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Confusion over land ownership leaves Butterworth residents in limbo

Hundreds of families without services for 12 years

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 16 September 2019
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Day zero in Butterworth

Not drought but municipalities caused water crisis, say residents

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 14 August 2019
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Drought and strike leave taps dry in Butterworth

Protesting residents block N2 demanding water tankers

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 12 August 2019
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“No one was going to believe me” says rape survivior

Eastern Cape women struggle with prosecution of rapists

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 8 August 2019
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Dagga business in the open in Eastern Cape

For members of the Rastafarian community it’s an economic opportunity, but some want it shut down

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 31 July 2019
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Villagers close rotting school in Eastern Cape

“Our school gets annual maintenance budget but it is very useless to maintain rotten material”

By Mbulelo Sisulu - 22 July 2019
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The land is “unsuitable for habitation” says municipality, but thousands live on it

Sikiti informal settlement in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, was established over 20 years ago

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 19 July 2019
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Taps run dry while broken pipe wastes water for a month

“Our government says we must look after water because of drought. But it seems they do not practise what they preach,” says Eastern Cape villager

By Mbulelo Sisulu - 16 July 2019
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Tsomo’s mystery water tankers

Municipality says it provides a water tanker but residents say they’ve never seen one

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 1 March 2019
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In this Eastern Cape school, learners borrow a broken toilet seat from one of the staff toilets

“This is not a school but a disaster waiting to happen”

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 30 November 2018
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Butterworth’s R14-million public pool nears completion after nine years

But there is no water to fill it

By Thembela Ntongana - 21 November 2017
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Health department wants to close informal facility for destitute people

Khululabantu Bam centre in Butterworth described as “not appropriate” for mentally ill

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 20 November 2017
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Eastern Cape towns struggle with water rationing

Drought takes its toll in Amathole district

By Mbulelo Sisulu - 16 August 2017
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What does it take to get the Eastern Cape Department of Education to fix a school?

Nearly three years later, a school damaged in a storm remains broken

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 11 May 2017
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Residents in fear as street lights fail

Memories of serial killer haunt Butterworth village

By Mbulelo Sisulu - 10 May 2017
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Families evicted by tribal authority want to go back to their land

Residents of Bhungeni were moved to make way for shopping mall

By Mbulelo Sisulu - 12 April 2017