GroundUp is covering the run-up to the municipal elections in 2016. We'll keep links to articles relevant to the elections here, including a series of ward profiles.

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Port Elizabeth’s ward 26: an ANC divided

While the ruling party is unlikely to lose this ward on Wednesday, it showcases its problems in the city

By Steve Kretzmann - 30 July 2016
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Man accused of assault in Xolobeni is ANC election candidate

Named in affidavits, Nthethelelo Madikizela denies involvement in attack

By Ashleigh Furlong - 29 July 2016
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No water, no tarred roads, no clinic, no schools: the forgotten community of eGoqweni

Residents haven’t seen their ward councillor since 2014

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 27 July 2016
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A look at Port Elizabeth’s most closely contested ward

Ward 38's community lives on the edge of a wasteland

By Steve Kretzmann - 25 July 2016
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Ward 74: Beautiful valley with an ugly problem

A shortage of housing remains the hot-button issue in Hout Bay

By Steve Kretzmann - 18 July 2016
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ANC branch chair and children survive hail of bullets at home

Political factionalism in Ward 22 Pietermaritzburg blamed for violence

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 15 July 2016
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Accused in ANC double murder granted bail

While supporters of the families of the deceased wept, Bonginkosi Shabalala's supporters celebrated

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 15 July 2016
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ANC mayoral candidate’s claims don’t stand up to scrutiny

Allegations about Cape Town's and province's human settlements budgets are false or unsubstantiated

By Kayla Molander - 15 July 2016
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Candidate for ward council comes to rescue of fire victims

Residents accuse current councillor of neglecting them

By Siphokazi Vuso - 14 July 2016
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No effort by municipality to fix leaking water and sewage

For years, residents of Ekwarini have lived in damp squalor, and the Buffalo City administration has done nothing about it

By Siphokazi Vuso - 11 July 2016

Families stuck in shacks because of government squabble

Housing project halted while municipality and contractor differ over invoice

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 11 July 2016
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ANC split in Philippi

Supporters of the incumbent councillor say they will not allow voting in August

By Bernard Chiguvare - 11 July 2016
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Tension between those with and without electricity in Mdantsane

Illegal connections of shack-dwellers cause power outages for neighbours

By Abongile Ndevu - 6 July 2016

N2 blocked over ANC election dispute

We "love the ANC" but it must "learn how to respect" people, says protester

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 30 June 2016
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ANC election list fraud

Party says its Khayelitsha ward 93 councillor will be made to resign as soon as elected

By Kayla Molander - 28 June 2016
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Residents say they will torch ANC candidate’s home

Community in ward 11, Pietermaritzburg, don't want councillor to stand for re-election

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 24 June 2016