ELECTRICITY

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Protest over removal of illegal electricity connections

“Even if we get electrical boxes for ten houses, that is fine. We will pay,” says Philippi resident

By Velani Ludidi - 2 August 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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Protesting small business owners stop meter reading tender, demand 30%

Supply chain management office closed by demonstrators ahead of R50 million tender deadline in PE

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 4 July 2019
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Child-headed household faces bleak future

Siyanda Nyovane is head of his household and lives in a shack. The 19-year-old has kept himself and his younger brother in school for years

By Ella Ndongeni - 2 July 2019
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Electricity restored to Pietermaritzburg township after months of power cuts

Eskom installed a new transformer in the area in June

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 1 July 2019
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No water, no toilets, no electricity in Qandu-qandu

Thousands in Khayelitsha informal settlement hope and wait for basic services

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 1 July 2019
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“Everytime I look at these wires, I remember how my grandson died,” says East London grandmother

A number of people have been electrocuted in Amalinda Forest informal settlement in the past three years

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 28 June 2019
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Marikana informal settlement erupts in protests

Vehicles torched and shack dwellers tear-gassed as Philippi East residents demand services from the City of Cape Town

By Velani Ludidi and Tariro Washinyira - 24 June 2019
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Cape Town storm pics: informal settlements hard hit by high winds

“The house was shaking and if I slept I knew I would be putting my life in danger”

By Velani Ludidi - 23 June 2019
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300 homes share eight pit toilets

Shackdwellers in Polar Park and Tyampolo, East London, are not even on housing waiting lists

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 18 June 2019
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Buy or expropriate the land, Marikana shack dwellers tell City

“In a big and beautiful city like Cape Town I don’t expect this kind of life”

By Tariro Washinyira - 24 April 2019
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Bobani must deliver on his promises to PE shack dwellers, say protesters

Councillor promises that informal settlements in NU29 will have services in two weeks

By Joseph Chirume - 1 April 2019
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Cape Town shack dwellers march for RDP houses

“As long as each family has a tap, a toilet, and a box of electricity, we will be happy.”

By Vincent Lali - 15 March 2019
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Mayor Bobani promises electrificity to two informal settlements in PE

We will not give you our votes if you lie to us, warns protester

By Joseph Chirume - 13 March 2019
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Shack dwellers in King William’s Town won’t relocate for electrification

Upgrade to Kanana Village means a hundred residents need to demolish their shacks

By Lisekho Madikane - 12 March 2019
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Damning report on Eskom air pollution

Coal-fired plants breached legal emission levels 3,200 times in 21 months

By John Yeld - 26 February 2019