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Load shedding is killing small businesses

“We are losing profits. Our clients are impatient and always in a hurry. They can’t wait for about two and a half hours.”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana, Thembela Ntongana and Tariro Washinyira - 15 February 2019
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Picket against new coal stations at energy summit

Coal-fired power plant plans are “dragging the country’s efforts to address climate change backwards”

By Yann Macherez - 11 December 2018
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Fire victims at Overcome Heights want electricity and water restored

It has been a month since a fire displaced 800 people

By Bernard Chiguvare - 3 December 2018
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Westville residents threaten further protests

Port Elizabeth informal settlement divided on relocation and development

By Joseph Chirume - 29 November 2018
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Abahlali activist claims he was left out of electricity project as punishment

But municipality says project can’t be completed because area is not safe

By Nomfundo Xolo - 20 November 2018
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Electricity bill gives pensioner a shock

Estimated reading by City four times higher than her usual bill

By Barbara Maregele - 31 October 2018
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Villagers waiting 20 years for basic services

Upper Xhwili near Mthatha has no electricity, piped clean water or decent roads

By Chumani Mazwi - 26 October 2018
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Day care centre rebuilt after fire – for the fifth time

“I just need the municipality to assist me rebuild,” says principal

By Chris Gilili - 19 October 2018
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Land occupiers in Philippi want City to buy Oasis land

Oasis Crescent Property mum on future of occupation

By Bernard Chiguvare - 19 October 2018
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Thousands of people need toilets, taps and electricity in Khayelitsha

New Monwabisi Park shack dwellers march for basic services

By Vincent Lali - 10 October 2018
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Overflowing sewage, no electricity, one tap and two toilets for over 300 residents

Residents of Duncan Village blame councillor

By Chris Gilili - 3 October 2018
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110 families in Mfuleni have no taps, toilets, electricity or even rubbish bin bags

“Government never told us where we should live after we had to move out”

By Vincent Lali - 18 September 2018
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Residents of informal settlement in Philippi demand electrification

City of Cape Town says permission must be obtained from PRASA, which owns the land the settlement is on

By Vincent Lali - 17 September 2018
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Former mayor promised us houses, say Nyanga residents

Shack dwellers in Lotus Park emergency housing say they have been waiting since 2003

By Tariro Washinyira - 15 August 2018
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East London residents demand illegal electricity connections be restored

Harry Gwala shack dwellers have been waiting for ten years to be formally electrified

By Chris Gilili - 13 August 2018
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Family breadwinner electrocuted by illegal connection

Residents say they have long been battling with the municipality to get electrification for Vastrap informal settlement

By Joseph Chirume - 18 July 2018