SANITATION

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Western Cape government confronts City of Cape Town over “appalling unhygienic” conditions in Dunoon

City says it has “a service delivery obligation but is not itself the cause of the pollution”

By Peter Luhanga - 14 November 2019
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Open manhole is an accident waiting to happen

A drain in Uitenhage has stood uncovered for two months, say residents

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 13 November 2019
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Makhanda High Court orders MEC to improve sanitation in school

Judgment follows six years of petitioning Department of Education for new toilets

By Madison Yauger - 13 November 2019
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Initiation school mired in filth

Illegal dumping is compromising Xhosa traditional practice at a school in Govan Mbeki

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 7 November 2019
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“Urine streams down the taxi rank”

Toilets at Govan Mbeki Taxi Rank in Port Elizabeth have not worked for three months, commuters say

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 6 November 2019
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Land occupation named after Mayor Bobani erupts in protests

“He said we can rebuild our shacks and live here. He promised to give us toilets, water and electricity”

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 29 October 2019
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Thugs scare municipal workers away from broken township drains

Drain in Soweto-on-Sea took months to fix

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 28 October 2019
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A day in the life of a municipal sewerage worker

“When I started I had to fight off nausea”

By Peter Luhanga - 28 October 2019
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Beerhouse losing customers because of sewage outflow from blocked drain

Tshikota residents complain that drains have not been fixed for years

By Bernard Chiguvare - 25 October 2019
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Still no services after 21 years, say Silversands residents

Community want potholes and sewers fixed and a police station, clinic, taxi rank and library built

By Vincent Lali - 23 October 2019
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“Serious health risk” to Marikana residents as garbage piles up

Refuse uncollected since August as City and community dispute who should do the work

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 18 October 2019
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Claiming the wasted opportunities in recycling

Pilot project in Brixton and Auckland Park brings informal waste pickers and residents together to benefit both

By Zoë Postman - 16 October 2019
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Rats still live in Kanana’s filthy ditches

30-year-old settlement is still a mess

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 4 October 2019
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Vhembe municipality leaves broken sewerage pipe for six months

Filthy water flowing into the river

By Bernard Chiguvare - 20 September 2019
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Services delayed, inaccessible after wave of protests in Motherwell

“This has definitely affected development in the ward” says councillor

By Joseph Chirume - 16 September 2019
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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