SANITATION

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Why Makhanda residents are taking their municipality to court

Sewage spills are an environmental and health crisis

By Cecile van Schalkwyk and Catherine Sofianos - 24 January 2020
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Residents look forward to government officials travelling on potholed road and “feeling their pain”

Willowfontein residents fed up with broken promises

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 17 January 2020
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Scores attend funeral of poisoned children in Motherwell

Families considering legal action against municipality

By Joseph Chirume - 13 January 2020
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Toilet cleaners battle to get detergents and equipment from Buffalo City Municipality

Cleaners say they pay for their own cleaning materials

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 9 January 2020
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Pigs feast on human excrement as township drain overflows

KwaNobuhle residents have been complaining about leaks for two years, they say

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 9 January 2020
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Death of children from toxic waste: municipality blames residents for dumping

But deadly dumpsite cleared at last

By Joseph Chirume - 8 January 2020
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Residents point fingers at municipality after children poisoned on dumpsite

Motherwell families say rubbish is not collected and there is nowhere for children to play

By Joseph Chirume - 7 January 2020
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Open trench poses safety risk, say Uitenhage residents

Municipality says complaints will be “escalated as matter of urgency”

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 17 December 2019
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Learners demand toilets and water for Limpopo schools

Department claims construction at schools will start January 2020

By Bernard Chiguvare - 13 December 2019
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Nelson Mandela Bay admits to “serious infrastructure problems”

Communities have been complaining of recurring blockages and overflowing sewage

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 6 December 2019
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At last! Toilets for Sidubi Poort Junior Secondary School

Lecturer read GroundUp story and contacted donors

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 4 December 2019
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Residents of Amalinda say they have been forgotten

500 households with no electrification, months without rubbish collection, only two taps and a dozen working toilets

By Yamkela Ntshongwana - 28 November 2019
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Four working toilets for 500 families

Ward councillor blames residents for blocked toilets

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 26 November 2019
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Concern over unclean conditions at initiation schools

Forum launches initiation season in Nelson Mandela Bay claiming no deaths since 2016

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 21 November 2019
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PE street cleaners protest, demand backpay

They claim they weren’t paid for August

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 15 November 2019
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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