SANITATION

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Covid-19: Filthy toilets, no water … fighting the virus in Upington’s informal settlements

Toilets haven’t been emptied for weeks in some places

By Selby Nomnganga - 3 April 2020
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Covid-19: “We can’t stay inside when we have no toilets”

Lockdown meaningless in Dunoon informal settlements

By Peter Luhanga - 31 March 2020
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Illegal dumping site stinks in Mfuleni

Residents want wheelie bins, bin bags and regular garbage collection

By Vincent Lali - 27 March 2020
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Informal settlement residents demand water ahead of lockdown

“Everybody says that the most vulnerable will be protected but what has the government done to make sure the most vulnerable have access to water?”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 26 March 2020
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Our living conditions deserve the same attention as Coronavirus, say angry shackdwellers

Roads blocked, buses set alight in Port Elizabeth

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 25 March 2020
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Covid-19: It’s hard to wash your hands when 380 families share three taps

“If I use the one bucket of water to do laundry then I remain without water to cook and wash hands”

By Vincent Lali - 25 March 2020
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Raw sewage flowing since October from broken pipe in PE

Residents say they have repeatedly reported the issue, but municipal workers never come

By Joseph Chirume - 24 March 2020
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Residents vow to fight for services at funeral for boy killed by illegal electricity connection

Angry mourners defy government’s ban on gatherings of more than 100 people

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 23 March 2020
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Informal settlements rise up against municipality’s “lies”

Roads blocked and cars stoned

By Joseph Chirume - 20 March 2020
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“I am living in a toilet,” says eThekwini resident

Residents want the municipality to fix a sewage leak which they say has been overflowing since early January

By Nokulunga Majola - 16 March 2020
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Pensioner helps himself and his neighbourhood by recycling from illegal dumps

“The illegal dumping sites are a nuisance to our health and to the environment,” says PE resident Ntsokolo Konzapi

By Joseph Chirume - 13 March 2020
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Lusikisiki drowning in rubbish and sewage

“I’ve got used to the smell of sewage but my customers have not,” says food stall owner

By Sibahle Siqathule - 11 March 2020
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R4 million plan to clear dumpsites after death of children

Nelson Mandela Bay mayor also promises play parks

By Joseph Chirume - 11 March 2020
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Not much progress with Ramaphosa’s school sanitation campaign

Only 266 out of 3,898 schools have benefitted

By Nompumelelo Mahlangu - 2 March 2020
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Taxis plough through sewage in Port Elizabeth

A drain has been overflowing on Old Uitenhage Road for six weeks

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 25 February 2020
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Not safe to go to the toilet

Residents of Kliprand informal settlement have opted for the bucket system because gangs target people using communal toilets at night

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 24 February 2020