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Frustrated by lack of services, shack dwellers block Baden Powell Drive

“The City will never help us until we protest.”

By Vincent Lali - 18 March 2019
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Living beside an open sewer in Port Elizabeth

“Raw sewage pops out of the ground … It eventually overflows into the house”

By Joseph Chirume - 18 March 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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Janitors face losing battle in Khayelitsha as taps fail

City investigating low water pressure problem

By Vincent Lali - 12 March 2019
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Overflowing drain stinks out Vrygrond

Blockage is severe and will take time to fix says City

By Velani Ludidi - 8 March 2019
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Garbage piles up in Cambridge, East London

Ward councillor says problem is across the metro

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 8 March 2019
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“We won’t vote” say Khayelitsha shack dwellers

“Because I have no land or house, I feel as if I’m a foreigner.”

By Vincent Lali - 7 March 2019
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Hardworking and dedicated, but these janitors in East London can go unpaid for weeks

Toilet cleaners also have to buy their own cleaning materials and chemicals and work without gloves or protective clothing

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 4 March 2019
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500 families wait for drains to be emptied

Pietermaritzburg municipality admits to maintenance problem

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 1 March 2019
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Wastewater audit missing as countrywide water shortage looms

After reports were sent to cabinet, water test results have not been released for five years

By Steve Kretzmann - 25 February 2019
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Toilets overflow and taps run dry in Enkanini

Residents vow to continue protesting until the problem is fixed

By Vincent Lali - 21 February 2019
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City fails to publish water quality tests for two years

Public cannot assess effects of sewage disposal in sea

By Steve Kretzmann - 11 February 2019
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Is Zandvliet poisoning Capetonians?

A nearby community is convinced it is, but test results are inconclusive

Text by Daneel Knoetze. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 1 February 2019
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Activist leader Axolile Notywala arrested

Residents of informal settlements demand sanitation in protest aimed at Mayor Dan Plato

By Thembela Ntongana - 31 January 2019
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Protesters threaten to empty toilets onto road

Msunduzi municipality doesn’t listen, say residents

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 30 January 2019
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School gets toilets after GroundUp report

Pretoria company donates 16 dry toilets to Pietermaritzburg school

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 30 January 2019