WATER

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Disaster fund needed to clean KZN river spill

1,6 million litres of fatty oils and caustic soda poured out of Willowton Oil into the Msundusi River on Tuesday leaving a trail of destruction

By Fred Kockott - 18 August 2019
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Day zero in Butterworth

Not drought but municipalities caused water crisis, say residents

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 14 August 2019
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Drought and strike leave taps dry in Butterworth

Protesting residents block N2 demanding water tankers

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 12 August 2019
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Water restored to Eastern Cape villages in Dutywa

GroundUp reported on a leaking pipe in July

By Mbulelo Sisulu - 5 August 2019
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Eastern Cape villages have had no water for almost two weeks

Primary school told to pay for water tankers

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 2 August 2019
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After 25 years of waiting for government, Ncwadi erupts in protests

“Now that we are doing what other communities are doing, police shoot at us. Protesting is the last option but we had no choice.”

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 30 July 2019
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From drought to floods for Cape Town

City says 3,640 structures affected

By Velani Ludidi - 24 July 2019
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Veld fire causes Rhodes University to evacuate residences

Blaze brought under control and no damage to buildings

By Lucas Nowicki - 24 July 2019
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The land is “unsuitable for habitation” says municipality, but thousands live on it

Sikiti informal settlement in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, was established over 20 years ago

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 19 July 2019
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Daily struggle to get water in Pietermaritzburg location

Water trucks no longer deliver, and a project to install taps has stopped in Umkhambathini

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 18 July 2019
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Taps run dry while broken pipe wastes water for a month

“Our government says we must look after water because of drought. But it seems they do not practise what they preach,” says Eastern Cape villager

By Mbulelo Sisulu - 16 July 2019
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Protesters blame corruption for lack of water in Umlazi

“We hear that the officials are benefiting from the water tankers”

By Musa Binda - 15 July 2019
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Protesting small business owners stop meter reading tender, demand 30%

Supply chain management office closed by demonstrators ahead of R50 million tender deadline in PE

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 4 July 2019
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No water, no toilets, no electricity in Qandu-qandu

Thousands in Khayelitsha informal settlement hope and wait for basic services

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 1 July 2019
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Pietermaritzburg municipality lets water go to waste, but residents have to queue at the tap

100 people to one tap in Pavilion informal settlement

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 27 June 2019
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Marikana informal settlement erupts in protests

Vehicles torched and shack dwellers tear-gassed as Philippi East residents demand services from the City of Cape Town

By Velani Ludidi and Tariro Washinyira - 24 June 2019