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Taps run dry in Sweetwaters

Residents in Pietermaritzburg township spent five days without water last week

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 11 October 2018
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110 families in Mfuleni have no taps, toilets, electricity or even rubbish bin bags

“Government never told us where we should live after we had to move out”

By Vincent Lali - 18 September 2018
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Taps run dry as drought grips Queenstown

Main dam is at 10% capacity

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik - 21 August 2018
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Land occupiers raise funds for fire victim, water installations, gravel roads

City of Cape Town criticises illegal water connections at Khayelitsha land occupation

By Vincent Lali - 20 August 2018

Two toilets for dozens of residents in Khayelitsha

City says shacks in Enkanini will need to be relocated to make space for more toilets

By Vincent Lali - 3 August 2018
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School children sent home when taps run dry

Ndlelayabasha Primary in Pietermaritzburg is struggling with water shortages

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 27 July 2018
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R78 million Eastern Cape water project fails to deliver

“In the past 18 months we have had water for only eight months. The last time water was running in our taps was six months ago.”

By Wara Fana - 23 July 2018
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Khayelitsha residents install their own communal taps

City of Cape Town says connections are illegal but it will see if it can assist with services

By Vincent Lali - 20 July 2018
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Was the water shortage caused by farmers, city dwellers or drought?

We have analysed the data, and can now answer this question

By Piotr Wolski - 19 July 2018
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Municipality fails to fix burst pipe for two years, says resident

Uitenhage resident says area around his house remains waterlogged despite reporting the problem to the City several times

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 9 July 2018
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Grahamstown’s water problems are under control

It is going to be a fantastic festival

By Ted Pillay - 24 June 2018
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Shacks flooded after week of Cape rains

Dam levels are rising and Day Zero in 2019 is unlikely, but for hundreds of thousands of people, the rains bring hardship

By Masixole Feni - 22 June 2018
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Grahamstown’s dirty water blamed on municipality’s inefficiency

Water was not being tested or treated properly because of a lack of money

By Lucas Nowicki - 21 June 2018
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Lusikisiki residents demand water

ANC members organise march against ANC politician

By Kwanele Mketeni - 12 June 2018
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H₂O International’s motives not pure

The purifying company’s South African franchise has made unproven claims about municipal water

By Eryn Scannell and GroundUp Staff - 16 May 2018
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It’s business as usual for some in drought-stricken Kouga

Residents say they are used to the taps running dry, but how long will Day Zero last?

By Joseph Chirume - 5 February 2018