Residents of Queenstown want the troubled Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality to be placed under administration because of financial mismanagement and its failure to deliver services. At least 44 municipal assets worth millions – including fire brigade and garbage collection vehicles and road graders – were auctioned off to pay a construction company that built a community hall in Sterkstroom back in 2016.
The peace agreement intended to bring the turf war between rival taxi associations in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape appears to be holding. Police Minister Bheki Cele brokered the deal by closing taxi ranks and routes. A month after the signing of the deal, just two ranks have reopened.
In 2011, the informal settlement of Bhungeni in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape was demolished to make way for a shopping mall and the residents were relocated to a transit camp erected by the Department of Human Settlements. They remain to this day in this camp they called Eugene and no shopping mall has been built on the land they vacated.
Despite the recent statistics about dam levels in the area, the Chris Hani District Municipality says that Bonkolo dam is at 10% and this is the reason for water cut-offs in Queenstown. Recent dam statistics from the Department of Water and Sanitation state that Waterdown dam which is about 33km from Queenstown and Xonxa dam which is 22km away are at 83,4% and 100,9% respectively.
Shoprite workers in King Williams Town have joined a two-day nationwide strike called by their union for better working conditions.
Police minister, Bheki Cele has intervened in the taxi violence in Mthatha that has claimed more than 60 people’s lives since 2016 by suspending major routes indefinitely, until the terms of a peace accord brokered between the warring taxi associations are respected.
The Eastern Cape Education MEC recently visited the school where a Grade R learner drowned in a pit-latrine and promised to build toilets.
A cleansing ceremony was held over the weekend to help the community heal after the murders at Ngcobo police station and the police’s retaliatory assault on the Seven Angels Ministry.
Students at Walter Sisulu University in Butterworth have shut the Ibika campus following the withdrawal of accreditation for the civil engineering degree and student leaders are busy negotiating with management on this and other issues.
Accommodation problems at some institutions of higher learning in Eastern Cape have affected learning and teaching.
Police and policing resources are biased in favour of urban precincts and the defense of property as is evident in the recent killing of five cops at Engcobo police station.