‘Enoch Mgijima Municipality is collapsing’

28th Jun 2018 Nombulelo Damba-Hendrick 0

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.

Lockdown keeps the peace in Mthatha taxi turf war

23rd May 2018 Mbulelo Sisulu 0

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.

Community forcibly removed in 2011 languishes in transit camp

12th May 2018 Mbulelo Sisulu 0

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.

Water restrictions continue in Queenstown despite full dams

11th Apr 2018 Nombulelo Damba-Hendrick 0

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.

Minister intervenes in Mthatha taxi violence

28th Mar 2018 Mbulelo Sisulu 0

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.