Support given to poor households is being taken away by the municipality’s insistence on the recovery of costs for services.
The lack of economic opportunities in small rural and farming towns around the country is driving up social ills. Most of these towns rely on a single industry, typically farming. Unemployment is high and too many children pregnant. Alcohol abuse is reportedly spiking because there are more bottle stores in town than factories or bookshops.
For twenty six years Nonkululeko Maneli has dedicated her life to taking care of orphans. She started running the Ekuphumleni Masincedane Centre from a shack in Duncan Village in 1991, sustaining her project with handouts.
Scores of social grant beneficiaries left the Portlands Indoor Sport and Recreational Centre in Portlands, Mitchells Plain angry and disappointed having not received the correct grant amount owed to them.