Overflowing sewage pollutes numerous settlements around the Eastern Cape city and makes living there unbearable.
Tomase still has longer to wait for her ID document that will give her and her children access to a social grant or the covid-19 emergency relief grant as a cushion against their grinding poverty.
NEHAWU in the Eastern Cape says it will use a 21st of August strike by health workers to force the department to hire more staff.
Civil society, community-based organisations, trade unions and activists protested in major cities and towns around the country to demand better living and working conditions.
Protests around the country to mark the start of a national campaign by different organisations to build and connect community struggles against covid-19 and government austerity took place on Saturday, 1 August.
According to gender activists, the lockdown due to covid-19 has tightened the grip abusers have over their victims at home.
Community organisations and activists that favoured the closure of schools differ over whether Grades seven and twelve should return to school in the Western Cape.
Despite government’s repeated promises to upgrade sanitation facilities in South African schools, pit toilets are all that is available to 200 learners at the school, and only one is usable.
During his visit to the Port Elizabeth area, Health Minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize admitted that the health facilities in the Eastern Cape are in an appalling state.
Healthcare workers at Frere hospital in East London say that their working conditions have not changed since they last protested in June.
Trade unions organising domestic workers in Zimbabwe say that employers are taking full advantage of the changing work environment imposed by the lockdown due to covid-19.
Covid-19 and the consequent lockdown has affected communal food gardens that contribute to food security for the poor in Alexandra.