Articles by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

Community health workers disrupt clinics in Eastern Cape

They have been demanding to be made permanent for years

By and

18 February 2021

No classes for thousands of children because school cannot meet Covid-19 requirements

Joe Gqabi District Municipality closed ET Thabane Primary School last year


3 February 2021

Police use pepper spray against Covid-19 grant queue in East London

Desperate rush to collect grants as deadline looms

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik, Mkhuseli Sizani, Thamsanqa Mbovane, Masego Mafata, Lloyd Dyongman and Marecia Damons

29 January 2021

What this municipality hadn’t done in years, Gift of the Givers did in just three days

Water quality still has to be tested, but Eastern Cape villages now have boreholes

By and

4 December 2020

Almost R254 million and 10 years later, still no water in villages

Taps of 17 villages in Matatiele, Eastern Cape, have never seen water


16 November 2020

1,000 RDP homes substandard and unfinished

R174-million Eastern Cape building fiasco


3 November 2020

People pay R50 bribe to post office staff to get their R350 Covid-19 grant

Women cry from hunger and sleep outside waiting to be served


2 November 2020

Butterworth water protests politically motivated says municipality

“Officials live in East London … When they take a bath they spend an hour because they have enough water” responds protester


23 October 2020

Unfinished RDP houses abandoned for nearly two decades

The housing department says it has since appointed contractors to complete two projects in Stutterheim


19 October 2020

Millions spent, six years gone, still no electricity for Eastern Cape villagers

Only two of the seven villages located near Mount Frere have electricity


13 October 2020

Small business owners block the N2 over PPE contracts

Business owners accuse the Alfred Nzo district municipality of only giving contracts to company’s from other towns


1 October 2020

Families drink from drains as water trucks break down

Three out of four water trucks in Eastern Cape town are in for repairs


29 September 2020

Community beats three suspected criminals to death in Eastern Cape

Police blamed for the rise in vigilantism


11 September 2020

Villagers donate money to build a clinic in a shack

Villagers in the rural Eastern Cape struggling to access health services have tried to create their own infrastructure


9 September 2020

Loan shark steals SASSA cards in Eastern Cape

Beneficiaries forced to change PINs


9 September 2020