Articles by Mkhuseli Sizani

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s hometown: no country for old women

Girls from the age of five and women into their 70s fetch water from a river in a town that has never had tap water

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25 November 2021

High school dropout rate blamed on water crisis in Eastern Cape village

The municipality says a R28 million water project will be completed in March next year

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24 November 2021

Eastern Cape women abandon vegetable gardens to collect scrap for cash

“Everything here in Qunu has collapsed after Madiba passed away”

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22 November 2021

Post office, SASSA office, library and community centre have all closed down in Madiba’s hometown

Unpaid electricity bills and armed robberies have collapsed Qunu’s multi-purpose community centre

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19 November 2021

Attacks, stock theft, shrinking pastures, drought and a lack of vets: Eastern Cape horse owners in dire straits

As government prioritises food production, horse farmers are left out

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17 November 2021

Taps run dry in the village of Mandela’s childhood home

Municipality failed to pay Eskom so pump station was switched off

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15 November 2021

Mthatha patients wait in the rain at clinics from 3am

“For years we have been treated like this, but it’s worse since Covid.”

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12 November 2021

Eastern Cape villagers refused to vote because of no-show mayor

At the Phungulelweni voting station in Ntabankulu Local Municipality only nine people voted

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11 November 2021

Thirsty villagers desert ANC for independent candidate

Broken promises over dam project said to be reason ANC vote dropped from 83% to 53% in Mhlontlo in the Eastern Cape

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10 November 2021

You might need to pitch up at 3am if you want something from this Home Affairs office

The Mthatha office is overwhelmed, official acknowledges

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3 November 2021

Families living in Tsolo forest say they won’t be voting on Monday

The settlement of about 1,000 households has almost no basic services

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28 October 2021

Grant beneficiaries are paying R100 of their R350 to jump the queue

“We are not forcing anyone to pay the money. We are creating jobs for ourselves”

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27 October 2021

Pregnant women queue all night outside abortion clinic

“Poor treatment like this forces some of the women to go for illegal abortions”

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21 October 2021

Mthatha families buy their own transformers to electrify their homes

“Children want electricity to do their school assignments”

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20 October 2021

Thousands struggle daily to get water in Mthatha

Municipal supplied jojo tanks were last filled in August in Joe Slovo Extension

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18 October 2021

Human Rights Commission asked to look into post-apartheid forced removal

255 people live in dire circumstances in “Soweto” in Mthatha after they were forcefully relocated in 2012

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18 October 2021