Articles by Joseph Chirume

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Covid-19: Informal settlement gets long-awaited toilets

“The municipality should not wait to act when there are pandemics like [Covid-19] to provide residents with basic services” says PE resident

By Joseph Chirume - 6 April 2020
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Covid-19: Busy roads, long queues and children playing in the streets of Port Elizabeth

Pensioners queue among mass of shoppers to collect social grants

By Joseph Chirume and Mkhuseli Sizani - 30 March 2020
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Hundreds of incomplete RDP homes left to rot

National and provincial human settlements departments say NU29 housing project is responsibility of the municipality

By Joseph Chirume - 30 March 2020
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Raw sewage flowing since October from broken pipe in PE

Residents say they have repeatedly reported the issue, but municipal workers never come

By Joseph Chirume - 24 March 2020
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Informal settlements rise up against municipality’s “lies”

Roads blocked and cars stoned

By Joseph Chirume - 20 March 2020
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Covid-19: Universities across the country close

Students asked to vacate residences at UCT

By Ashraf Hendricks and Joseph Chirume - 17 March 2020
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Pensioner helps himself and his neighbourhood by recycling from illegal dumps

“The illegal dumping sites are a nuisance to our health and to the environment,” says PE resident Ntsokolo Konzapi

By Joseph Chirume - 13 March 2020
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R4 million plan to clear dumpsites after death of children

Nelson Mandela Bay mayor also promises play parks

By Joseph Chirume - 11 March 2020
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Health Department accused of failing to pay security guards at Motherwell clinics

Security guards were only paid 50% of their salaries in February

By Joseph Chirume - 3 March 2020
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Addo shut down by protests

Residents of one of the area’s oldest informal settlements want houses, electricity, tap water, toilets and passable roads

By Joseph Chirume - 28 February 2020
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Vandals make drought worse in Graaff-Reinet

Taps ran dry last year for thousands of residents in drought-stricken town

By Joseph Chirume - 24 February 2020
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Failing pump floods Addo street with sewage

“Our municipality does not care about its residents”

By Joseph Chirume - 20 February 2020
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Strike by Emergency Medical Services ends after four days

EMS employees in Graaff-Reinet went on strike last week Tuesday

By Joseph Chirume - 18 February 2020
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Raw sewage flows into Sundays River, possibly for years already

Municipality says mechanical and electrical failure causing spillage

By Joseph Chirume - 17 February 2020
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Zimbabwean who got seven distinctions has started university

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of donors and ordinary people whose contributions will change Triphin’s life”

By Joseph Chirume - 4 February 2020
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I wish elections were held every month, says Motherwell voter

Rubbish dumps suddenly being cleared

By Joseph Chirume - 29 January 2020