National Arts Festival battles to get much-needed Lottery funding

The decision not to fund the country’s longest running arts festival was communicated a month before its start date


News | 13 June 2024

Three years after a court order, illegal dumps in Makhanda have not been cleared

There has been only partial compliance by the municipality, while numerous dumpsites continue to plague residents


Brief | 23 May 2024

Deadline for Makhanda water works upgrades missed – again

Completion of work at the James Kleynhans Water Treatment Works has been extended for the third time in six months


News | 13 May 2024

14 years after court order, government starts building special school in Makhanda

Amasango Career School’s permanent premises to be completed by 2027


Brief | 29 April 2024

The only post office open in Makhanda has not had electricity for nine months

Staff use their cellphones to light their work


News | 16 April 2024

Makhanda students burn paper in protest against NSFAS

Three days of protest because allowances are now paid directly to landlords


Brief | 26 February 2024

Ayanda Kota, who dedicated his life to fighting for the underdog, has died

Chair of the Unemployed People’s Movement was Makhanda’s most prominent activist

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Obituary | 23 February 2024

Makhanda taps dry for days after water treatment works failure

An emergency shutdown left most of the city without any water for a few days this week


News | 22 February 2024

Amatola Water misses deadline to fix Makhanda’s water woes yet again

Upgrades to water treatment works more than six years behind schedule. New deadline is April 2024.


News | 24 January 2024

No clarity on when Makhanda will have a post office again

The post office closed in July


Brief | 2 November 2023

Mandela Park families approved a sample toilet in 2008. 15 years later, they’re still waiting for the rest

Residents of Eastern Cape informal settlement say they’re not going to vote unless they get their promised toilets


News | 1 November 2023

Right to Read campaign launches in Makhanda

Civil society and teachers join forces to make early-grade literacy a national priority


Brief | 20 October 2023

Makhanda households fed up with living in a sewage nightmare

Residents of Hooggenoeg and Scotts Farm say the sewer system has been dysfunctional for over a decade


News | 18 September 2023

Makhanda without a post office since July

People from the town and surrounding areas are having to travel to Port Alfred


News | 8 September 2023

Government must intervene in Intercape bus attacks

Judge “determined not to be misunderstood” in ordering transport minister, Eastern Cape MEC and police to take action


Law | 24 August 2023

Dysfunctional Makana municipality slammed by COGTA minister

Municipality spent just 58% of its budget says Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister


News | 11 August 2023