Rubbish in Delft overwhelms City of Cape Town response

City says it spends R300-million a year cleaning up illegal dumps but can’t make headway without community support


Brief | 30 June 2023

Under water for two weeks: Cape Town’s Covid informal settlement

Residents fear disease could break out from the human waste in the water


News | 26 June 2023

Families here relieve themselves in plastic bags which they throw into the drains

In Lusaka informal settlement in Cape Town there are not enough toilets, drains are blocked, and there is a terrible stench


News | 22 June 2023

Shack dwellers protest in support of Nelson Mandela Bay’s DA mayor

Mayor delivered over 300 chemical toilets that are cleaned every second day, a protester tells ANC representatives. “All you want to do is loot,” says another.


News | 25 May 2023

Amathole villagers drink from the river while new contractor for water project appointed

Municipality takes over drinking water project meant to have been completed last year


News | 23 May 2023

“Using the bucket is better than risking your life trying to go to the neighbour’s toilet” says Durban resident

The DA in KZN is writing to the Human Rights Commission about old and overflowing pit toilets in the community


News | 19 May 2023

Over 500 people share two communal taps in Diepsloot

“It’s unbearable living in Diepsloot. We are living like animals,” says mother of two


Brief | 15 May 2023

Vital court battle over what kinds of toilets the state must provide

Ekurhuleni community wants unsafe and unhygienic chemical toilets replaced with flushing ones


Law | 12 May 2023

We have to buy water for R300 a month, say families in Mpumalanga villages

Residents say they’ve been without consistent water supply for three years


News | 3 May 2023

Freedom Day in Philippi: gunshots, robberies and piles of rubbish

Crime has free rein in one of Cape Town’s poorest suburbs


Feature | 27 April 2023

More than 30 families share one pit toilet at this Durban informal settlement

Residents say eThekwini Municipality has failed to fix most of the toilets in the area which are blocked and broken


Brief | 26 April 2023

300 toilets were built on this site seven years ago. Now at last the promised houses may be built around them

Families are still living in shacks next to their broken toilets


Brief | 25 April 2023

Thousands of households without running water for three weeks in eThekwini

Municipality has still not repaired damage caused by an electrical fire at the Ntuzuma Pump Station


Brief | 19 April 2023

Limpopo protesters demand mobile toilets for schools with pit latrines

One school has three pit toilets for 400 learners


Brief | 12 April 2023

66,000 learners in Limpopo schools are still using pit latrines

But the numbers are falling at last


News | 11 April 2023

Children are dying from izinyoka electricity while Tongaat families wait to be housed

Four years after construction started, not a single house has been completed in R120-million Umbhayi project

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News | 6 April 2023