Shack dwellers break down dam wall and build homes. 2019-02-09
Residents living in the overcrowded informal settlement of Ekuphumuleni behind the Dunoon municipal hall near Milnerton in Cape Town, broke down a concrete fence and occupied land on the edge of a dam. Before the occupation, the site was an illegal dump. The occupiers pushed piles of garbage into the dam to clear the site and build their homes.
MEC warns that tracts of KZN are running out of water. 2019-02-06
Nomusa Dube Ncube, MEC for Co-operative Governance, said the “The threat to household food security, especially in the rural areas, is real”. “The green drought continue to have a devastating impact on the farming sector, and support for the industry is being actively sought by the farming community.” She also announced that R122million had already been set aside to assist in drought relief, and that parts of the province were viewed as “disaster areas”.
School gets toilets after GroundUp report.
Amalooloo, a Pretoria company, has donated 16 dry toilets to the Ndlelayabasha Primary school in Pietermaritzburg. In July 2018 GroundUp.org.za reported that the school was struggling, having only one pit toilet (danger to younger learners) to cater for 455 learners. The school has flushing toilets but these cannot function due to an inconsistent water supply for three years and if the water has not been delivered by a water tanker.
#EveryDropCounts: 'Water-scarce cities must become climate resistant'.
Experts who spoke about climate change at the recent National Science Forum were of the opinion that Cape Town needed to become climate resilient, as cities could no longer rely only on rainwater. With Cape Town being the largest regional economic driver, it has to start managing its water resources better so that it does not run out of water.
Families still without electricity, four years after fire. 2018-01-15
More than 100 families living in Masiphumelele Wetlands informal settlement of the City of Cape Town area, who had electricity before, say they have been without electricity since fires in May 2014 and November 2015. Section C was destroyed in May of 2014 and then, in November 2015, the biggest fire destroyed over 1000 homes, mostly in E section.