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Water crisis looms in Kestell, Free State

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With the construction of a promised dam delayed, residents of Kestell, Free State say that the lack of water risks their lives and their livelihoods.

Residents of Thlolong township in Kestell about 45 km east of Bethlehem were promised that construction on a nearby dam that would supply them with

Bethlehem informal residents beg water off neighbours

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By Bontle Motsoeneng

Residents of Silahliwe informal settlement outside Bethlehem share one working toilet for about every 900 people. According to local officials, securing access to water and sanitation may mean that about a third of the settlement’s residents will have to move.

R300 million slated to improve Madibeng Municipal water

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By Mishack Mahlangu

Local Ward 3 Councillor Susan Nthangeni says R300 million has been allocated to fix local municipal pipes and boreholes following deadly service delivery protests in April.

Tshwane communities survive on a trickle of water

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By Mishack Mahlangu 

Areas of Winterveld about 40 kms outside of Pretoria say they are tired of relying on municipal water trucks as Rand Water pipes remain dry.

Braamfischerville sewage upgrade “60 percent complete”

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By Lungile Thamela

Braamfischerville have welcomed the second phase in renovations set to improve waste management in the Soweto neighbourhood. Created in 1999, Braamfischerville originally relied on small asbestos pipes to ferry sewage away from houses and to water treatment plants.

“We started with 21000 units of households and later on more were added with the building of RDP and bonds houses,” said Ward 44 Councillor George Lekgetho, who estimates that the area now boasts 36,000 households.

Thembelihle and the criminalisation of dissent

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An Anatomy of Dissent and Repression: The Criminal Justice System and the 2011 Thembelihle Protest, a SERI produced report. Photo: Koketso Moeti

Good municipalities are about more than good financial management

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Every year without fail, the release of the Auditor-General results on municipalities and municipal entities is the only time that local government is consistently in the news. We are bombarded with news about the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ performing municipalities, but this is done in a manner that separates municipal financial management from the core business of local government- service delivery.

Negotiating the RDP rules and regulations

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“We will take back those houses if you sell them for profit, because we build them for a purpose. Put it away safely.”

Breaking the myth of ‘demobilised’ communities

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"Community leaders are seen as the opposition - we are labelled, attacked and criminalised", says General Moyo, a Makause resident facing various charges including intimidation following a community protest against police brutality.