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Government keen to clean up its housing image

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Corruption Watch has received nearly 170 reports that allege various irregularities in the allocation of RDP houses. Photo: Department of Human Settlements.

Protecting the rights of informal traders

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Continued harassment of informal street traders and plans by the City of Johannesburg to prohibit trading in certain parts of the inner city compel human rights organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) to publish a pamphlet on the rights of informal traders.

Supporting community organising against evictions

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In a post-apartheid South Africa, poor black people still face evictions, demolitions and continue battling for land and housing. The Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), attempts to strengthen organising against unlawful evictions, using the powerful ‘Dear Mandela’ documentary as an entry point.

Municipalities improve corruption-reporting process

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By Valencia Talane

Protection for whistleblowers who report corruption within a municipality has been reinforced, thanks to new regulations that come into effect in July. The new Municipal Regulations on Financial Misconduct Procedures and Criminal Proceedings were gazetted into law on Friday 30 May.

Informal settlement may have to move for water

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By Cynthia Maseko

Skaaprus informal settlement residents have battled for 25 years for clean water. Now, local government officials say there may be little they can do for them unless they move.

Located just outside Ermelo, Skaaprus sprung up alongside one of Mpumalanga’s coal mines and is home to an estimated 500 residents. In 2012, Msukaligwa Municipality built one borehole for the community.

National toilet plan

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By Kerry Cullinan

The first national sanitation summit was convened yesterday to start drawing up a “people’s plan for sanitation and dignity”.

Sanitation Summit: “Our dignity is undermined”

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By Bulelani Ngovi

“Lack of access to water and sanitation is an insult to human dignity,” emphasised the Social Justice Coalition (SJC)in a National Sanitation Summit held at Community House in Salt River yesterday.

The SJC, who organised the summit, alleges that the national government is failing to tackle the issue of accessibility to water and sanitation in the country.

Local government in South Africa: Procurement

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When any organ of state contracts for goods and services, such as the building of roads or structures, it must do so in accordance with a system that is equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective.

Local government in South Africa: The councillor

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By Valencia Talane