Residents of newly occupied areas in Cape Town struggle to maintain a dignified life without water, electricity and sanitation services.
The unhygienic situation is a sign of an uncaring government.
The inadequate and lack of services at Silvertown informal settlement near Malmesbury affects women the most.
Silvertown’s water supply quadrupled thanks to covid-19 with the installation of three taps.
Land occupiers whose homes in Empolweni and Ethembeni were wrecked by the flood of sewage have appealed to the City of Cape Town for help but the City is refusing.
The City of Johannesburg is adamant that it will ensure that “anarchy” does not “prevail” as it continues to demolish houses despite the ongoing national state of disaster that prohibits evictions.
Overflowing sewage pollutes numerous settlements around the Eastern Cape city and makes living there unbearable.
Land occupiers promise to return to land they are evicted from as they cannot afford to rent the backyard shacks they stayed in before.
Protests around the country to mark the start of a national campaign by different organisations to build and connect community struggles against covid-19 and government austerity took place on Saturday, 1 August.
Residents who have been without electricity for years marched to City Power demanding that they be connected to the grid.