To round off the year, here are just a few snippets of stories Elitsha overed this year.
Residents of newly occupied areas in Cape Town struggle to maintain a dignified life without water, electricity and sanitation services.
Villagers in Ngqushwa in the Eastern Cape say they have marched and sent petitions to authorities but little relief has been provided to their shortage of water.
Nombanjana’s taps have been dry since 2014 but the villagers received no emergency relief during the covid-19 lockdown. When leaders protested to the Amathola District Municipality, they were arrested.
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.
Civil society, community-based organisations, trade unions and activists protested in major cities and towns around the country to demand better living and working conditions.
Residents who have been without electricity for years marched to City Power demanding that they be connected to the grid.