Announcement comes as main road upgrade begins. EMBATTLED and embittered Gonubie commuters have been given a glimpse of hope after government gave an environmental goahead for a link road to Beacon Bay.  The announcement comes as contractors working on the Gonubie...
WHEN Vittorio Zanoncelli wrote to the Daily Dispatch asking if we could help him locate some children he was forced to ask to leave his preschool in 1980, he had no idea one would be one of the first...
Despite regularly receiving poor audit reports from the Auditor-General, the Buffalo City Metro has failed to develop a plan to improve the damning findings and curb recurring negative outcomes. This was contained in a report tabled before council recently by...
A stalled housing project meant to home 1500 beneficiaries is back on track with a new contractor. The multimillion-rand scheme in Mdantsane’s NU18 near Potsdam is called CC 18 Phase 2. It was terminated last year because of a “lack of...
More than 100 girls from John Bisseker Senior Secondary School got to live a day in their potential careers yesterday, thanks to the annual Take a Girl Child to Work day. The movement, which started in 2003, affords Grade 10...
Residents of Bunkers Hill and surrounding suburbs have opted to take the legal route to deal with loud music and noise emanating from the Philip Kahts softball stadium. Hundreds of petition signatures were gathered after the stadium hosted a variety...
The contents of two Buffalo City Metro meetings have raised a red flag over perilous levels of toxic gases inside the West Bank sewage treatment plant which pose a hazard for staff.  The minutes and agenda were from the April...
A tiny girl of five made local history last weekend when she beat her U13 competitors at chess.  Siyolise August, a grandchild of Mdantsane chess fanatic Zolani August and his wife Lungiswa, is in Grade 1 at Nontombi Matta Junior...
Women claim pastor had sexual relations with them. AN EAST London church is struggling to recover from an embarrassing scandal after a string of women worshippers revealed they had sexual relations with the leader of the church – the charismatic...
The 16th Your Home Expo opens at the East London International Convention Centre (ICC) at the beachfront today and runs until Sunday. Organiser Rodwell Sims founded the annual show, which features everything for the exterior and interior spaces of the...
The family of famed horticultural artist Auriol Batten, lauded as one of the world’s top five botanical artists and who died a year ago, has donated four of her original works to the Ann Bryant Art Gallery. The Battens have...
Residents from Mdantsane, Reeston and coastal rural areas in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) are likely to face a 12-hour water outage today as supply from the Nahoon Dam will be cut off for maintenance work on a raw water...
In A bid to grow the city’s economy Buffalo City Metro (BCM) has identified event hosting as one of the key strategies to increase visitor numbers and create short-term employment.  The city has allocated an estimated R19-million in the draft...
The construction of a special needs school in Haven Hills, Amalinda, was brought to a halt before contractors could lay the first brick.  Building for Khayalethu Special School for children with mental and physical disabilities was supposed to have commenced...
Armed with weed-eaters, rakes, pangas and chainsaws, almost 100 men, women and children of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints cleaned up a large section of the Cambridge Cemetery at the weekend. The group, which calls itself the Mormon...
Security at some of Buffalo City Metro’s key buildings has been called in to question after it emerged there was a shortage of close to 300 security guards employed by the city. BCM released a security analysis of the institution earlier...
Official silence has greeted the noisy complaints of residents of East London’s West Bank suburb over grain trucks which have clogged the streets. A car has collided with a truck, and drivers are sleeping in their cabs for weekends, using...
THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will have firm anticorruption policies, leader Julius Malema said at its launch in Johannesburg yesterday. “Our organisation is founded on the principle of anticorruption,” he said. “No one found guilty of corruption … will wear the...
Cambridge Location residents are crying foul over animal waste washing up in front of their homes, which allegedly comes from the East London Abattoir.  Residents who live directly opposite the abattoir in Madolwana Street complain that blood and waste often...
Gunshots at a popular East London drinking hole left one person dead and another seriously injured in the early hours of Monday. East London police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Hazel Mqala said the shooting incident took place outside Oudz Tavern in...
As one of East London’s best known food and wine gurus, Charles Poole, knows a thing or two about what makes taste buds tingle.  On Saturday he will demonstrate how to pair the ultimate decadent delights – wine and chocolate. Poole,...
Roger the missing bull terrier shook up social media when his distraught owners put out desperate appeals for his return, only to hear he’d been stolen and killed by a dog fighting ring near King William’s Town.  The incident has...
​​Members of both the ANC and the EFF held a picket at the  entrance to  the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) hall  this morning where the inauguration of the new BCM council is taking place. The ANC protesters who had occupied the front of City Hall...
Buffalo City Metro is expected to host the prestigious provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards for the first time next month. This follows a request by the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) for the city to host the awards for...
PUMLANI Mkolo’s first-ever job was two years ago when he was elected regional secretary to the ANC in Buffalo City at about R37000 a month. Since then he has amassed a small fortune – enough to loan R600000 to the...
THE quality of RDP houses has greatly improved over the past 10 years as the department of human settlements shifted its focus from quantity to quality. In 2003 it cost just over R20 000 to build an RDP house; today...
A feud is brewing between Buffalo City Metro and hawkers who make a living selling meat at Mdantsane’s Highway. The metro has allegedly threatened to arrest them if they do not move their stalls to make way for a multi-million...
East London has been rocked by a shocking sex scandal involving teenage girls and boys from some of the city’s top schools. The teens – white girls and black boys – posed for pornographic shoots about four years ago when...
Eastern Cape police are investigating a case of theft after two “cleaners” allegedly made off with millions of rands from a cash-in-transit company in East London last week.  The men were temporarily employed at SBV security company in Arcadia when...
THE Gonubie murder house where a decomposed body was found on Thursday belongs to property tycoon and shopping mall developer, Sisa Ngebulana. The CEO of Billion Group has plans, said an associate, to smash down the home and rebuild a...
A feud is brewing between Buffalo City Metro and hawkers who make a living selling meat at Mdantsane’s Highway. The metro has allegedly threatened to arrest them if they do not move their stalls to make way for a multi-million...
ANC regional secretary of BCM Pumlani Mkolo’s political woes continue to mount. Today we can reveal that his latest girlfriend, a high-flying Johannesburg-based lawyer, received R350000 from the funds meant for the burial of former state president Nelson Mandela. This money...
EASTERN Cape-born journalist Siphiwo Nzawumbi will finally get his big break this Friday when he starts as the new presenter of SABC1 television show, Yilungelo Lakho. Early this year Nzawumbi was rumoured to be taking over from Phat Joe on...
 A NEW community radio station was officially launched for Buffalo City radio lovers on Saturday. The new kid on the block, Kumkani FM, is based in Scenery Park, near Amalinda. After waiting more than two years for a broadcasting licence from...
Local women married to foreign nationals, and who have children with them, have spoken about the hurtful comments and xenophobic behaviour they are experiencing in their communities. The African Wives Association (AWA) in East London, a local support group that...
Porsche car drivers from Durban descended on East London this weekend to “test out” the East London Grand Prix Circuit ahead of two lifestyle car racing events planned for July. Event organiser Cindy Williams from Lima Events and Promotions said...
Three Eastern Cape stokvel semi-finalists will don their aprons and cook up a storm in East London on Saturday morning in a Stokvel Cooking Challenge competition. Competing stokvels have to use White Star maize meal and Royco soup in their...
Members of the public are questioning the sluggish pace of completion of the Gonubie Main Road reconstruction, which is now 18 months overdue. This week, two lanes of the four-lane road were still closed during the day for roadworks.. A review of...
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has announced that the East London and King William’s Town SPCAs are in “dire financial straits” and may have to close.  NSPCA spokeswoman Christine Kuch cautioned their clinics could...
Eight East London police officers escaped injury yesterday when a SAPS Nyala armoured personnel carrier they were travelling in, overturned at Eluxolweni village near Mdantsane while chasing protesters. The police officers had been operating in the area since the morning...
A grade 12 pupil’s essay and grasp of a World War 1 battle in which many South African soldiers lost their lives has resulted in an invitation to represent South Africa at two commemorative ceremonies in France later this...
Buffalo City Metro has been rated as the country’s second most financially stable metropolitan municipality after Cape Town. Ratings Afrika gives BCM a rating of 73 out of 100 in its latest annual Municipal Financial Stability Index (MSFI). It is...
Every Thursday morning for the past six years, Stella Nokuvela Manqwala wakes up early and prepares herself to go walk the streets of Amalinda, collecting food, scrap materials and two-litre plastic bottles. This she gathers from garbage bags placed out for...
Families and community hard hit by killing of two young men EMOTIONS ran high at the funeral service of Afro-pop musician’s Zahara brother, Mbuyiseli Mkutukana, who was killed two weeks ago in a shooting near the Buffalo River. Mkutukana, 25, was murdered along...
  “Emergency repairs” have been blamed for water outages in some East London suburbs since yesterday. According to Buffalo City Metro the water department was carrying out emergency repairs to the Umzonyana dam, which supplies raw water to the Umzonyana Treatment...
Controversial Power of the Cross Ministries Pastor Zakhele Ntiwane has been served with a protection order from one of the church’s former members. The member alleges Ntiwane has been sending her text messages threatening her with death and going to...
A group of Gompo Town residents, who call themselves “crime busters”, are on a mission to reclaim their streets, which they say have become the turf of criminals who target their homes. Chairman of the Crime Prevention Forum Ludumo Salman...
Buffalo City Metro (BCM) aims to have its revived development agency up and running by July this year.  This according to newly appointed Buffalo City Development Agency (BCDA) CEO Gcinumzi Qotywa. The BCDA was revived last year by executive mayor...
A major East London wheat miller has entered the fray of spiking food prices, saying state taxes eat up half the price of a 12.5kg bag of flour on shop shelves. Jobs in East London are on the line, warned...
  Buffalo City Metro’s community service department and Mdantsane police have come under fire as a result of students from the Buffalo City FET College falling prey to criminals hiding in uncut and neglected bushes. The students, who live in East...