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...
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,...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Buffalo City Metro has resorted to the courts in a bid to halt the crisis of informal settlements mushrooming in the metro townships as hundreds of land invaders grab or “sell” municipal land.  Having struggled with land invasion for years,...
Winterstrand residents are fuming about raw sewage they allege is being pumped out of a neighbour’s septic tank into a stormwater drain at the seaside suburb. Nelie Pretorius said her upstairs bedroom was just metres from the stormwater drain on...
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...
Taxi operators working from the Mdantsane Highway taxi rank have taken it on themselves to keep the rank clean. The close to 300 taxi operators said they had decided to invest in cleaning materials two weeks ago and started cleaning...
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...
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...
A multimillion rand tender advertised by Buffalo City Metro for the redevelopment of the depleted of Mdantsane NU2 swimming pool has again been put on hold. The tender cancellation notice issued by BCM acting city manager Nceba Ncunyana this week was...
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...
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...
Some of the carriages damaged in a train crash a year ago outside Berlin have been cleared. The May 20 accident, which claimed the lives of two people and was attributed to human error, was between a Transnet goods train...
Gusting winds of 30km/h, which blew tents and stalls over, failed to dampen the 31st East London Agricultural Show at the weekend, and by yesterday morning the five-day exhibition of all things country had attracted up to 15000 visitors.   “We...
Budget constraints are an underlying cause of the catastrophic water outage in East London last week. This has emerged in a report drawn up by acting Buffalo City Metro municipal manager Nceba Ncunyane. The Umzonyana purification works, which suddenly failed...
For the last five decades, a group of Grahamstown women have been meeting on the third Thursday of every month to read and discuss each others’ essays, which they have taken turns to write. The Third Thursday club was started...
Pristine poultry, spectacular sheep and comely cattle are just part of the attraction of the East London Agricultural Show which opened its gates at the Gonubie Farmers Hall this morning. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a mini circus, attend...
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...
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...
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...
Frere Hospital CEO Rolene Wagner and about 60 volunteers spent Saturday morning sorting through a “mountain” of donated clothing ahead of East London’s first Street Store on Wednesday.  The Street Store is a charity initiative started in Cape Town two...
Your physical condition need not define your life.  This is the motto Lovedale College office administration student Nomnikelo Piyoyo lives by. Growing up in Libode, where she was born with cerebral palsy, Piyoyo said she knew education was the only thing...
Renowned East London fine-arts photographer Marlene Neumann has produced the first in a series of deeply personal DVDs in which she reveals how she spiralled into the depths of despair before experiencing a revelation which ultimately led to even...
Just like humans, pets’ lives can be saved with a revitalising blood transfusion – but many animal lovers are unaware that their pets can be blood donor heroes.  “Some of our donors get too old so we are always looking...
The  public outcry over Buffalo City Metro’s failure to show urgency and keep the public informed during the water outage was rejected by mayor Alfred Mtsi. Here’s how BCM communicated with the people: At 11am on Monday, city spokesman Thandy Matebese put...
Vandalism has been partly blamed for this week’s catastrophic failure of Buffalo City Metro’s water supply, which cut most of the city off. Both vandalism and mechanical failures were revealed yesterday by the mayor’s office for being behind the crisis. The revelation...
Although water supply was restored to large parts of East London yesterday, many businesses, hospitals and private residences were still affected by low pressure in water infrastructure. The Border-Kei Chamber of Business said losses to businesses due to the water...
Buffalo City Metro (BCM) has added 10 new refuse removal trucks to their fleet. This comes at a time when the metro has been accused of neglecting to collect in some communities. The new trucks were delivered last week and have started...
Buffalo City Metro (BCM) has issued a tender for the construction of a traffic department building in King William’s Town. According to BCM, operations from the building will ensure all traffic services are rendered under one roof and will improve...
  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...
East London car saleswoman Lwandisa Ngebe has been rewarded for her efforts to help hairdressers boost their skills and businesses at a lavish awards ceremony at Gauteng’s Emperors Palace on Saturday. The Employers Organisation for Hairdressing, Cosmetology and Beauty (EOHCB)...
  Rows of neatly shelved second-hand books line the walls in a room which was once a palliative care ward of the St Bernard’s Hospice in Southernwood. Curtain rails which separated beds from each other are still suspended from the ceiling,...
  “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...
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...