More than 100 Duncan Village pupils from poorly resourced schools are receiving much-needed tutoring from the Ihlumelo Foundation, which has grown in leaps and bounds since it was founded. In a Daily Dispatch report last year, two youths from the area...
The new financial year will bring slight relief to Buffalo City Metro ratepayers. Executive mayor Alfred Mtsi announced that although a tariff increase would be effected when the 2016-17 financial year started on July 1, it would be lower...
Ingeniously  floppy skeletons made of conduit boxes, wooden dowels, bits of twine and brass brackets will soon be transformed into magical marionettes for the Guild Theatre’s first foray into puppeteering. Showing the Daily Dispatch the first prototype of a puppet...
The male public toilets at the world famous Nahoon Reef are in such a bad state that men are sometimes forced to use the women’s block. Swimmer David Edwards said the men’s toilets had been been in a bad state...
Nahoon and Stirling residents have been rattled by a spate of burglaries in which brazen robbers break in through the roof of homes before disarming alarm systems and helping themselves. Broubart Security Company director André “Bulla” Wood said he knew...
East London’s homeless will have the opportunity to browse, pick and fit the clothes and shoes they want as the city hosts its very first Street Store next month. This unique pop-up charity store allows homeless men, women and children...
Suburban residents, rattled by house invasions and burglaries, have taken issue with their homes being photographed without their knowledge. They were referring to Pam Golding Property’s annual campaign in which photographs of the exterior of residential properties are taken, affixed...
Power squabbles within the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have left thousands of workers confused. This after two Eastern Cape executive members said they did not recognise expulsion letters sent to them last week Tuesday by union president Pule...
Conflict resolution, skills development and finding motivation through adversity were the topics at the Youth Voices Conference held at Clarendon High School this weekend. The three-day conference, which kicked off on Saturday morning, is being hosted by the newly formed...
An attack by gun-wielding robbers last year and a break-in and theft of two late Victorian dining-room chairs two weeks ago has led to the closure of Gately House, one of East London’s most important historical gems and tourist attractions. The...
Recreational fishing will be allowed in one of the three massively enlarged marine protected areas (MPAs) proposed for the East Coast by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Two Gxulu controlled (some fishing) and restricted (no fishing) zones (GOCZ and GORZ), which...
The Buffalo City Metro (BCM) council wants R132-million in irregular expenditure incurred in the first and second quarter of the current financial year investigated. It was unanimously agreed by councillors that the municipal public accounts committee (Mpac) conduct the probe...
Mystery surrounds the destruction of hundreds of brand new school textbooks on a pavement in the East London CBD, much to the anger and consternation of the public who scrabbled to save some of them from being ripped to...
When the marching band began to play, three-year-old Zoe Holloway instinctively started to march around the Jan Smuts Stadium track in her diminutive pink gumboots. She was one of three tiny cancer survivors to head up the survivors’ lap of the...
Residents living in a Gonubie townhouse complex say despite high bond costs, rentals and rates, they feel like they are living in a rural area because of their main gravel road. The residents from Gonubie Palms located on Quinera Lagoon...
She has spent the last three years vacuuming an enormous ship, performing in its auditorium, visiting prisons in far-flung destinations and handing out books to the world’s underprivileged children. Now Gonubie resident Caylee Good is back in East London waiting...
Despite rubbish collection resuming in many suburbs following the Buffalo City Metro’s refuse collectors strike, some areas are still battling mounds of waste. Duncan Village ward 1 councillor Mongezi Ngcaba said his area had been in a sorry state since...
A Gonubie pothole was so deep residents planted a tree in it. Irate neighbours said the suburb’s potholes were “craters” and the one on the corner of 5th Street and 16th Avenue, where the tree was, was particularly bad.   Patricia Shunjica...
Sugared Easter bunnies, miniature trains, bonsai trees and remote controlled cars are some of the traditional hobbies taking centre-stage at the Buffalo City Hobby and Craft Expo at the Gonubie Farmers Hall today and tomorrow. Organisers Wayne Naylor, Fiona Eveleigh and...
A year-long stench from the polluted Nxabanga stream has raised the ire of Braelyn residents. They said something was rotten with the state of their sewerage system. Residents stuff door and window cracks with towels, burn incense, gag and feel nauseous...
A gang of robbers posing as Buffalo City Metro (BCM) municipal employees are trying to gain entry into homes, warned BCM and SAPS yesterday.  In a joint statement, BCM and the provincial police said information had been received that the...
An abandoned, crumbling old Southernwood house has infuriated the businesses that surround it.   They are convinced it is a haven for drug dealers and prostitutes and want it demolished. They said No 8 St Patrick’s Road – once used as offices,...
Buffalo City Metro (BCM) has spent R3-million on traffic calming measures around East London to help decrease traffic congestion and curb high accident rates. The metro made the announcement on its website. The traffic calming measures included the installation of new...
The Eastern Cape department of education is investigating a principal accused of carrying a firearm to school. The allegation against Ntombiza-nele Gogi is contained in a letter from staff at Mdantsane Junior Primary School to the district education office. The Daily...
Ascot Park residents in East London are proceeding with legal action against Buffalo City Metro, claiming that it is neglecting one of its properties and allowing it to become a haven for criminals. The derelict house is situated opposite the...
Scores of tiny indigenous river fish have died from a major sewage spill into the Quinera river that has turned the upper reaches of the wild estuary a stinky opaque-grey this week. Buffalo City Metro (BCM) spokesman Thandy Matebese said...
While much of the backlog of residential waste around Buffalo City Metro has now been cleared, some suburban pockets were adding black bags of new rubbish to piles that had not been collected in the last collection cycle. The metro...
Selected Buffalo City vendors will soon be able to trade right inside the Buffalo City Stadium during Premier Soccer League (PSL) soccer games. BCM spokesman Thandy Matebese said since PSL team Chippa United had moved some of their fixtures to...
A troubled Buffalo City Metro ward councillor is living under police protection after angry residents threw bricks and stones at her home, breaking windows, during a violent protest on Thursday evening. Ward 17 councillor Pumla Yenana has been faced with...
Desperate Duncan Village residents have taken to the streets to burn their uncollected rubbish as service delivery issues in the township drag on. D-section resident Nikiwe Ngcolani said the burning started on Monday at around 10pm. Scores of residents pulled the...
In an effort to curb violence and destruction of state and private property during service delivery protests, Buffalo City Metro (BCM) has launched a series of civic education programmes. BCM chief whip for traditional affairs Stanley Makinana said people were...
Fifteen school children were injured yesterday, some seriously, when a small car taxi collided with them while they were waiting for their school to open. The pupils from Ebhotwe Primary School in NU2 Mdantsane, some as young as five, from...
A local business owner has described the Berlin Roundhill landfill site – the only legal dumpsite in the city – as being in a state of “anarchy” due to criminals and vagrants. Truck owner Helga Schonfeldt, who provides transport services...
A 75-yeawr-old award-winning cyclist is fighting for his life in hospital after hitting a pothole on the North East Expressway. What was supposed to be a normal training session for members of the Cambridge Harriers Cycling Club ended in tragedy...
A Mdantsane family was left with a partly demolished home at the weekend after an allegedly drunk off-duty police officer lost control of his private vehicle. Two members of the Simandla family from NU3 were lucky to escape alive on...
Swift police action led to the arrest of two suspects linked to a store robbery at Gilwell Taxi Rank Mall on Sunday afternoon. Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mtati Tana said police were alerted to the crime at around 11.30am.  It...
Garden service and rubble removal small business owners are having to lay off staff and raise their rates because they are being forced to drive long distances or pay a private tip to dispose of their loads. They said that...
Not missing a day of work really does pay off, and in the case of one Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) hourly-paid employee, it resulted in a spanking new car. For more than 15 years MBSA has been encouraging and motivating...
East London dinosaur lovers will have the opportunity to walk into prehistory when The Dino Expo company comes to town next week, bringing many favourite fossils to life. In a first for the Eastern Cape, 10 life-like animatronic dinosaur adults...
A right-handed right arm amputee, who recently completed a fine arts degree using his left hand, has given Duncan Village’s disabled a ray of hope as he hosts art classes for around 50 physically disabled people. Mdantsane-born Phumzile Gaza, who...
Mechanical problems with collection trucks have been blamed for the heaps of uncollected rubbish left piling up around the city. Buffalo City Metro spokesman Thandy Matebese said the waste management department was collecting garbage weekly, but there were delays due...
A desperate Beacon Bay mother may have to move to Cape Town to enrol her son into Grade 1, because despite applying at scores of schools from Kidd’s Beach to Chintsa, her boy is still sitting at home. After spending...
A broken down temporary shelter donated to a blind man from Mdantsane who was told to fix it up himself has been removed following a report by the Daily Dispatch last week. The Dispatch reported that a Buffalo City Metro...
Renowned professor and outspoken feminist Pumla Dineo Gqola will launch her book Rape: A South African Nightmare at the Steve Biko Centre in King William’s Town tomorrow and again at Rhodes University on Thursday night. In the book, Gqola unpacks...
Kola le Roux proves that humans have a powerful capacity to reinvent themselves. Le Roux, 65, went from being a two-time world waveskiing champion and five-time South African champion and board shaper, to a bee and sunflower farmer. He now resides...
An East London-born artist who used to take glossy magazine photos of women in bikinis at exotic locations said he couldn’t be happier living in a mud house in the Eastern Cape bush and painting. After years of doing fashion,...
Disgruntled residents from Reeston are up in arms over the bad state of their gravel roads after a delivery truck overturned on Wednesday at the same spot where a young girl was killed last year. The residents, who have been...
A Buffalo City Metro councillor and a number of housing officials are in hot water after they gave a blind Mdantsane man an old temporary shelter with no roof and broken windows, and then allegedly told him to fix...
A new programme to train young entrepreneurs in the automotive industry opened its doors in Fort Jackson, Mdantsane yesterday. The programme, which offers on the job training in the tyre, windscreen and battery fitment and replacement industry, will help entrepreneurs...
Entrance to Buffalo City Metro’s troubled Stoney Drift dumpsite has been closed. Yesterday, BCM’s solid waste department issued a notice warning people to stop dumping at the site. It states, “Failure to comply with this notice will result in action being...