Metro ends road upgrade contract

Buffalo City Metro municipality has finally pulled the plug on a controversial construction company that was under-qualified for the R117-million upgrade to the Qumza...

Broken toilets a health hazard for residents

Residents of Muvhango informal settlements near Buffalo Flats in East London have had to endure life without proper sanitation for over a year after...

Traffic delayed as Fleet Street upgrades resume

Motorists are again having to contend with roadworks in Fleet Street although this time, according to Buffalo City Metro, the disruptions will be mainly...

BCM ‘unaware’ of rates bill lag

Residents from certain suburbs around Buffalo City Municipality are fuming at not receiving their rates bills – some since November last year – while...

‘Rethink the Bag’ activist in BCM this week

Former dolphin trainer and penguin keeper Hayley McLellan is on her way to East London on a quest to diminish the use of plastic...

Fed-up road users fixing it themselves

Frustration with official neglect of Mdantsane’s economic hub has united the Highway CBD’s business community. Business owners and street vendors have teamed up with taxi...

Beacon Bay strays re-united at the SPCA

The suburban saga of the two stray Beacon Bay dogs nicknamed the gypsies continued to rage on social media this week, with the East...

Power outage for CBD on Sunday

Buffalo City Metro will have a planned 10-hour electricity outage on Sunday as part of beefing up electricity infrastructure in the city. The outages will...

Top BCM official suspended over Mandela funeral scandal

Buffalo City Metro chief financial officer Vincent Pillay has been suspended over the Nelson Mandela funeral scandal. The decision was taken during a heated special...

PE school bus in cattle crash

Pearson High School pupils were lucky to escape with minor injuries after the school bus in which they were travelling crashed into three cattle. Two...

World-class netball facility in store for city

A netball facility of international standards will soon be developed in East London after the Buffalo City Metro council approved a 20-year lease agreement...

Sisters killed in taxi crash given a tearful funeral

Two of the three children killed in a collision involving a taxi in Mdantsane last weekend were laid to rest yesterday. The funeral service of...

Residents had an ear-full of noisy bar

After four years of complaints about noise from Rhythm Bar in East London, residents say it has become even louder. The local watering hole in...

A ‘plastic roads’ idea faces ANC dead stop

“Plastic roads” may hold an answer to dealing with the Eastern Cape’s R100-billion roads infrastructure backlog, the Democratic Alliance in the province believes. The party...

Revved-up’ Win-A-Car is here

It is that time of the year again where the Daily Dispatch gives an opportunity for one of its readers to win a brand...

Price’s crafty ideas uplift Chintsa women

When Lynn Price first met women living in villages in Chintsa, their dire living conditions inspired her to bring renewed hope to their lives...

State graft cases pile up

Most corruption cases reported in the Eastern Cape relate to fraud at government departments and involve fake qualifications, RDP housing fraud, tender irregularities and...

Two former EFF allies in spat over granny’s home

Once political allies while members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Themba Wele and Andile Matshaya are at each other’s throats over a house for...

Taverns closed in BCM clampdown

Ten popular East London drinking holes were shut down in Buffalo City Metro at the weekend for violating municipal bylaws, and posing safety and...

Mandela Day more than ‘signing cheques’

Mandela Day is not about giving financial donations – it is about empathy and showing kindness to humanity, according to Nkosi Mandla Mandela, the...

All set for Mandela Day

Eight years after the first international celebration of Mandela Day on July 18 on the former president’s 91st birthday, the 67 minutes campaign has...

Waves for Change helps kids rediscover themselves

Surfer kids from Duncan Village and Parkside will be riding one of the best waves in the world with top surfers from around the...

Man robbed of R30k at BCM market

A Peddie fresh produce store owner was yesterday robbed at gunpoint of R30 000 while waiting for the Buffalo City Metro Fresh Produce Market...

New Mercedes AMG roars off EL production line

Mercedes-Benz SA (MBSA) launched its first batch of the keenly awaited high-performance AMG C43 at its East London plant yesterday. The launch, which saw Buffalo...

Horror three-truck accident claims four lives on R72 road

The death toll from just three accidents in two days in Eastern Cape roads has risen to 12 after yesterday’s accident, which claimed four...

IFP demands BCM housing probe

Inkatha Freedom Party in parliament has called for a forensic investigation into Buffalo City Metro’s failed R163.7-million Mdantsane cluster 2 housing project. One of the...

Fire destroys 25 homes in Nompumelelo

Scores of Nompumelelo residents were displaced yesterday when about 25 shacks burnt down.There were no reported injuries. There were no reported injuries. Some helpless residents had...

Huge relief for NPOs

A R6.7-MILLION lifeline has been thrown to cash-starved non-profit organisations (NPOs) by the Eastern Cape department of social development. This comes after the department made huge cuts to...

DG slated for angry outburst

A fallout between the Eastern Cape’s director-general Marion Mbina-Mthembu and the National Heritage Council (NHC) has led to the council calling on premier Phumulo...

ANC to convene at EL’s City Hall

Hundred of ANC delegates from all the party’s eight regions in the Eastern Cape will convene tomorrow at the East London City Hall for...

Weekend fun for all at great line-up of events

East London residents are spoilt for choice with an array of fun activities this weekend. Yesterday the Great Kei municipality mayor Loyiso Tshetshe officially opened...

Residents devastated by complex fire

More than 14 people were left devastated yesterday when a fire which started after midnight gutted two units at Furstenburg Terrace. The fire affected four...

Cops hunt wounded ‘poacher’

Police have launched a manhunt for a wounded suspected Rhino poacher, who escaped while under police guard despite being shackled to a bed at...

BCM receives mean new fire machine

Buffalo City Metro will today officially welcome a new fire truck that cost more than R5-million. The city is hoping the fire truck will restore...

BCM revamps procurement

Buffalo City Metro has introduced a new “e-procurement” and central supplier data registration system in a bid to address irregular spending. The announcement was made...

Guesswork in water meter reading over

The days of “thumb-sucked” water readings will soon be over for some Buffalo City Metro residents as the metro is set to overhaul more...

Missing 3-year old found murdered in Parkside

The second creek community is reeling in shock after the body of a three year old girl was found this morning. The child, who cannot...

Drive starts to curb initiation deaths

A new initiation awareness campaign was launched yesterday by cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa in Mdantsane. The launch was in preparation...

Church in land dispute

It's a case of David versus Goliath in a 10-year land dispute that involves a small East London church and construction giants, Roberts Bros...

Metro ‘no’ to DV removal plan

The Buffalo City Metro council has rejected a plan to move 951 families from shacks in Duncan Village to prefabricated structures in Reeston after...

Sharks, Antarctic swell lead to closure of beaches

Sharks and other ocean predators are gathering for the scrumptious sardine bait balls which are believed to be on the way from the south. Sharks...

SA curriculum under critique

An Eastern Cape academic believes the South African government should have redesigned the education curriculum as far back as 1994 instead of adopting the...

Huge power bills shock residents

Hundreds of residents including indigents in Buffalo City have been cut off from the power grid due to unpaid electricity bills. To add insult to...

Metro halls face neglect

The Buffalo City Metro does not have enough money to maintain some of its halls. As a result a councillor sometimes cleans one of...

Moves to make swimming safer at pool complex

New safety signage has gone up at the Joan Harrison pool complex after complaints from concerned residents and the drowning of a 14-year-old boy...

On the drive for changing the future

Black entrepreneurs who joined a predominantly white business network franchise in East London on Thursday night said they needed to move on and do...

Murder accused wife awaits her trial date

Bulelwa Ndudula, who is accused of killing her husband, has enlisted the services of a top East London advocate to represent her in her...

ANC ‘will lose’ 2019

The ANC would lose the 2019 elections if it did not change course, the party’s parliamentary leader, Jackson Mthembu, warned yesterday. In a stark and...

Mdantsane Hub project loses R19m

The multimillion-rand Mdantsane Urban Hub development scheduled to start in April has suffered a setback with the National Treasury’s recall of an approved R19.3million...

Millionaire in Pub Brawl

Millionaire East London businessman Michael Osner was confronted by enraged staff after he abruptly closed the doors of a popular pub yesterday and walked...