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No place like home, but not for all South Africans

By Melusi Ncala First published in Bosveld Review Childhood memories are often coloured by sunny days, clear and cool swimming pools, conversations filled with laughter, and tasty boerewors rolls and salads. This hive of activity takes place in a sizable yard where the lawns are neatly cut, green trees are perfectly pruned and there is Read more >

Government keen to clean up its housing image

In the first part of our three-part housing series we outline some of the corruption-related challenges faced by the national Department of Human Settlements in meeting its mandate. The allocation of RDP houses to people who have registered their names with the government continues to be a challenge for the department of human settlements. This Read more >

How to make PAIA request

Ordinary people – citizens and non-citizens alike – have the right to get information held by government entities and private corporations. We look at how to go about making a PAIA request. Mama Masisa Mkwanazi* 54, is a single mother of five. A domestic worker, she lives with her children in her brother’s home in Read more >

These are your stories

Corruption Watch receives, on average, 100 reports of corruption a month and more than three reports per day. These are logged through our incident reporter form on our website, or by SMS, email, post, fax, social media or landline calls. From now on we’ll be bringing you a snapshot of some of the corruption reports Read more >

Informal settlers homeless as housing dept stalls

More than 300 informal settlers in Sol Plaatje squatter camp near Roodepoort are still waiting for RDP houses they were promised in 1999. Although most of the houses have been built, many have been made uninhabitable by vandalism and illegal occupation. Despite this, officials from the regional housing department have persuaded the “owners” to sign Read more >

Jumping the queue: an RDP housing exposé

16 April 2012 – Corruption Watch has spent two weeks gathering damning RDP housing-corruption evidence from the field and putting pressure on the authorities to respond – this is what we’ve uncovered … Residents of Pennyville, a mixed housing development near Soweto, were the first to open up. The community of about 10 000 residents live Read more >