Successful first cleanups of the year: Ward councillor, MP lead efforts...

Ward 28 councillor Frederick Pohl and his team spent Friday morning, January 19, cutting the grass at Beacon Bay police station. This forms part of...

Municipality’s unpaid gas bills blamed for cremation delays

Cremations at the Cambridge Crematorium ground to a halt for 10 days in December after the municipality failed to pay supplier, Afrox Gas, forcing...
CRUMBLING CITY: The sewage flowing down Silverdale Road over Blackburn Road in Beacon Bay, eventually flowing down the stream to Bonza Bay Beach. Pictures: FREDERICK POHL

Infrastructure blamed for sewage overflow nightmare

“The municipality must acknowledge they have a problem with ageing infrastructure and insufficient maintenance. Sewage overflows into residential areas is completely unacceptable and cannot...

Potholed Gonubie roads causing learner drivers to fail tests

Gonubie traffic department learner drivers are appealing to the community to assist with refilling potholes on the learner driver test route that is forcing...

Gonubie to build new park on land prone to dumping

Residents of Gonubie have chosen to transform a plot of land, previously prone to dumping, into a lovely children’s playground. This decision was made after...

Dorchester Heights residents fix potholes

After ongoing complaints and multiple attempts to get BCM to fix the gaping potholes in their area, frustrated Dorchester Heights residents have resorted to...

Calls for iconic beach slide to be repaired

Tidy Towns Buffalo City and Border Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB) have renewed calls for BCMM to issue a tender for the repair of...

Artist revitalises Buffalo City with beautiful murals

When local artist Nkokheli Mzimba was granted the opportunity to paint parts of Buffalo City, he saw it as a chance to not only...

Milner Estate houses targeted by burglars, Criminals hide in overgrown bushes

This has been a financially and emotionally draining year for residents living on Reservoir and Connaught roads in Milner Estate, with house break-ins averaging...

Qinirha estuary mouth management plan given green stamp of approval

The Qinirha Estuary Management Forum (QEMF) is one step closer to securing preservation of the estuary and estuary mouth after the Eastern Cape Department...

Campaign to get birth certificates for Duncan Village’s vulnerable children

Without birth certificates, children in East London’s Duncan Village live without a sense of belonging. To counter the problem, University of Fort Hare student, Tracy...

Municipal credit control policy to be reconsidered after legal threat

Last week the municipality decided to reconsider the 80/20 credit control policy for outstanding debt and possibly change the split to 60/40 instead. This follows...

Residents sign petition to reclaim their wards

In an endeavour to reclaim their neighbourhoods, residents of Buffalo City are joining forces to submit a petition to the municipality to address the...

BCM ratepayers off to court

On September 12, ratepayers from across the metro will be at the East London High Court to challenge the 80/20 credit control policy with...

Vet to fill gap left by SPCA clinic closure

The closure of Berea Veterinary last year and the SPCA clinic this year, left many East London residents without an outlet for their animals....

Clean Team to tidy up local beaches

Two years ago, community members in KwaZulu-Natal, launched the Tidy Towns initiative which has managed to restore and maintain public beaches and this August,...

Residents call for removal of transfer station signs

Last week the Beacon Bay Ratepayers’ Association (BBRA) submitted a letter to BCMM calling for the removal of garden transfer station signs on Quenera...

Load-shedding relief for library

Beacon Bay Library has been chosen as the first recipient in the Eastern Cape to benefit from the Nestlé Bar One Light Up Libraries...

Illegal dumping bylaw up for discussion, Offenders facing 15 years in...

According to the latest integrated waste management bylaw, out for public comment, people could face up to 15 years’ imprisonment for illegal dumping. Offenders will...

Pupils raise thousands to assist turtles

Five friends from Stirling High School went to the East London Aquarium to celebrate a birthday and left vowing to raise funds for washed-up...

Resident discusses impact of community patrol group

This week GO!&Express caught up with long-time Beacon Bay resident, Juan de Kock from the Beacon Bay Community Patrolling Association, to discuss the impact...

Biome garden for James Peace Park

Ward 18 councillor Jason Mc Dowell will be using part of his ward-based funding for the establishment of a biome garden and mother-and-child play...

Gardens, signs help save the beach

This week, GO!&Express caught up with mom of six and long-time Nahoon resident, Wendy Miller, to discuss initiatives she has established in Ward 18...

GO Metro – Organisation apologises for dumping, cleans up

June 1 saw Southernwood and Baysville residents up in arms against workers from local organization, Engage Men’s Health, who were attempting to dump their...

Go Metro – Buffalo City gets three new clinics on wheels

To alleviate gaps in accessibility to primary healthcare, three state-of-the-art Department of Health mobile clinics, will be making their rounds in communities across Buffalo...

BCMM open day scraps debt for some water bills

The fourth installment of the municipality’s Thetha Nathi roadshows was held on May 20 at the Gonubie BCMM offices at which MMC for Finance...

GO Metro: Dangerous roads finally cleaned up

After four years of pleading with the municipality, the Gonubie Ratepayers Association has finally succeeded in forcing BCM to remove overgrown vegetation from 12th...

R20m pledged to fix John Bisseker amid community upheaval

OUTRAGE: Pupils and parents from John Bisseker gather at the school towards the end of April.Progress on attending to infrastructural and teaching challenges at...

North End old boys give back to the city

Growing up in North End, Leslie Ragaval and Cedric Pringle say the spirit of community encouraged families to support and provide for one another. Years...

Pupils win prizes from national federation for anti-crime essays

On April 14, pupils from Mzokhanyayo High School and Uviwe Senior Secondary School received top prizes from national foundation Safer SA for their literary...

Ward-based funding reinstated across BCM

On April 3, BCM reinstated the ward-based funding for all 50 wards in the metro, enabling ward councillors to get back to implementing initiatives...

Municipal workers clean up cemeteries

Maintenance of municipal sites across the city is a concern, particularly with respect to cemeteries. However, this could change, as municipal workers were seen cleaning...

Project encourages culture of recycling

This year, Zamile Kuwana and Nothule Gezana’s Thandizam Trading Enterprise and Projects celebrates a year in the local waste management space. Founded in 2022, Thandizam...

Push for provincial status for EL’s nature reserves

This year the East London Museum is continuing in its efforts to have local nature reserves gazetted at provincial level. The Nahoon Point Nature Reserve...

Pathway finally undergoing repair

After years of complaints, March 24 saw BCM parks and recreation undertake repair work and upgrades of the walkway leading from the parking lot...

School principals condemn underage drinking

Following reports of underage drinking after the Hoerskool Grens Sports Festival on March 11, school principals across the city released a public appeal on...

Community cleans up Aspiranza clinic

Following cries for help from hospital staff at Aspiranza Clinic, the community of Buffalo Flats extension set to work, clearing bushes and cleaning up...

Housing backlog leads to protest

Residents from Parkside and Buffalo Flats Extension marched to City Hall on March 15 to protest the housing backlog in the metro. Residents say they...

Cambridge West housing project grinds to a stop

The controversial low-cost housing development happening in Cambridge West has come to stand still as a result of contractual disputes between Buffalo City Metropolitan...

Milner Estate residents take on scrapyards

Saturday March 4 saw disgruntled residents from Milner Estate take to the streets in protest against scrapyards operating in the community despite court orders...

Chaos reigns at Roundhill site

According to the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality management report for 2022, the Roundhill landfill site is in need of urgent intervention. BCM was issued with...

Home need support to care for children

Since 2018, Guardians of Hope has cared for 152 abandoned, abused and neglected children in the metro, however, after having had to move premises,...

Community in Blue are turning tide at Nahoon

In the three months that Community in Blue volunteers have been patrolling Nahoon Beach, there has been a marked improvement, say residents. One resident, who...

Waterworld workers left high and dry waiting for outstanding pay

Full salaries owed to sub-contractors and general workers at the Waterworld reconstruction project are yet to be paid out. During the week of February 9,...

Fed up parents protest as school doors remain closed

On February 6, desperate Alphendale parents protested over the education department’s delay in getting the repair work done so their children can get back...

Waterworld work still on hold

While work on the Waterworld upgrade project is still on hold and subcontractors and workers have gone without pay for three months, contractual disputes...

New forest path named after legend

Settlers Rest Retirement Village launched the establishment of a beautiful new pathway through its forest, named in honour of Prof Trevor Steinke. The pathway is...

Inaction and vandalism steal BCM budget: DA

Local DA members took to the streets in support of the party’s national protest against load-shedding on January 25, and to highlight inefficiencies in...

Shack fire victims suffering

Pefferville residents who lost their homes to shack fires during December have still not been provided with temporary shelter from the municipality. Community members who...

Thieves strip newly fixed traffic lights

Just 48 hours after being repaired, the traffic lights at the N2 off-ramp to Gonubie were stripped once again by cable thieves on January...