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Dam levels are mostly stable in BCM

Dam levels across BCM remained mostly stable this week, with only minor changes recorded by the department of water and sanitation (DWS). This matches the...

BCM calls for water conservation

BCM is calling on residents to limit their water usage, as stage 3 restrictions continue in response to the ongoing drought. Under stage 3 restrictions,...

Helen Neale-May confirmed as new BCM deputy mayor

Buffalo City Metro council elected ANC councillor Helen Neale-May as deputy mayor in a special council meeting on Tuesday. Neale-May, who was serving as a...

Service delivery backlog in BCM

SIPHOSIHLE DYONASE BCM has found itself having to deal with a service delivery backlog after after a series of protests led to the interruption of...

WATCH | Protesting BCM workers set fire to roads with burning tyres to block...

Sivenathi Gosa BCM workers took to the streets on Thursday morning, blocking traffic with burning tyres and covering roads with litter. This comes after a meeting...

BCM medical staff ready and willing to take vaccine, new study find

BHONGO JACOB A new study from two Eastern Cape medics shows that 91.9% of staff at Cecilia Makiwane and Frere hospitals will take the Covid-19...

BCM ratepayer owes R1m, but will benefit from debt incentive scheme

A ratepayer in Bonnie Doon, East London, owes BCM more than R1m even though the home has been unoccupied for more than a year. In...

Storm wreaks havoc in BCM

The storm that struck BCM on Saturday left many people homeless while power cuts continue to upset residents in the affected areas. BCM's communications department...

BCM warns of fake job advert scams

Buffalo City Metro has distanced itself from fake job adverts and warned the public to be on the lookout for scams. The fake adverts claim...

BCM scraps summer events, not initiation

In response to the large increase in Covid-19 infections, the BCM Command Council (BCMCC) said it will be closing public facilities and discouraging public...

BREAKING | Covid-19 claims the life of BCM deputy mayor

Buffalo City Metro (BCM) deputy mayor Zoliswa Matana has died of Covid-19 related complications. Her death on Wednesday morning was confirmed by mayor Xola...

BCM red-flagged as Covid-19 infections rise

An increase in Covid-19 infections in the past two days has raised a red flag over Buffalo City Metro. East London, Bhisho, King William’s Town...

BCM joint action a huge success

A multi-disciplinary joint operation between Buffalo City Metro Inland and the South African Police Services conducted in King William’s Town over the weekend yielded...

Blocked drain to blame for wasted water in Berea – BCM

GOING TO WASTE: A small lake and stream form on the corner of Derby Road and Tecoma Street in Berea. According to residents, the...

BCM addresses foul-smelling water

BCM officials responded yesterday to a series of complaints from residents about the poor quality of their tap water in recent weeks. As previously reported...

Challenge to BCM to justify its exorbitant water penalities

LETTER TO THE EDITOR The citizens of Buffalo City are fed up with the inconsistency in the application of water tariffs and the lack of...

BCM’s 2020/21 budget ‘illegally adopted’, says DA

The controversy surrounding BCM’s 2020/2021 budget has escalated further, with DA councillor Sue Bentley alleging in a recent statement that it had been “illegally...

BCM breaking law, says DA

The DA has accused BCM of being in contravention of the Municipal Structures Act (No 117 of 1998) due to their failure to provide...

BCM mayor confirms the death of ‘humble, soft spoken and visionary’ BCM speaker Alfred...

Buffalo City Metro mayor Xola Pakati has confirmed the death of speaker Alfred Mtsi from Covid-19 complications. Mtsi died on Sunday morning at Life Beacon...

Stage 2 Loadshedding – 10 July 2020 – Buffalo City Metro (BCMM)

Stage 2 loadshedding returned countrywide from 12 midday today, July 10, 2020 and is set to continue until 10pm tonight. This stage is initiated if...

Slight increase for BCM dams

A rise in provincial dam levels last week from 53.4% to 54% was mirrored by a similar increase in the Amathole Water Supply System,...

Mixed news for BCM dams

As provincial dam levels dropped to 54% this week, the news for the Amathole region is mixed. Of the six dams in the Amathole Water...

Covid-19 closes 20 BCM schools in first week

  Twenty schools in Buffalo City have been forced to close in the first week of the government's ambitious plan to return pupils...

Ratepayers up in arms over BCM billing estimates

A number of irate residents claim the city has overcharged households in Bhisho, King William’s Town, Mdantsane and parts of East London. The online...

IAAI help to feed the hungry in BCM region

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit SA, a number of charitable organisations are stepping up to assist those most in need. One such organisation...

BCM finds R30m for food relief vouchers

By Sandiso Phaliso Buffalo City Metro has committed R30m to assist destitute families in its 50 wards during the lockdown period. The relief fund will see...

Bungled BCM accounts to be corrected after the lockdown

Buffalo City Metro ratepayers who had hoped their bungled municipal accounts would finally be corrected will have to wait a while longer as Covid-19...

DA slams BCM for ‘refusing’ to shelter homeless

DA BCM constituency leader Chantel King has accused the municipality of “blatantly refusing” to provide shelter for the homeless population during the national lockdown,...

BCM empowers netballers in King

Netball officials and players from the BCM area were offered an opportunity to participate in an umpiring Level 1 accredited course held at the...

Some relief for BCM dams following rain

BCM finally has some good news on the water front. Following continued rains last week, most dams in the area saw a rise in level...

BCM dam decline continues

The last week's rain has brought some relief to the drought-ridden Eastern Cape, with provincial dam levels rising to 47.3% according to the latest...

Twelve-hour blackouts on the cards for BCM

Buffalo City Metro residents may have to brace for up to 12 hours a day without electricity, as the city will likely ramp up...

BCM water woes continue

Dam levels across province have dropped even further as what is being called the most persistent drought since 2015 and one of the worst...

BCM warns of water cuts on Thursday and Friday

BCM residents have been urged to prepare for water cuts on Thursday and Friday. The cuts will be caused by the maintenance of the Umzonyana...

Prepare for total blackout, BCM warns

That is the word from Buffalo City Municipality to metro residents as the country takes stock of Eskom’s meltdown. But big business energy users in...

Hundreds of BCM women call NGO for help

Are you trapped in a situation of gender-based violence? Help could be a phone call away. An East London NGO is reaching out to women...

BCM teachers shine at Teachers Awards

The Hotel Osner in East London was packed with educators, government officials and representatives of the private sector last Thursday all dressed to the...

Talent on show at BCM cup

BCM recently staged an U19 soccer tournament at the Victoria Grounds in King William’s Town. “Our aim is to choose 20 boys for the Qonce...

Do your part to keep BCM litter-free

Last month, I wrote about how the lack of bins around BCM contribute to littering. This week, I want to follow up on this. I...

Residents demand BCM mayor tackle corruption

Buffalo City Municipality brought their Budget Roadshow to King William’s Town on Monday where over 2,000 residents from the surrounding wards crowded into a...

DA says BCM is ‘dodging’ call to close EL zoo

The DA has hit out at Buffalo City Metro (BCM) for failing to discuss their motion to close the EL Zoo at March’s council...

BCM teams still in the running in Super 12

Round four of the Eastern Cape Super 12 rugby league produced three local wins among the four BCM-based teams on Saturday. Port Elizabeth team Star...

BCM libraries to get R29m in subsidies

The department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (Dsrac) has so far released a total of R29m in subsidies to local and metropolitan municipalities...

DA to bring no-confidence vote against BCM mayor

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has submitted a motion of no confidence against Buffalo City Metro (BCM) executive mayor Councillor Xola Pakati which will be...

DA launches BCM housing inspections

Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape premier candidate Nqaba Bhanga recently led a series of housing inspections around the Buffalo City Metropolitan (BCM) area. “The DA...

First Mr and Miss BCM crowned

  The inaugural Mr and Miss BCMM pageant took place last Friday at the Orient Theatre. Mdantsane-born Thimna Qakwane, 18, was crowned as Miss BCM and...

DA condemns BCM strike

NOT ON: The (DA) in the Buffalo City has condemned actions of striking Buffalo City Municipality Metro (BCMM)  workers and their Union. “The municipality has...

Iconic BCM memorials vandalised by thieves

The old brass plaque on the equestrian statue in front of the East London City Hall has disappeared. Photographs of the memorial that were posted...

BCM business is taking a beating

Business within the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) is taking a beating but we shouldn’t give up hope just yet, says Border Kei Chamber...

Glam start for Mr & Miss BCM launch

It was glitz and glamour at the launch of Mr and Miss Buffalo City Metropolitan (BCM) held at Bunkers Hill on Saturday, October 20....