Koster – the South African town where residents took back control

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Residents of Koster have lived with water shortages for several years and are often forced to buy water from those with boreholes

Koster lies in the same region as the South Africa’s rich platinum mines but nothing about this town speaks of the wealth surrounding it.

“Our lives have gotten worse over the years and it seems like no-one cares,” says George Ndlovu, a 65-year-old pensioner from Reagile, a township in Koster.

“Things are so bad that many people here have stopped believing anything will ever change unless we stand up and fight for it.”

Kim Medupe’s eight-year term as the town’s mayor has been characterised by erratic water supply,…

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