The elderly hardest-hit as Johannesburg residents grapple with council bills

When 66-year-old Ruby Williams received a letter from the City of Johannesburg on April 21, her life changed. It was a pre-termination notice warning Williams that her municipal services would be cut-off within 14 days if she did not pay her arrears in full or make prior arrangements to pay over a period of time. 

The letter was hand delivered and left hanging at the gate of her home in Klipspruit West, south west of Johannesburg. While reading it, Williams developed difficulty in breathing and had to sit down in shock over the amount demanded.

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Oupa Nkosi
Oupa Nkosi

Oupa Nkosi began taking photos in 1998 with a pawnshop camera, before enrolling at the Market Photography Workshop. He began freelancing after graduating and has since run community projects, won a Bonani Africa award, had his work selected for exhibitions in Zimbabwe and Japan, and been invited to international workshops. He began at the M&G as an intern and is now chief photographer. He also writes features for the paper and lectures at his alma mater.

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