NEWS FLASH


                                            I have this week tabled questions in the provincial legislature in relation to the status of the Fountain Ave satellite police station in Walmer Township in Port Elizabeth.  I was shocked that the station was unmanned, at around 11:30 am when I paid an unannounced oversight visit there …


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SPEAK OUT


The article ‘No right policy diagnosis’ by Casper Lötter (Herald, 19 July) refers: The Democratic Alliance is deeply concerned about medico-legal claims and the Eastern Cape Department of Health’s ability to pay and to manage this crisis in a level-headed fashion. Eighteen months ago,  I raised it in a health portfolio committee meeting in the legislature, that a health ombudsman was insufficient because the problem lies in the hospitals, not …


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IN THE NEWS


FOR thousands of poor children in the Eastern Cape, the road to education is long and, at times, dangerous. The daily commute to school for many involves crossing hills, valleys and ravines or walking along stretches of road where they risk being hit by cars or falling victim to thugs. It was then a major shock to learn that the provincial department of transport had failed to make use of …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


A resolution more than three months ago to have the Sarah Baartman District Municipality declared a drought disaster area is yet to be gazetted. For a voice clip in English click here:  Sarah Baartman District must be declared a drought disaster area (English) For a voice clip in Afrikaans, click here:  Sarah Baartman District must be declared a drought disaster area (Afrikaans) The Sarah Baartman District Municipality (SBDM) took a …


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The Eastern Cape has yet to apply for its portion of additional funding from the National Treasury to cover the shortfall in the 2017-18 scholar transport budget, which totals R639 943 941 for all provinces. According to a reply to a question by the DA in the National Assembly to the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, the Eastern Cape is one of six provinces that failed to apply for …


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Out of a total of 155 medico-legal claims against the Eastern Cape Department of Health in the past three financial years (2014 to current), 151 cases were settled by the department, and only four cases were won, according to a response to legislature questions I asked the MEC of Health, Dr Pumza Dyantyi.  For the reply, click here:  Reply to IQP 5 q 29 medico-legal claims lost settled and won …


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