NEWS FLASH


The Eastern Cape provincial government had failed to pay 6 478 suppliers to whom it owed money in excess of 90 days, as at 31 December 2016, totalling a staggering R169-million, according to a reply to a legislature question I asked.  For the reply, click here:  Reply to IQP 40 q 267 This government should focus on radical economic payment instead of monopolising provincial capital to the detriment of businesses …


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SPEAK OUT


Let’s build streets of no fear

February 21st, 2017

THE allegations made in the rape case reported in the Daily Dispatch of February 14 refer. Women live under a constant threat of violence and rape and to our sorrow South Africa continues to have the highest rape statistics in the world. We appeal to all readers to embrace our constitution. The time has come to speak up. Let’s unite to build a safe, caring society for the sake of …


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IN THE NEWS


OPPOSITION parties in the Eastern Cape say they’ve had enough of the talk – they now want action from the government against corruption. Yesterday, political parties in the Eastern Cape legislature debated Premier Phumulo Masualle’s state of the province address (Sopa) which he delivered last week Friday. The opposition was united in calling for the state to deal more radically with corruption and greed instead of throwing around phrases like …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


Eastern Cape Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi and her HOD, Stanley Khanyile, must take full responsibility for the precarious plight of over 2 000 children who depend on the services of East London Child Welfare (ELCW). A caring provincial government would never abandon the most vulnerable members of our society, namely our children.  The DA will continue to fight against the unnecessary difficulties these children and the ELCW has been …


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The Algoa Bus Company issued a notice this afternoon (subs:  Tuesday, 11 April) that it will be joining a national transport strike following the breakdown of a 12% across-the-board salary increase on Monday (subs:  10 April). While the DA respects the rights of workers to strike, the economy of the Eastern Cape cannot be sacrificed. Our provincial economy is in an extremely fragile state, with a growth rate projected at …


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The DA is challenging the MEC for Finance Sakhumsi Somyo to explain why a figure of R1,4 billion of unpaid health debt was not reflected in a reply to a legislature question I asked recently.  For the reply click here: Reply to IQP 40 q 267 .  In March, the MEC for Health, Dr Phumza Dyantyi, told the national parliament that health debts (accruals) amounted to R1,4 billion as at 31 January …


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