The Quarterly Labour Force Survey for Quarter 1 of 2016 was released by Statistics South Africa today. The big jump in the unemployment rate for the Eastern Cape is a bitter blow, the pain of which will be felt in people’s stomachs as they battle to put food on the table. According to today’s Labour Force Survey, the unemployment rate is up from 27.4% in the fourth quarter of 2015 …

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Mbhashe cash misuse

May 5th, 2016
DA Eastern Cape provincial chairperson Veliswa Mvenya MPL and provincial leader Athol Trollip MPL.

THE beleaguered Mbhashe Municipality has been plagued by bad reports of mismanagement of public funds and poor service delivery. The latest incident is the municipality’s misuse of R140 000 of taxpayers’ money intended for a staff awards ceremony which did not take place (“R140 000 spent on cancelled awards event” DD April 29). Earlier this year, Good Governance Africa compiled and released a report indicating the worst and best run …

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Unemployment rising as economy tumbles AS AN influx of new graduates enter the job market, the South African unemployment rate continues to soar while the economy spirals in the opposite direction. A look at the recently released data and survey by StatsSA on the labour force trends, reflects a bleak picture of the future. The report, released early last week, shows that with an unemployment rate of 28.6% in the …

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According to a reply Reply to question 416 IQP 49 to legislature questions I asked Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana, a penalty equal to the daily income that a bus would be making has been levied by the Mayibuye Transport Corporation (MTC) against Siga Capital Assets for each day delivery has been delayed.  This follows an R81-million deal with Siga Capital Assets for the delivery of 40 buses to MTC. How much has …

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On an oversight visit to three Primary Health Care (PHC) clinics in Port Elizabeth this week, I witnessed first-hand how our country falls desperately short of having an efficient, functioning, service-oriented and patient-centered preventive health care system. I was accompanied by my colleague in the national parliament and DA Shadow Minister of Health, Dr. Wilmot James.  We will accordingly be requesting a meeting with the Eastern Cape Health MEC, Dr. …

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Children from Valencia Township swimming in a sewage-contaminated storm water channel.

  The children of Addo’s Valencia Township are in grave danger of falling sick with life-threatening diseases because they are swimming in sewage-contaminated storm water channels. In a fair society, poor communities are not abandoned and they are not deprived of their human dignity. This impoverished community has been abandoned by the Sunday’s River Valley Municipality (SRVM) and the ANC.  Lives matter. One of the nameless streets in Valencia has …

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