Red lights are flashing for Eastern Cape municipalities as consumer debt climbs to R8.2-billion. Voice clip in English:  consumer_debt_to_municipalities_now-bobby-stevenson-mpl Consumers owed Eastern Cape municipalities a massive R8.2-billion at the end of the fourth quarter of the municipal financial year (ended 30 June 2016). The poor state of the economy in the Eastern Cape is biting hard.  In June 2015, this figure stood at R7-billion.  In December 2015 this figure stood …

Read More



The DA is delighted by Dr Rolene Wagner’s swift response to our concerns about the plague of cockroaches in the maternity ward at the Frere Hospital. The Kangaroo Unit has been thoroughly fumigated and has been completely cockroach free and clean since 8 October. Staff and volunteers helped to clean the ward and Dr Wagner has seen to it that a kitchenette and lounging spaces have been created for the …

Read More



We accept that the moms were treated by the department and something went wrong THE Eastern Cape Department of Health is facing a potential R14-billion in claims for 1 820 babies born with brain injuries linked to errors and high-risk pregnancies – a scenario it also believes is being exploited for profit. While the department admits there are errors and says it is doing what it can to improve the …

Read More


Kobus Botha, MPL

The newly elected Mayor of the Inxuba Yethemba Municipality, Ray Shweni, must put the needs of the people first instead of spending over R1-million of their money on a luxury mayoral vehicle for himself. In a climate of fiscal consolidation and great poverty, there is no place for fat cat expenditure. It is rumoured that Mayor Shweni is already spending R32 000 per month for the rental of a Mercedes …

Read More

K redu

Newly elected Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality Mayor, Ray Shweni, must enforce by-laws before inciting people to use bullets to deal with stray animals in the town. Mayor Shweni  must ensure that by-laws relating to stray animals are being enforced and not incite the public to take the law into their own hands by going out on a shooting spree. His ‘Wild West’ cowboy style statement “shoot them and slaughter them” …

Read More


The Democratic Alliance calls on the MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, to prioritise the complete renovation of dipping tanks in Willowvale villages, Hadi, Msengeni, Tywaka and Nakazana villages. In a response to a question for oral reply, the MEC states that the renovation of the aforementioned dipping tanks is not yet complete due to a lack of participation from local farmers and construction material delivery delays …

Read More