Celeste Barker

The Eastern Cape MEC for Health, Dr. Phumza Dyantyi, cannot allow bumbling bureaucrats to stand in the way of retired officials of her department from receiving their benefits. I have received a number of complaints from retired officials who are facing the injustice of battling to secure benefits earned in trust and good faith. Sadly, in one case, Raymond Springer, who worked at Frere Hospital for 26 years and retired …

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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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BABYSITTING interventions in ailing Eastern Cape municipalities are not working. This is because some municipalities quickly regress to the bad state they were in before the provincial government intervened, the Bhisho legislature has been told. This was a result of lack of skills transfer to backsliding municipalities, according to a report from the cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) portfolio committee. The report was adopted by the this week. The …

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The Democratic Alliance condemns the violent action by taxi owners in the Eastern Cape today. When one has to rely on a culture of fear and violence to make a point, this destroys the very freedom that lies at the heart of our constitutional democracy. The Eastern Cape is in turmoil as the entire public transport system came to a halt when SANTACO (South African Taxi Council) took to the …

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There is a clear distinction between the DA-approach to fighting crime in Nelson Mandela Bay compared with that of the ANC.  According to an answer to a question for oral reply I asked last week in the legislature Reply to oral question 31 NBM anti gang unit to Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana, there are no plans to establish an anti-gang and drug unit as part of the Metro Police …

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The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature by DA Shadow MEC for Social Development, Kobus Botha MPL, Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Ross Purdon MPL, Shadow MEC for Finance and for Safety & Liaison Bobby Stevenson MPL and Shadow MEC for Human Settlements Sanele Magaqa MPL, during the budget vote debates of provincial departments. Speech by Kobus Botha, MPL Shadow MEC for Social Development  “New systems devised to hide ANC failures” Social …

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