Veliswa Mvenya MPL.

The only way to resolve the current chaos in Mnquma municipality is to have fresh elections so that the people can vote for a government that will work for everyone. Violent factional battles culminating in gun shots coupled with a possible R5 million payout to municipal manager, Sandile Tantsi, will destroy service delivery in Mnquma municipality. The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, must take urgent steps …

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Tell us your plans, MEC

December 1st, 2016
Kobus Botha MPL, Shadow MEC for Social Development

THE closure of the Algoa Frail Care Centre and Lorraine Frail Care Centre is shrouded in a veil of secrecy by Nancy Sihlwayi, MEC for Social Development in the province. As a caring DA provincial government-in-waiting, we would most definitely have dealt with this issue in a much more caring, inclusive, open and transparent manner, unlike what is currently unfolding haphazardly. Let’s be clear here. The affected parties cannot be …

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Frail care bombshell: The Herald

December 23rd, 2016
DA MPLs Kobus Botha and Bobby Stevenson visited the Algoa Frail Care Centre to find the real facts behind the planned closure of the facility.

Plan to house patients in under-used hospital ignored, says former official THE Department of Social Development has, for the past 18 months, ignored a plan for the establishment of a state-run frail care facility in an under-used hospital, according to a former top official. If the facility had been set up, the furore over the fate of 239 frail care patients following the department’s decision to close the only two …

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The Council in Dr Beyers Naudé Municipality yesterday resolved that the controversial Municipal Manager, Martin Noel Pietersen, be suspended. The DA calls on the Council to set clear parameters for the suspension of the Municipal Manager. Mr Pietersen must not be allowed to drag the matter of his appeal on for an indefinite period of time and cripple service delivery in the process. The municipality cannot afford to be without …

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Edmund van Vuuren MPL

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the slight improvement in the 2016 matric results from 56.8% to 59%, an increase of 2.5%. But this is far off the department’s  goal of 70%. There is no cause for celebration.  We are the worst performing province, with the five worst performing districts,  each obtaining less than 50%.  The Eastern Cape is the only province with districts that achieved less than 50%. The learners of …

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EC matric results expectations

January 3rd, 2017
We have a mandate to ask, says education portfolio committee member Edmund van Vuuren.

It is an open question as to how many of the 94 000 full-time matriculants made the cut in the 2016 final exams.  The DA is hoping that we will break through the 60% barrier.    This, however, will be a tough nut to crack giving the fact the second term (June 2016) provincial results stood at 44.9 % and in September 2016 improved to 48.3%.  It will indeed be a …

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