NEWS FLASH


5Barker

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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SPEAK OUT


Kobus Botha, MPL

Proper coordination is needed to ensure that social work students have jobs once they have graduated from the national Department of Social Development’s bursary programme.  In Reply to question 56, IQP 7 of 2016 to a legislature question I asked Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi, no social work graduates were employed by her department in 2015, despite 290 students completing their studies. There has never been a more important time for social …


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IN THE NEWS


BUFFALO City Metro officials may have misled cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa to misrepresent the truth in the Bhisho legislature. Xasa told MPLs and the public in Bhisho earlier this month that metro officials had no knowledge of an application by East London’s Apostolic Faith Mission to buy land in 2014. At the time, Xasa was responding to questions from DA MPL Veliswa Mvenya about the …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


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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5Barker

The entire Cathcart community is in support of the protest on the N6, which is currently blocking entry to the town.  Major complaints are the decommissioning of the Cathcart Hospital into a Primary Health Care Centre, accusations of a lack of consultation by the Department of Health (DoH), failed promises to provide housing, potential job losses and forced relocation to Stutterheim. I have been invited to Cathcart by the local …


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Sand mining 1

The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Dedeat) cannot be allowed to pass the buck while one of the Eastern Cape’s most treasured tourism assets is being pillaged by illegal sand mining. These illegal mines – I have been informed that there are at least 170 — are an environmental disaster for Wild Coast tourism, which is celebrated for its natural beauty. In reply Reply to q10 of IQP …


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