NEWS FLASH


The DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay Metro held its first State of the Metro Address under a government for change yesterday, with executive mayor Athol Trollip.  From the left is DA legislature leader Bobby Stevenson MPL, Yussuf Cassim MP, legislature caucus chair Marshall von Buchenroder MPL and his wife, Avril.

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The Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the second quarter of 2017 (January to March) was released by Statistics South Africa today (subs:  Monday, 7 August 2017).   The Eastern Cape now has the highest unemployment rate in the country together with the Free State, both at 34.4.%, according to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Statistics South Africa.  The Eastern Cape also had the highest expanded rate of unemployment, …


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IN THE NEWS


  SELF-PROTECTION: Lindzey Pollock and BCM councillor Sue Bentley, of the DA, demonstrate self-defence techniques in Alphendale.  Picture:  Michael Pinyana, Daily Dispatch WHILE women across the country attended events where there were speeches, song and dance, the Democratic Alliance Women Network (Dawn) celebrated Women’s Day differently – training women how to defend themselves. Dawn Eastern Cape provincial chairwoman Celeste Barker yesterday led about 100 women in a march around the …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


Eastern Cape Non Profit Organisations rendering various critical and specialised services such as social welfare services to children on behalf of the Department of Social Development will have to wait much longer for their much-needed funds.  On Wednesday, 16 August, a motion that was tabled by me in the Provincial Legislature, was halted in its tracks by the ANC majority party.  For the motion, click here: 16-08-2017; Motion NPO transfer payments …


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There seems to be no sense of urgency from the national government and the South African Police Service to finalise the building of an additional police station in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth despite land having been allocated by the DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay Metro months ago. Yesterday (subs:  Wednesday, 16 August), I tabled a motion in the Eastern Cape Legislature for a resolution that the  Department of Safety …


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Infrastructure spending is a key component of creating economic growth in this province.  The horrific capital under-expenditure in some municipalities as the end of the third quarter (31 March 2017) clearly illustrates a massive lack of capacity.  This impacts negatively on the overall economic growth rate of this province and the ability to create jobs. According to a reply to a legislature question I asked Finance MEC Sakhumzi Somyo, some …


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