Bobby Stevenson

The improvement of audit outcomes for provincial departments and public entities is a step forward for the Eastern Cape, but the journey to clean audits still has a long way to go. According to an announcement by the Premier, Phumulo Masualle, only a third, or two of the 13 provincial departments and six out of the 11 public entities in the Eastern Cape received clean audits.  (eight out of 24) …

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Two years of suffering

September 27th, 2016
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SIPHE Macanda (Daily Dispatch: 22 09 16) describes an appalling state of affairs at the Fort Grey Clinic in Buffalo City. The DA is horrified to learn that cable theft, transformer theft and vandalism have disrupted services at Fort Grey to such an extent that the clinic has an unreliable power supply and that for nearly two years patients have been sent home without treatment because the department of health …

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THE DA in the Eastern Cape has written to transport MEC Weziwe Tikana demanding answers about the on-going overtime pay dispute that has resulted in provincial traffic officers abandoning overtime duties. Last week provincial traffic officers decided to protest following a long-running dispute with the department of transport over outstanding payments. Traffic officers in Nelson Mandela Bay, Sarah Baartman, Amathole, O R Tambo, Alfred Nzo and Chris Hani district municipalities …

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Following the recent plundering of our precious ocean resources by foreign fishing vessels and ongoing illegal sand mining on the Wild Coast, the DA is increasingly concerned about the unsustainable use of our natural resources in the Eastern Cape. As we celebrate heritage day on the 24th of September, we are also concerned about the neglect of one of the Eastern Cape’s historic cultural heritage sites, the amaMpondo Cultural Heritage …

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Marshall von Buchenroder

Post offices in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) yesterday took delivery of 14 000 sheets of the specialised paper used for the printing of vehicle licence disks, thanks to the intervention by the DA. I reported two weeks ago that a country-wide shortage of specialised paper at licencing centres had spread to the Eastern Cape, particularly NMBM.  This meant “face-value” licence disks could not be printed. I have been …

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For the safety of all road users in the Eastern Cape, the Department of Transport must resolve the overtime strike by provincial traffic officers over their pay once and for all.  This province recorded the highest number of road fatalities in the country during the last festive season, an increase of 22 %, from 227 in 2014/15 to 278 in 2015/16. High visibility and tough law enforcement, 24-hours a day, …

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