NEWS FLASH


There are 258 RDP houses in the province that have remained unoccupied for years. It is inhumane to allow houses to stand vacant while thousands of families live in horrific conditions. The Eastern Cape has is a backlog of over 600 000 houses. Poor planning of this sort does little to tackle the ever-increasing problem of informal settlements. In a reply to a legislature question I asked the MEC for …


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SPEAK OUT


Mnquma’s pain

October 23rd, 2017

GROTESQUE certainly describes the goings-on at Mnquma (“Grotesque profits of graft” DD, October 19). My heart is broken. We are really suffering here in my hometown of Butterworth while ruthless people are playing with our funds. Every effort of government must be focused on improving the lives of all our people. To achieve this, all organs of state must be effective, transparent, accountable and coherent. But how can our people …


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IN THE NEWS


Enoch Mgijima ANC say they can turn it around ANC councillors in the embattled Enoch Mgijima Municipality yesterday rejected cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Fikile Xasa’s plan to place the struggling Komani-based council under administration. The ruling party used its majority in council to reject the plan, saying plans were afoot to turn the mun fortunes around. A total of 41 councillors rejected the plan, while nine approved it. …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


Accruals or outstanding payments of provincial departments in the Eastern Cape totalling a monstrous R3.889-billion have been carried forward into the 2017/18 financial year, an increase of 56%. If debt continues to rise at this rate in the Health Department, for example, there will be no money left in four years’ time except to pay salaries. For a voice clip in English, click here:  Accruals bad news for EC finances …


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Fifteen of the Eastern Cape’s 203 public libraries are closed. This is an assault on rural development. Sadly, most of these libraries are in areas where people lack facilities and where they rely on state facilities in order to gain access to information and knowledge. Public libraries should be an important centre of learning and development in communities. They are a place where young people should have access to information …


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  In August 2013, the R7,6-million Lukhanyiso Poultry Co-op Abattoir was opened in the Grahamstown industrial area, to great fanfare. It was designed to process 2 000 broilers per day. To date, not a single chicken, dead or alive, has crossed its doors. What happened to the money? Today, more than four years on, the doors and gates to this facility remain firmly locked. The 26 permanent jobs that were …


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