Budget vote speeches: Department of Economic Development, Department of Transport, Department of Human Settlements and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture .

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature today by the DA’sShadow MEC for Economic Development, Ross Purdon MPL and Shadow MEC for Human Settlements, Kobus Botha MPLduring the budget vote debates of provincial departments.

Speech by

Ross Purdon, MPL

DA Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

“Creating an environment for investment and jobs”

  • 50% of the procurement budget is to be spent on goods and services from the Eastern Cape
  • SMME’s and Co-ops must be paid on time to ensure their survival
  • Good management and protection of our natural environment is non-negotiable

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Ross Purdon Vote 9 DEDEA budget debate

Speech by

Kobus Botha, MPL

DA spokesperson on Transport

“Transport budget not conducive to the great need of extensive improvement and development of transportation excellence”

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Kobus Botha Vote 10 Transport budget debate

Speech by

Kobus Botha, MPL

DA Shadow MEC for Human Settlements

“Housing budget insufficient to address housing back-log in Eastern Cape”

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Kobus Botha Vote 11 Human Settlements budget debate

Speech by

Ross Purdon, MPL

DA Shadow MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture

“About nation building and social cohesion”

  • Only 5% of the budget for museums is for infrastructure and 2% for operations.
  • Miscommunication and infighting between the department and the provincial Heritage Resource Agency has led to a backlog in processing of permit allocations
  • Sport can break down barriers that other areas of society struggle to match

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Ross Purdon Vote 14 Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture budget debate