BHISHO BRIEF ARCHIVES


After the conclusion of a very successful DA provincial congress, where the mood was tangibly one of keen anticipation of things to come in the 2016 local government elections and united team spirit, we have now effectively embarked on our next election campaign. Hardly has the dust settled from our most successful election yet in May 2014 and we are again embarking on our most important election yet. We have …


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The financial viability of small municipalities in the province came under the spotlight at the recent Taking Legislature to the People-event, held in Burgersdorp. During a question-session for oral reply, I asked the MEC for Provincial Planning and Treasury whether the Gariep- and Maletswai municipalities owed money to employee pension funds, Eskom, SARS, the Auditor-General and other any other creditors. In the case of Gariep, it was revealed that Gariep …


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The right to housing is under threat due to inefficiencies in spending and diminishing funding projected between the 2013/14 and 2017/18 financial years. It is my opinion that the Eastern Cape faces a significant backlog and serious shortfall in its provision of quality-built housing for low income households, while the ANC keeps tight-lipped on the matter. Everyone dreams of having a place they can call their own; a place that …


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Despite the best intentions of the department of education, who claim that adequate water and sanitation in schools in the province will be provided within a seven-year timeframe, an entire generation of pupils will remain subjected to a poor learning environment. It was recently revealed in question I asked the MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, that 765 schools across 23 education districts in the province do not have access to …


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The portfolio committee on economic development travelled all over Joe Gqabi District recently visiting projects supported by the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Sadly, most of the projects were not running. One of them is the Aliwal Spa a prime example of how public funds seem to disappear. R26.4 million has been spent over the last six years with a further R8.6 million committed from the national …


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