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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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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Honourable Premier of the Eastern Cape, Honourable Speaker, Honourable MECs, Honourable Members of the Legislature, Ladies and gentlemen The role of this Department stretches much further than sport, recreation, arts and culture. It stretches to the future generations; it influences the quality of people produced by our lovely province. Sport, we all know what sport is and most of us at some time on our lifetime have played a sport. …

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Question papers 2017

January 23rd, 2017

IQP 39 third session IQP 40 third session IQP 1 fourth session IQP 2 fourth session IQP 3 ORAL IQP 4 fourth session IQP 5 fourth session IQP 6 fourth session IQP 7 ORAL IQP 8 Written IQP 9 fourth session IQP 10 fourth session IQP 11 fourth session IQP 12 ORAL QUESTIONS IQP 13 fourth session IQP 14 fourth session IQP 15 fourth session IQP 16 fourth session IQP …

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The article ‘No right policy diagnosis’ by Casper Lötter (Herald, 19 July) refers: The Democratic Alliance is deeply concerned about medico-legal claims and the Eastern Cape Department of Health’s ability to pay and to manage this crisis in a level-headed fashion. Eighteen months ago,  I raised it in a health portfolio committee meeting in the legislature, that a health ombudsman was insufficient because the problem lies in the hospitals, not …

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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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