Follow-up visit to Transkei mud schools: Ecape Department of Education found to have reneged on court accord
The Democratic Alliance is deeply saddened and immensely disappointed with the Eastern Cape Department of Education for reneging on a court agreement in which it was settled that temporary mobile classrooms, water tanks and sufficient desks and tables for learners at seven mud schools in the Libode district were to be provided by the department by 31 March 2011. This failure was exposed by the Democratic Alliance when Edmund van Vuuren, Provincial Spokesperson on Education and Donald Smiles Deputy Shadow Minister of Basic Education visited the schools on 5-6 April 2011. The DA, upon visiting these schools, expected a hive of activity, but was met with a glaring absence of any contractors on the agreed sites. The DA has urged the applicants in this agreement to go back to court to change the agreement into a court order. The DA also appealed to the MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, to intervene without delay and to act decisively, without fear or favour, against those officials responsible for this unacceptable state of affairs.
MPLs in action
The Bhisho MPLs have been spreading the message of the Democratic Alliance in their wards and communities with the help of dedicated councillors and party activists. Here are pictures of some of the latest events.
DAWN Amathole Women’s Day celebrations
The Amathole district of DAWN celebrated Women’s Day on the 14 August 2010. The guest speaker was MPL Veliswa Mvenya. She spoke about the DA Women’s Network and urged the community to become involved with its work. “Women are the wheels of the struggle. We are looking forward the municipal elections. Women must be involved so that this province can get more women councillors,” she said.
Lecture on Open Opportunity Society
Legislature Leader Bobby Stevenson has been giving lectures about the principles of an open opportunity society to DA activists in the province. On Thursday, 19 August he was in King William’s Town, where the lecture was presented to some 30 party supporters at the King Club.
Dacre Haddon adopt-a-school follow-up
MPL Dacre Haddon “adopted” the Philip Nikiwe school in New Brighton early in 2010 as part of the Democratic Alliance national Adopt-a-School campaign. On Saturday, 24 April, they retured to the school to do some more repair-work to the buildings, as promised. The Democratic Alliance Constituency of Port Elizabeth West was the first to launch the project in the Nelson Mandela Metro. The event highlighted donations of sporting equipment, hardware (paint) and stationery to the school from various donors and firms in the Metro. Philip Nikwe caters for pre-schoolers to Grade 8 and has huge material and financial challenges. With 250 pupils attending the school, it is severely challenged by shortages of (non existent) stationery, dilapidated buildings, teacher shortages and equipment. The DA sees this campaign as a long term investment in the futures of these and many other children and that of the country.
Veliswa Mvenya visit to Khanyisa Orphanage and Willowvale Sassa paypoint
Social Development portfolio committee member Veliswa Mvenya has made a commitment to the Khanyisa Orphanage in Mthatha as part of the DA’s ongoing “adopt-a-school” campaign. She also recently visited the Sassa area office in Willowvale, to expose the conditions grant recipients have to endure in order to receive a social grant.
Human Rights Day rally
DA provincial spokesperson on Social Development and Agriculture, Veliswa Mvenya, held a Human Rights Day rally on Sunday, 21 March, at Madakana Villiage, which is Ward 14 of the Mbashe municipality.
Tale of two schools
The stark reality of the uneven distribution of resources in schools in the province was highlighted during a school safety visit by the Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security of which Legislature leader Bobby Stevenson is a member.
Out and about
The Bhisho MPLs have been speading the message of the Democratic Alliance in their wards and communities with the help of dedicated councillors and party activists. Here are pictures of some of the latest events.
Edmund van Vuuren education campaign
DA provincial spokesperson on education, Edmund van Vuuren, visited schools in Port Elizabeth in February as part of the party’s month-long national education campaign. The campaign was concluded in PE with a rally in Gelvandale which was attended by DA national leader Helen Zille.
MPL Dacre Haddon “adopted” the Philip Nikiwe school in New Brighton on 22 February 2010 as part of the Democratic Alliance national Adopt-a-School campaign.
DA Youth Indaba in Port Elizabeth
The DA Youth held an Indaba in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 27 February 2010. Activities included a talk by Legislature Leader Bobby Stevenson on a open opportunity society and the distribution of DA promotional material in New Brighton.
2010 Opening of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature and State of the Province Address
The official opening of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature and annual State of the Province Address took place on Friday, 19 February. As always, the day was filled with pomp, ceremony and glitzy outfits.
Tour the EC Provincial Legislature
The Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature is situated in Bhisho, about five kilometres from King William’s Town. Herewith is a picture tour…
DAWN provincial conference
Representatives and chairpersons of the DA Women’s Movement held a provincial conference in East London in February.
The Bhisho team went on a teambuilding and strategic planning weekend in Stutterheim from 16 to 18 October 2009. Long hours and brainstorming a-plenty resulted in a clear picture of what the members and their staff want to achieve during their term of office. In between the hard work, time was made for a hike through the surrounding forest, which provided so much needed relaxation and comic relief.
By-elections held at Bushman’s River in the Ndlambe Municipality on January 27