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IN THE past two years 38 guns were stolen in farm attacks in the Eastern Cape. Police have recovered nine of them. MEC for safety and liaison Weziwe Tikana told the Bhisho legislature, in a response to written questions by DA legislature leader Bobby Stevenson, that 21 guns were stolen in farm attacks in 2017 and 17 in 2016. Tikana said it was not clear whether the stolen firearms had …


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542 vulnerable pupils feel brunt of overtime pay war HUNDREDS of special needs children at three schools in Buffalo City Metro are spending as little as three hours at school because of a go-slow over the provincial education department’s failure to pay overtime. Since the Dispatch team started reporting on the impact of the work-to-rule labour action on special needs schools last week, we have learnt the number of children …


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THE Eastern Cape department social development is in a state collapse and paralysis. That is if the debate by the portfolio committee on social development in Bhisho yesterday is anything to go by. The report, which was adopted yesterday, paints a picture of a department in need of ICU and with inexplicable budget allocations for the 2018-19 financial year. According to the scathing report, among other failures: ● The social …


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THE Eastern Cape education department needs R4.4-billion to replace the unhealthy and unhygienic pit latrines and address general sanitary problems at schools. More than 3 000 schools are said to have no proper sanitation. This is 60% of the schools in the province. The department plans to fix 700 of these schools over the next 10 years. This was revealed by education MEC Mandla Makupula in his parliamentary response to …


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THE DA in the province yesterday called on education MEC Mandla Makupula to put a moratorium on his plan to merge all small schools in the Eastern Cape. Makupula announced the plan to “rationalise” more than 2 000 schools which had less than 200 pupils two years ago, saying the best thing was to close small schools and move the pupils to the next nearest school. But the DA’s Edmund …


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