EASTERN Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet delivers her state of the province address today – and at the back of her mind will be the fact that her administration is going to have to do more with less in the next financial year from April 1. Commenting on what Kiviet might say, DA caucus leader Bobby Stevenson said the Eastern Cape was “at a crossroads” when it came to service delivery, …

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THE Eastern Cape Housing Department “dumped” R75-million into the trust account of the Nelson Mandela Bay housing directorate at the end of the last financial year to avoid having to return the money to the national Treasury. Commenting on the disclosure, DA provincial finance spokesman Bobby Stevenson said:  “This in itself is outrageous because the poor do not get the houses they deserve. However, the magnitude of this inhumanity is compounded …

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POLITICAL parties in the province all expect a Budget biased towards the poor, the sick and the youth – and all want to see the money spent wisely. Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson Pine Pienaar said: “My prediction is that Education will receive more money, especially considering the dismal performance relating to the matric pass rate for the Eastern Cape.”  Read the full story in the Daily Dispatch.

WE have once again reached the stage where a myriad of parents are facing a dilemma: how do I pay my children’s school fees? With the advent of our new democracy we all hoped for many things, especially that all our children would have access to free education but alas, it was not to be, writes Edmund van Vuuren in the Weekend Post.

After almost a decade, Regina Windvoel’s approved government-sponsored RDP house still has not been completed after a contractor abandoned the project with only the foundation laid. Dacre Haddon (MPL) heard about the matter last year and referred it to Housing MEC Nombulelo Mabandla. “The response was they had no knowledge of the case.”  As a result, Haddon and the family have now decided to take legal action.  Read the complete story …

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