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THERE are only 64 government ambulances serving the entire Eastern Cape province. This was revealed yesterday by newly appointed provincial Health Department superintended-general Dr Siva Pillay. Pillay confirmed the province was supposed to have 240 ambulances.

THE Eastern Cape government is set to be overspent by R2,7-billion by the end of the current financial year on March 31 as the province’s “fiscal time-bomb explodes”. Commenting on the current state of affairs, DA finance spokesman Bobby Stevenson said  he had warned in July last year that this would happen. “It is now time for the premier to show her mettle and charge the relevant officials in terms of …


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THE mystery over which city the Cameroon soccer team has chosen as its base camp for the 2010 World Cup deepened when the DA said Buffalo City had lost out. DA spokesperson on sport in the legislature, John Cupido, said it unfortunately had not surprised the DA when it heard from reliable sources that Cameroon had not chosen East London as a base camp. “If it is the case, it …


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PROVINCIAL HEALTH HAS GONE BUST

February 4th, 2010

THE provincial Health Department has gone bust with debts of R1.8 billion, and cannot pay creditors or nursing staff their special payments until the new financial year. DA health spokesperson Pine Pienaar said t he DA warned in December that the department would run out of funds due to un- mandated payments of some R800 million in backpay to provincial employees and R250m in OSD payments. “This ongoing mismanagement will …


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