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Another abandoned housing project leaves beneficiaries without homes

December 14th, 2017

Another housing project, this time in Alicedale in the Makana Municipality, has been abandoned after the contractor claimed that he had not been paid by the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements. Unlike the ANC’s failed projects the DA is committed to the speedy rollout of housing in the Eastern Cape. We will not abandon the people. When I visited the town two weeks ago, I was shocked to find …


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16 days of activism: No Victim Centers at 43 EC police stations

December 12th, 2017

A total of 43 police stations in the Eastern Cape do not have Victim Centres for people who have fallen prey to abuse and violence. In many towns, the police station is the only port of call for victims who cannot afford or are unable to go elsewhere. Victims of violence and abuse need privacy. A distressed and traumatised woman or child cannot be expected to talk about rape in …


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Provincial Treasury must conduct forensic investigation into R171-million EC broadband deal

December 12th, 2017

The Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury must conduct a forensic investigation into the Office of the Premier with regard to the circumstances relating to a payment of R171-million  to Liquid Telecom for the provision of broadband services to the Eastern Cape. I call on the MEC for Finance and Provincial Expenditure, Sakhumzi Somyo, to publically state whether or not the payment of R171-million to Liquid Telecom was made or not.  The …


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Traffic law enforcement lacking ahead of festive season

December 4th, 2017

With the approaching festive season, traffic safety will once again be in the spotlight. Unfortunately, road accidents will make this a time of great sadness instead of a celebration for many families. The Law Enforcement section of the Eastern Cape Department has a staff of only 556 people. Of this 32 people are senior management and 534 are law enforcement officers. The only way to limit the carnage on our …


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Speech notes: Kobus Botha MPL, Department of Social Development Annual Report 2016/16 and half-yearly financial oversight report for 2017/18. 29 November 2017

November 30th, 2017

Honourable Speaker All protocol observed INTRODUCTION The concept of social policy is related to social justice and social development. It is a method through which social justice is attained and social development is carried on. It’s not only the formulation of social policy that is important, but its effective implementation is paramount and is subject to changes from time to time as social aspirations and usefulness change. In order to …


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