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ANC blocks motion to assist NPOs

August 18th, 2017

Eastern Cape Non Profit Organisations rendering various critical and specialised services such as social welfare services to children on behalf of the Department of Social Development will have to wait much longer for their much-needed funds.  On Wednesday, 16 August, a motion that was tabled by me in the Provincial Legislature, was halted in its tracks by the ANC majority party.  For the motion, click here: 16-08-2017; Motion NPO transfer payments …

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No sense of urgency from SAPS while PE Northern Areas bleed

August 17th, 2017

There seems to be no sense of urgency from the national government and the South African Police Service to finalise the building of an additional police station in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth despite land having been allocated by the DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay Metro months ago. Yesterday (subs:  Wednesday, 16 August), I tabled a motion in the Eastern Cape Legislature for a resolution that the  Department of Safety …

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Under-expenditure shows massive lack of capacity in some municipalities

August 16th, 2017

Infrastructure spending is a key component of creating economic growth in this province.  The horrific capital under-expenditure in some municipalities as the end of the third quarter (31 March 2017) clearly illustrates a massive lack of capacity.  This impacts negatively on the overall economic growth rate of this province and the ability to create jobs. According to a reply to a legislature question I asked Finance MEC Sakhumzi Somyo, some …

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SAPS rural safety plan is a step in the right direction

August 7th, 2017

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the implementation of a rural safety plan in 162 of the police stations in the Eastern Cape.  According to a reply to a legislature question I asked Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana, each station had appointed a rural safety coordinator.  For the reply, click here:  Reply to question 102 Rural Safety Plan The DA is committed to ensuring that the Eastern Cape becomes a safer …

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New scholar transport regulations must be linked to fines for successful law enforcement

August 2nd, 2017

The horror crash in Port Elizabeth on Monday, 31 July, which claimed the life of a scholar transport driver and left 18 children injured has highlighted the fact that the provincial Department of Transport has failed to arm legislation to stop pupils from being transported in bakkies.   Penalties must be gazetted as a matter of urgency so that traffic officials have an enforcement mechanism. It is every parent’s greatest fear …

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