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Quarterly labour force stats: Fire President Jacob Zuma today to fire up our economy

August 8th, 2017

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the second quarter of 2017 (January to March) was released by Statistics South Africa today (subs:  Monday, 7 August 2017).   The Eastern Cape now has the highest unemployment rate in the country together with the Free State, both at 34.4.%, according to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Statistics South Africa.  The Eastern Cape also had the highest expanded rate of unemployment, …

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DA wants answers about Joubertina Community Health Centre

August 2nd, 2017

The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature is eagerly awaiting a response from Health MEC Dr Phumza Dyantyi regarding the admission hours of the Joubertina Community Health Centre. On Friday, 21 July, during normal working hours, local resident Samatha Kaplank, who was suffering from bronchial problems, was turned away by a receptionist on the basis that the centre does not accept patients after 13:30 in the afternoon on …

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Medico-legal claims: throwing money to the wind

July 25th, 2017

The article ‘No right policy diagnosis’ by Casper Lötter (Herald, 19 July) refers: The Democratic Alliance is deeply concerned about medico-legal claims and the Eastern Cape Department of Health’s ability to pay and to manage this crisis in a level-headed fashion. Eighteen months ago,  I raised it in a health portfolio committee meeting in the legislature, that a health ombudsman was insufficient because the problem lies in the hospitals, not …

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Accountability and good governance is needed to save worst audit performer, OR Tambo District Municipality

July 10th, 2017

The lack of accountability and consequences for poor performance and transgressions of legislation will result in the OR Tambo District remaining the worst performer in the country. According to the Auditor-General (AG) recent report on local government audit outcomes for 2015-16, irregular expenditure in the O.R. Tambo District Municipality increased from R94-milion in 2014-15 to R1 569-million. We cannot allow that one of the most scenic parts of the province, with …

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Bhisho women lead march against rampant abuse: Daily Dispatch

June 13th, 2017

THE Eastern Cape legislature’s multiparty women’s caucus yesterday brought Bhisho to a standstill with a march from Bhisho Stadium to the Bhisho State House to express “outrage” against rampant violence against women and children. DA’s Veliswa Mvenya said if the justice system continued to give bail to perpetrators of violence against women, they must be handed over to women “so we can get our hands on them and circumcise them …

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