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Slow EC provincial payments is still a silent killer for small businesses

May 25th, 2018

The slow payment to suppliers of the Eastern Cape government continues to silently kill small businesses. Despite all interventions, the province is still struggling to make payments on time. Although some improvement has been made, it is simply not good enough. In the reply to a legislature question that I asked the former MEC of Finance, Sakhumzi Somyo, in April 2018, a total of 5 503 businesses in the Eastern …

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MEC must clarify Breidbach housing tender to company with sequestrated directors

May 10th, 2018

Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August must clarify why a housing project for Breidbach was awarded to a company whose directors had been placed under sequestration. On Thursday, it was reported in the media that the department had acquired 163 sites from the Buffalo City Metro on which to build RDP houses in Breidbach. Does this form part of the deal with DCI Holdings? This community, just outside King William’s Town, …

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Need 24-hour-a-day policing for our roads

March 8th, 2018

THE DA is saddened by the high spate of accidents and fatalities on Eastern Cape roads last weekend. Our heartfelt condolences go to the families and loved ones of those who have passed away. As shadow MEC for transport in the Eastern Cape, I have long advocated the employment of traffic law enforcement that operates 24 hours a day. The DA believes that the lack of visible law enforcement is …

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DA condemns killing of five EC SAPS members

February 21st, 2018

The DA in the Eastern Cape condemns in the strongest terms the killing of five members of the SAPS in Ngcobo in the early hours of yesterday morning. We offer our sincere condolences to the families of these policemen. My colleague, in Parliament, Zakhele Mbhele MP (DA Shadow Minister of Police) and I visited the Ncgobo Police Station this morning to gather the facts about how such criminal acts can be …

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National Senior Certificate achievers should be treated equally

January 29th, 2018

The front page article “Bhisho’s R80 000 bursary blunder (Weekend Post, 20 January 2018) refers: The Department of Education in the Eastern Cape has committed a grave injustice by not publically recognising the achievement of Heather Diogo. Every learner who writes the National Senior Certificate examinations, whether they go to a government- or a private school, deserves to be treated equally as they all wrote the same examination. It is also …

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