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Learners in Graaff Reinet left in the lurch as province fails to pay

September 18th, 2018

Thousands of learners in Graaff Reinet have been left in the lurch as critical upgrades to their schools have ground to a halt because the Department of Public Works has failed to pay service providers for more than a year. Contractors, sub-contractors and consultants who were tasked with the upgrades at Lincolm and Ashervale Schools have abandoned the sites after not being paid for 15 months, with many being forced …

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UFH Alice Campus Clinic languishes without medication

September 14th, 2018

The campus clinic at the University of Fort Hare in Alice has received no medicines since the end of April this year, the dispensary is nearly bare, and there has not been a doctor since 2016. Students are forced to walk to town and queue for hours at the Victoria Gateway Clinic, or at the War Memorial Clinic, to be treated or collect chronic medication, causing them to miss out …

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Rape victims being denied justice as no testing kits available in the province

September 13th, 2018

Thousands of women in the Eastern Cape who are raped could be denied justice because the South African Police Service do not have a single rape kit on hand. In a province with 19 reported rapes a day, this is a shocking betrayal of the rights of women. This will cause the already low conviction rate in rape cases to plummet further. It is beyond belief that rapists could be …

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Health Department quietly scraps multi-million rand mental health facility amid growing EC crisis

September 12th, 2018

The Department of Health has quietly scrapped a multi-million-rand mental health facility earmarked for Dora Nginza hospital, despite the growing crisis in mental health care in the province. Unless this Department changes course when dealing with mental health issues, it is on track to a full-blown human rights crisis. In response to a parliamentary question, MEC Helen Sauls-August confirmed that the planned facility, which was announced in 2013 and was …

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Bloody wave of violent crime continues to sweep through Eastern Cape

September 11th, 2018

The latest crime statistics are cold comfort to residents of the Eastern Cape who daily live in fear of the criminal element that stalks our communities, and highlights the dire need for a complete overhaul of the SAPS. The crime statistics released today show that the bloody wave of violent crime continues to sweep through the Eastern Cape. Murder has risen by a staggering 5.2% (up from 3,628 to 3,815), …

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