NEWS FLASH


As the world commemorates HIV AIDS Awareness Day, it is perhaps fitting to look at the overwhelming impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the lives of those living with HIV AIDS, and the programmes meant to make a difference in the fight against this silent killer. Sadly the Covid-19 pandemic, which has devastated communities and upset economies across the globe, has impacted very severely on our province, our …


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EDITORIAL


There has been a strong focus recently on the latest audit outcomes of municipalities, and what this reveals about the state of local government. In the Eastern Cape, 13 of the 39 municipalities audit reports worsened and only one received a clean audit. But is a clean audit the only measure of a municipality‚Äôs effectiveness, and does this indicate whether a municipality is succeeding in improving the quality of life …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


The Democratic Alliance, during a sitting of the Eastern Cape Legislature yesterday, called upon Premier Oscar Mabuyane, to declare the Eastern Cape as a Drought Disaster area. The entire western half of the province is still grappling with a seven-year drought that is decimating farmers and water-scarce municipalities. A capable state would be doing everything in its power to put drought mitigation measures in place. Without water, everything else fails. …


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Yusuf Cassim

The Provincial Treasury is withholding R15 million in authorised overtime from departmental staff involved with examinations, who have subsequently downed tools, bringing critical services to assist recent matric graduates to a complete standstill. I have reliably learnt that roughly 360 staff, including examination staff at a district level and provincial level, Human Resources and Salaries as well as internal control, have downed tools. This will have a devastating impact on …


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Honourable Speaker, Hon Premier, hon members of the legislature; officials and guests, I greet you all Madam Speaker, candy floss is made up of large holes held together by a few thin strands of fragile sugar. While it may look appealing, it has no substance, and it does not provide one with sustenance. Sadly, this year the Premier’s speech was candy floss. After digesting it, we remained hungry for the …


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