NEWS FLASH


The Democratic Alliance expects the MEC for Finance, Oscar Mabuyane, to introduce a provincial budget for the 2019/20 financial year, in the region of between R82 and R83 billion, on Tuesday, 5 March, in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature. MEC Mabuyane must clearly outline how a shift is going to take place; from consumption expenditure to investment in infrastructure and economic growth. This is a key task, given that unemployment …


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SPEAK OUT


The Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Stats SA last month, shows how the Eastern Cape economy is continuing to fail, along with the job’s bloodbath. This means thousands of families across the province will struggle to put food on the table, pay for medication and schooling for their loved ones. The fight to just survive in the Eastern Cape is getting harder. The third quarter statistics show the Eastern …


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IN THE NEWS


Bethelsdorp and Kwazakhele ranked among 30 most dangerous places in country described as ‘a war zone’ Two of the country’s most deadly policing precincts are in Port Elizabeth. The areas – Bethelsdorp and Kwazakhele – are ranked among the top 30 most dangerous in SA, while Gelvandale tops the national list in terms of attempted murders. Startling figures for Nelson Mandela Bay show rampant violent crime – two people murdered, …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


The need for a second police station in Bethelsdorp has never been more urgent. This is why the Democratic Alliance welcomes the response to a question for written reply that Park Homes will be provided in the 2019/2020 financial year, as an interim measure, while the construction of the police station commences. The escalating shootings over this weekend, which have claimed the lives of at least five individuals and left …


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A family from Engcobo who booked a deceased young male for a post mortem at the Mthatha Pathology Laboratory are reeling from the shock that the body of the deceased has gone missing from the facility. And now, several weeks later, the police are seemingly no closer to tracking down the body of the deceased. Is this the way that the government cares for its dead? I have submitted parliamentary …


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MEC Oscar Mabuyane’s maiden budget speech, introduced in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature today, did not highlight any bold changes needed to arrest the high unemployment trajectory of the Eastern Cape, which has resulted in 1,5-million people leaving this province since 2006. This outward migration, together with the mismanagement of our economy, which only grew 0,8% last year, has resulted in the equitable share allocation of the Eastern Cape shrinking …


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