NEWS FLASH


The South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape have had their wings clipped, and currently have no air support at all, as their helicopters are grounded, severely hamstringing their crime-fighting abilities. Criminals need to live in fear of the sound of helicopters overhead and searchlights at night. This is what is required to hunt them down if we are going to have an effective criminal justice system. Gang violence, …


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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’s effectiveness, and does this indicate whether a municipality is succeeding in improving the quality of life …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) has been dishing out taxpayer’s money, as loans, with apparently no intention of getting it back, despite offering some of the lowest interest rates in the country. The ECDRA, which falls under the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, has been granting agricultural and non-agricultural loans to individuals at an interest rate as low as 3%. This means that the Eastern Cape …


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Dramatic cuts to the operational budget of the Livingstone Hospital have severely hamstrung its ability to provide even basic services, such as clean linen and food, to its patients. The Democratic Alliance is requesting immediate intervention from the MEC of Health to source additional funding. These excessive cuts, combined with chronic staff shortages, being forced to take on more patients than it is equipped to handle, and taking on additional …


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The Eastern Cape Education department’s woes are deepening, as they are still trying to get back tablets distributed to Grade 12 learners under the highly irregular Sizwe Africa IT contract, now valued at more than R538 million. These tablets should have been retrieved from learners in October last year, following the court interdict, when the learners were still at school, but now they have created a mess. The Department is …


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