NEWS FLASH


Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature meetings could be deemed unconstitutional and the decisions taken therein overturned if they are not opened to the public. I have written to the Speaker, Helen Sauls August, in relation to her press release of 5 May, where she highlighted the fact that the Legislature is conducting its business through virtual meetings and is accessible to the media and civil society organisations. Download Letter. The Democratic …


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SPEAK OUT


It is clear that Premier Oscar Mabuyane has no solution to combat the rising unemployment in the Eastern Cape, which is robbing the food off the tables of the people. This after the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Stats SA today, showed that unemployment in the province continued to rise, with the third quarter up by 1.1%, from 35.4% to 36.5%. The Eastern Cape continues to have the highest …


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IN THE NEWS


The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape has called on the Green Scorpions to investigate raw sewerage flowing into the Fish River at Cradock. The party’s Midland’s Constituency Leader, Retief Odendaal, says this will place the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people at risk. He says he visited the Local Municipality’s wastewater treatment plant in Cradock on Wednesday and was shocked to find it completely shut down, with no …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


The MEC of Education, Fundile Gade, and his Department must be summoned before the Education Portfolio Committee to answer questions regarding the contract with Sizwe Africa IT Group, after showing blatant contempt for portfolio members during a sitting yesterday. I have never before witnessed such contempt from a member of the executive, who has chosen to rather act unconstitutionally and break his oath of office than simply answer questions regarding …


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A watershed ruling to have the Makana Municipality dissolved, handed down in January this year, has come back into effect after Judge Igna Stretch dismissed the application by the Provincial Government and the Municipality for leave to appeal the ruling, with costs. In the judgement handed down late yesterday afternoon, Judge Stretch found that there were no reasonable prospects that the appeal would succeed. This ruling means the original order …


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A recent oversight visit to the Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality has revealed that critical water infrastructure projects, started more than two years ago, have been abandoned, half built, with the sites left hazardous and unsafe for surrounding communities. Contractors for these debacles should be blacklisted, and the province must sue them for non-performance. We need to start enforcing accountability! In response to a parliamentary question regarding the reservoirs, MEC for …


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