NEWS FLASH


The Eastern Cape Department of Health, already in financial crisis, continues to spend what little money is still available to it on the wrong things, prioritising a bloated administration over basic service delivery. Of the R26,5 billion given to the Department for the 2021/2022 financial year, R4,3 billion has already been paid out to settle outstanding accruals from the previous financial year. That’s a shocking 16% of the total budget! …


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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 Covid-19 pandemic has turned the youth unemployment crisis in the Eastern Cape into a disaster, with nearly six out of every ten youth in the province without jobs. Responding to a question from the Democratic Alliance during a special sitting of the EC Legislature, Premier Oscar Mabuyane said the youth unemployment rate in the province is currently at a staggering 58.8%. SEE Response here Bold economic reform is the …


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The Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury has launched an investigation into the alleged reckless lending practices of the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA). This follows after the Democratic Alliance exposed how the ECDRA’s practice of granting unsecured loans at ridiculously low interest rates has led to millions of Rands being lost. Given the parlous state of public finances, reckless lending practises by state entities is criminal and has to be …


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Eastern Cape Education MEC, Fundile Gade, has failed to deliver on a promise he made in April to connect 1 000 rural schools to broadband internet by June, as part of the Department’s programme to improve education in far flung areas of the province. The Democratic Alliance will be monitoring the rollout closely, as it is simply unacceptable that it is taking so long. In response to a parliamentary question …


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