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Graaff Reinet waste transfer site reported to Green Scorpions

I have written to the Green Scorpions to report that the Graaff Reinet waste transfer site is in a deplorable state and is an absolute health hazard as well as a safety risk for residents of the municipality. Please view the letter below: Letter I have requested that the Green Scorpions take steps against the municipality for allowing this environmental health situation to reach disastrous levels. Hopefully, this will draw …


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Illegal occupation of RDP houses in BCM a ticking time bomb

The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements needs to come clean and state clearly what investigation, if any, will be conducted into the alleged illegal occupation of 116 houses by residents in Vergenoeg, East London. A parliamentary response from the MEC for Human Settlements, Mlungisi Mvoko, reveals that no formal investigations have taken place to verify whether the correct beneficiaries have occupied the houses.  To view the response, please click here: Response …


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Failing ANC’s Title Deeds Restoration Project neglects elderly and disabled

A recent response received from the MEC for Human Settlements, Mlungisi Mvoko, reveals that over R1 billion has been spent on the Title Deeds Restoration Project over the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years yet not a single title deed was handed over to elderly beneficiaries during the 2017/18 and the 2018/19 financial years. To view the response, please click here: Response Disabled beneficiaries have not received title deeds over …


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Health Ombudsman’s report must not detract from challenges faced by Mental Health

The report by Health Ombudsman, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, on the Tower Psychiatric Hospital and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Centre must not detract from the crisis that is Eastern Cape Mental Health. The damning findings against the Eastern Cape Department of Health have received far too little comment in the final Ombudsman’s report, not least of which is the fact that they have a long history of failing to self-correct, and have failed …


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Eastern Cape Department of Social Development fails 19,529 children

Thousands of Eastern Cape children who are in desperate need of support, are being denied critical services, even though funding is available for them. So far this year the Department of Social Development has only assisted 900 of a targeted 20 429 children, while last year Department failed to reach its target, only assisting 8 500 of the 11 047 children they had identified, grossly under-spending in the process. This …


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Social workers without vehicles equals limited service delivery

A written response to a parliamentary question from Social Development MEC, Dr Pumza Dyantyi, reveals that the Department of Social Development in the Eastern Cape does not have enough vehicles that would enable its 1771 social workers to provide social welfare services in our province. To view the response, please click here: Response The response reveals that the Department of Social Development only has 419 vehicles for departmental employees and a mere 239 …


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R224 million spent on an incomplete road

A legislature response received from the MEC for Roads and Transport, Weziwe Tikana, reveals that the department has spent a total of approximately R224 million on an incomplete road between Coffee Bay and Mthaleni Village over a period of nine years.  To view the response, please click here: Response This road has become one giant pothole that is swallowing up the much needed resources of this province without any rational explanation. Who is …


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Prioritising of Bethelsdorp police station welcomed

I welcome the fact that a new police station in Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth is a “very high priority” for the South African Police Service, but timeframes must be set for its construction. To view the response to a parliamentary question on this issue, click below: Download response SAPS should put their money where their mouth is and show the people of Bethelsdorp that an additional police station in the area …


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Vacancies undermining Eastern Province health care delivery

Vacancies in critical posts in hospitals and clinics across the Eastern Cape contribute to the ongoing health crisis. According to national norms and standards, less than half (49%) the necessary numbers of medical specialists are employed by the province.  Only two thirds (66%) of the required numbers of medical doctors are currently employed. This information was made available by the MEC for Health, Helen Sauls-August, in response to a question …


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Department of Education pays officials millions to sit at home

A parliamentary response from the MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, reveals that a total number of nine officials from the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape have been placed on paid leave since 2015 pending various investigations including corruption and mismanagement of funds . To view the response, please click here: Response The response reveals that three cases from the 2016/2017 financial year are still ongoing. These officials are still on …


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