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No food parcels as EC residents starve

Edmund van Vuuren

The Eastern Cape Department of Social Development has failed to provide food parcels to thousands of starving households in the province. Since the beginning of the new financial year in April, the Department has distributed food parcels to just 3% of its beneficiaries. In response to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance, MEC Siphokazi Mani-Lusithi revealed that between 1 April and 10 June this year, just 141 food parcels …


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DSD lets EC Metro residents starve

Edmund van Vuuren

Since the beginning of March 2022, the Department of Social Development (DSD) has not distributed a single food parcel to the destitute in the Buffalo City or Nelson Mandela Bay Metros. While the Department has not given any explanation as to why they have not done so, the problem is clearly not due to a lack of funds. Earlier this year, the DA revealed that R67 million provided in grant …


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SPEECH NOTES: 2021/22 Appropriation Budget – Vote 4 Social Development

Hon Speaker, all protocols observed, I greet all present here today. No-one can deny the devastating effect that the Covid pandemic has had on the people of our province. Jobs, income, stability and loved ones have been lost to this devastation. There is a saying that says, and I quote “Actions prove who someone is; words just prove who they want to be.” Let me elaborate on this. The MEC …


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Where are the bank cards, MEC?

Nearly two months into the new financial year and the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development has still not distributed the controversial bank cards to needy beneficiaries. Where are the bank cards MEC, and who are the beneficiaries? Show us the list! The Department decided to issue people in the province with bank cards pre-loaded with R1 500 cash, after failing to spend more than R141 million entrusted to them …


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Eastern Cape Department of Social Development is failing the elderly

The Eastern Cape Department of Social Development is failing to meet the needs of a growing elderly population in the province, leaving many old and frail individuals destitute and without care. Statistics released last month by Stats SA show that the province’s population of individuals 60 years and older has grown significantly over the past five years, from 708 000 (10.6%) in 2015 to 771 000 (11.4%) in 2020. The …


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Failing ANC Government buys support with R1 500 bank card

The failing ANC-led Provincial Government has decided to issue people in the province with bank cards pre-loaded with R1 500 cash, after failing to spend the money entrusted to them by the National Government to provide relief to those in distress. After failing to spend more than 86% of the R164 million in grant funding given to the Department of Social Development to assist families in dire need, the Department …


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Department of Social Development unable to spend its budget on those in despair

Ten months into the current financial year and the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has spent less than 14% of the funds meant to assist those people in distress in the province. While tens of thousands of people have had their livelihoods destroyed in this province by Covid-19 and the subsequently enforced lockdown, while children have been starving, this incompetent Department has been sitting on millions of rand …


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Speech Notes: Vote 4 – Social Development Annual & Half Year Financial Oversight Reports

Honourable Speaker, Honorable Premier, protocol observed. Good day. Honourable Speaker, I stand here a solemn, wretched, and disconsolate public representative. It is unconscionable, Madam Speaker, that the Department of Social Development could not distribute Social Relief of Distress to all targeted beneficiaries, due to systemic incompetence that is prevalent in this Department. The Department of Social Development has up to date only spent R22,754 million out of an allocated budget …


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Speech Notes: Vote 2 – Legislature Annual & Half Year Financial Oversight Reports

Honourable Deputy Speaker, Honorable Premier, all protocol observed. Good day to you. Hon Deputy Speaker, this institution operated with a total adjusted budget allocation of R557,291 million for the year under review. The Legislature registered an over-expenditure of R7,5 million, which is 1,3% more than the allocated budget, even though the institution has 115 vacant, posts which include critical funded vacant posts in the Finance, Human Resource Management and committees’ …


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World Homeless Day reminder for EC government to tackle homelessness

World Homeless Day [10 October 2020] is a fresh opportunity for the Eastern Cape Government to revisit the plight of the homeless and tackle some of the complex issues affecting these marginalised individuals. During the national lockdown, the Department of Social Development in the Eastern Cape opened nine temporary homeless shelters in five districts in the Eastern Cape. This presented the perfect opportunity to assist individuals with needs such as …


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