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Government land lies vacant in Nelson Mandela Bay

While the national debate around expropriation without compensation continues, with the deadline for submissions extended to the end of February, government owned land in Nelson Mandela Bay stands vacant. During a recent Public Works portfolio oversight, 132 out of the 878 land parcels belonging to the Provincial Government in Nelson Mandela Bay were found to be vacant, with no concrete concept plans for usage. In Algoa Park 15,2 hectares of …


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Suspended Social Development officials paid R7 million to sit at home

The Department of Social Development in the Eastern Cape has paid out over R7 million to 51 employees who were placed on paid leave over the past three years, pending the outcomes of investigations against them. These employees sat at home, drawing salaries, while hundreds of thousands of people, living in poverty, were deprived of the services these individuals were supposed to be providing. In response to a parliamentary question, …


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SPEECH NOTES: CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ON OVERSIGHT VISITS TO PROJECTS AND INSTITUTIONS FUNDED BY THE DEPARTMENT AROUND CHRIS HANI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Madam Speaker, Hon Premier, members of the executive, members of the Provincial Legislature, officials from different Governmental Departments, dignitaries, invited guests and the warm people of the Chris Hani district. I humbly greet you. The department of Social Development plays such a pivotal role in our society, especially within the boundaries of the Eastern Cape. Because of the importance if the department’s service and beneficiaries, monitoring and evaluation and regular, …


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Less than 7% of children in the Eastern Cape have access to Early Childhood Development Centres

There are close to 800 000 children between the ages of 0 and 4 in the Eastern Cape, but only 6.8% of these are provided with Early Childhood Development services by the Department of Social Development. MEC for Social Development, Siphokazi Mani Lusithi, has revealed that only 73 187 children currently receive an ECD subsidy through the 1 757-government funded ECD centres in the province. This needs to be urgently …


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R9.6 billion allocated for SMMEs, but no indication of how funds spent will be monitored

Premier Oscar Mabuyane recently announced that over R9.6 billion of the Provincial Government’s annual budget will be set aside for SMMEs, but there has been no indication of how the spending of these funds will be monitored. The Democratic Alliance believes that small businesses are the driving force of the economy, and that entrepreneurship needs to be encouraged for job creation but is concerned that the lack of sufficient monitoring …


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Ernest Malgas Treatment Centre in need of better aftercare services and teachers

The Eastern Cape Department of Social Development must, as a matter of urgency, assign more field social workers to children graduating from the Ernest Malgas Treatment Centre in Port Elizabeth. Yesterday, 8 July 2019, I conducted an oversight inspection at the Centre and found it to be a well-run, state-owned drug rehabilitation facility for children – the only one if its kind in the province. I was also joined by …


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Speech notes: Edmund Van Vuuren 6th Legislation 2019 SOPA debate

Hon. Speaker, Hon Premier, members of the executive, members of this House, officials from different Governmental Departments, dignitaries and invited guests. I solemnly greet you. I stand before you today, a person privileged to be part of the 6th session of our Legislature, celebrating our democracy and freedom. I use the word “freedom” very loosely. Not all of our people are indeed free. Many still feel trapped under a government …


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Question papers: First session 6th Legislature

Click on the appropriate link below to download the official question papers submitted to the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature during the first session of the 6th legislature. IQP 1 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 2 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 3 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 4 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 5 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 6 ORAL 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP …


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Illegal ANC billboard a desperate attempt to garner support

The failing ANC government have found it fit to erect a massive billboard on the school grounds of Selborne College in East London, in direct contravention of the South African Schools Act. Section 33A of the Act clearly states that “… (4) A school may not allow the display of material of a party-political nature on its premises, unless such party-political material is related to the curriculum at the school.” …


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Learners abandoned due to failed rationalisation

Over 60 learners from Elliot have had their school ripped away from them and have been left stranded because the failing Eastern Cape Education Department cannot adhere to the rule of law and failed rationalisation. The Grade R to Grade 7 learners and the teachers of Long Hope Primary School have been left abandoned after a decision to close their school with no apparent plans to accommodate them. The children …


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