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EC Premier’s Broadband Project blown through R606 million

Serious questions need to be asked about whether Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s Broadband Project is delivering value for money to Eastern Cape departments. In response to a parliamentary question, Premier Mabuyane confirmed that, to date, four sites have been connected to broadband infrastructure. The project has already cost taxpayers in excess of R606 million over the last three financial years, with a further R277 million budgeted for the current 2020/21 financial …


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Speech Notes: Delivering of Food Parcels During COVID-19 [Seconder]

Kobus Botha

The spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic to South Africa has caused tremendous pressure on all South Africans but particularly on the vulnerable households that are facing temporary or permanent employment interruptions. Food insecurity is, and, has become, a stark reality for many South African households, with approximately 50% of households living under the poverty line and not being able to afford basic healthy eating. Most of the people also …


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Lack of consequences crippling the public sector

Kobus Botha

The handling of disciplinary cases in Eastern Cape government departments is riddled with critical challenges, and the lack of consequences is allowing corruption and maladministration run rampant. This is crippling the public sector’s ability to deliver services to the people of the province. In response to a parliamentary question, Premier Oscar Mabuyane revealed that there are currently 108 active disciplinary cases across departments. SEE: IQP 11 Q238 It has become …


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Speech Notes: Social Development Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

Kobus Botha

Hon Speaker, protocol observed, I greet all present here today. During the past few months with COVID-19 sweeping into our country and affecting the lives of every single South African, we have seen the true importance of the Department of Social Development and everything that it stands for. We have never been blind to the fact that we have millions of residents in the Eastern Cape, ranging across all races, …


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Speech notes: Office of the Premier Policy Report and Budget 2020/21

Kobus Botha

Madam Speaker, all protocols observed. It is now 13 months and one week (22 May 2019) since Premier Oscar Mabuyane has taken charge of the government in the Eastern Cape. The Premier and the Executive Council are responsible for the realisation of the rights of people as contained in the Constitution of South Africa, provincial legislation, along with any national legislation assigned to the provinces. The Premier also sets provincial …


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Urgent rollout of broadband needed to assist during Covid-19 crisis

Kobus Botha

The Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, must prioritize the rollout of broadband services to hospitals and clinics to help mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus, which is running rampant through the Eastern Cape. The Office of the Premier introduced the broadband project with the aim of connecting government departments, including hospitals and clinics, to high speed ICT infrastructure. Sadly, more than four years have passed and there is little to show for …


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Kobus Botha sworn in as newest Eastern Cape Legislature member

The Democratic Alliance Legislature team welcomes Kobus Botha, who was officially sworn in as a DA member of the sixth term of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature this afternoon, 5 March 2020.     Kobus previously served as a member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature during the fifth term, and returns to the position of MPL, having served as a councillor in Nelson Mandela Bay since the 2019 elections, …


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Social Services grind to a halt as DSD frantically seeks new offices

Thousands of people across the province are being deprived of their basic human rights to dignity, as social services grind to a halt as a result of the failing ANC government’s inability to ensure a safe working environment for their own staff. Over five hundred staff members, the bulk of which are from the Department of Social Development, have had to seek new premises after being forced to vacate their …


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Eastern Cape NGOs face bleak festive season

Hundreds of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) across the Eastern Cape will be having a bleak festive season, as they are still waiting for their funding subsidy-transfers to be paid. These NGOs were promised that the payments, some of which have been outstanding for more than three months, would be made by no later than the 15th of December. They are still waiting though, as the Department of Social Development battles with …


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Speech Notes: Social Development Annual Report for 2017/18

Kobus Botha

All protocol observed. Honourable Speaker, I am very sad, disappointed, frustrated, concerned and very cross with the ANC. I am sad because the relative successes of the post-apartheid ANC Government has not successfully redressed the wrongs of the previous regime. In fact, service delivery has slowed down, and the country still faces serious economic and social challenges such as negative economic growth, high unemployment, rising poverty and increasing inequality. I …


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