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State-of-the-art Aberdeen police offices unusable

A multi-million-rand state-of-the-art police building, built in 2016 for South African Police Service admin personnel in Aberdeen, is standing all but empty, because they did not get the basics right. I am determined to fight for a fully resourced police service so that we are able to reduce the climate of fear and give residents of Aberdeen peace of mind. Earlier this week, I conducted an oversight inspection of the …


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Eastern Cape Provincial Scorecard for 2019

Nqaba Bhanga

The Democratic Alliance caucus in the Provincial Legislature have reviewed their respective departments and given them each a score out of 10. The department’s previous score is included in brackets, for reference. These scores are based on the overall performance of each department, which have been monitored and held to account by the various MPLs, through the various parliamentary processes including portfolio committees, oversights, written and oral questions. Since the …


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Concerns over New Rural Development HOD following theft allegations

The DA is shocked and outraged by the new appointment of the Head of Department for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Siphokazi Ndudane, after theft allegations have come to light against her. Ndudane, the former Deputy Director General of Fisheries at the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), was announced as one of four new HODs appointed by Premier Oscar Mabuyane earlier this week. It has now come …


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The Eastern Cape gravy train still fully operational

The tabling of the Adjustment Appropriation Bill in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature today made it clear that the Eastern Cape Gravy Train is still fully operational, with no bold plans for cost cutting measures. The message was clear that it is still business as usual, with the acting MEC of Finance, Nonkqubela Pieters, not pronouncing on any stringent cost containment measures. The province continues to spend money on frivolous, …


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No comprehensive drought plan in place, response woefully inadequate

There is no comprehensive, interdepartmental plan in place to combat the crippling drought that has gripped the Eastern Cape, as the crisis affecting the province deepens. During a feedback session to the Rural Development and Agrarian Reform portfolio committee on Friday last week, it was revealed that the province has only applied for R643 million in drought assistance from National Treasury, of which R455,3 million has been requested for fodder. …


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Eastern Cape must clamp down on unroadworthy vehicles to curb road deaths in province

The Eastern Cape must clamp down on unroadworthy vehicles that are making use of the province’s roads, as these vehicles place the lives of their occupants and those of other road users at risk. This Sunday, 17 November 2019, as we remember the lives lost in road accidents as part of the World Remembrance Day for road traffic victims, the Democratic Alliance is calling on the MEC for Transport, Weziwe …


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Education Department continues to mislead Legislature with impunity

The Education Department seems intent on misleading the Legislature and avoid being held to account, by submitting blatant untruths in response to parliamentary questions. Today it has become apparent that the Department has once again submitted untruths to the House. Earlier this year I was contacted by a disgruntled parent pleading for assistance in obtaining her son’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) which has been outstanding since he wrote his NSC …


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Education Department infrastructure backlog is failing Eastern Cape Learners

The Department of Education is clearly failing to address infrastructure backlogs and in so doing, is failing to provide learners with conducive places of learning. This was blatantly apparent during an oversight conducted at the Lutateni Senior Secondary school, in the Alfred Nzo municipality, which I visited last week along with constituency leader, Baxolile Nodada, MP. The school, which was established by the community in 1987, has severe infrastructure challenges, …


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EC Government racks up over 1,2 million days of sick leave in two and half years

Nqaba Bhanga

The Eastern Cape Government is clearly sick to its core, with the various government departments racking up in excess of 1,2 million days of sick leave in the past two and a half years. The abuse of sick leave is crippling the public sector. In response to a parliamentary question Premier Oscar Mabuyane revealed that in the 2017/18 financial year 494 621 days of sick leave were taken, in 2018/19 447 859 …


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Phase one of first eco-friendly road in South Africa completed

The first eco-friendly road in South Africa, that incorporates waste plastic that would otherwise have gone to landfill or ended up in our oceans, has been completed in Jeffreys Bay, in the DA –led municipality of Kouga. This amazing accomplishment comes two years after a motion by the Democratic Alliance to consider the implementation of a pilot project – to test the feasibility and practicability of building roads by incorporating …


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