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EC DRDAR must step up and assist farmers with Foot and Mouth outbreak

The Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) must step up and assist farmers in preparing for a possible outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). While the current outbreak has not yet been detected in the Eastern Cape, it is extremely concerning that the disease has moved outside of the traditional FMD corridor, and we need to be vigilant I will be writing to the chairperson …


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Eastern Cape residents seeking information on name changes, including the renaming of several major towns in the province, will be hard-pressed to find any, as the Eastern Cape Provincial Geographical Names Committee (ECPGNC) has made it nearly impossible to contact them. The committee must be called before the DSRAC portfolio committee to give an account of their work, and the Democratic Alliance will be pushing for transparency in the name …


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Gender-based violence: Stop talking, take action and hold those responsible to account

On Tuesday, I tabled a motion during the plenary in the Eastern Cape Legislature, calling on all public representatives in the province to take a pledge to commit that they will take steps to actively ensure safer communities for women, build a safer future for our children and be positive role models in our communities that respect and protect women and children. We need to stop just talking about gender-based …


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Young people remain locked out of sports opportunities as DSRAC cuts school sports funding

Young people remain locked out of sports opportunities in the Eastern Cape, as the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) has drastically cut funding for school sports activities. Our future Olympians are being denied an opportunity to participate because they are not being afforded the opportunity of having access to the best resources – be it nutrition, facilities or resources. In response to a parliamentary question, DSRAC MEC, …


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SPEECH NOTES: Women’s caucus public participation report

Greetings Honourable Speaker, after reading this report I came to the conclusion that says WOMAN, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. It starts with this very institution that we are members of. We went on public participation without any prior work being done, and we expected to find stakeholders when no staff were sent prior to prepare for the activities. Should we then be surprised that across the province the meetings …


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SPEECH NOTES: 2021/22 Appropriation Budget – Vote 9 Rural Development and Agrarian Reform

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Leaders of Political Parties, Members of the House Distinguished guests All protocols observed Agriculture has proven to be the most resilient industry across the world amidst the worldwide pandemic that we are currently experiencing. Even in South Africa the agricultural industry was the shining star amidst an economy that was in recession and which severely contracted. Last year the agricultural industry was able to record positive …


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Vandalism of Biko statue condemned

The Democratic Alliance condemns the recent vandalism of the Steve Biko statue, outside East London City Hall in Buffalo City Metro, that has been defaced with paint. The statue was unveiled by the former President Nelson Mandela in East London in 1997, to commemorate the contribution to the struggle towards liberation. Steve Biko was at the forefront of a grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the …


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N Zibonda Speech Notes: Debate on the 2021 State of the Province Address

SPEECH NOTES: DEBATE ON THE STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS By Nomvano Zibonda, MPL 3 March 2021 Greetings to the Hon Speaker, Hon. Premier, members of the legislature, staff and the members of the public. Last week, as the people of this province, we were let down. We were let down by a Premier who seems out of touch with the issues faced by farmers of this province. A Premier …


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Speech Notes: Vote 14 – Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Annual & Half Year Financial Oversight Reports

Greetings to the Deputy Speaker, Hon Premier, MEC’s, Members of the legislature and the staff. The past financial year has been filled with uncertainty, as a nation we have had to readjust in the matter in which we do things and the impact has been evident. We continue to live and learn to adapt to our “new normal” this pandemic has disrupted the livelihoods of all our people, it therefore …


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Libraries at risk of collapse as funding delayed

Libraries across the province, which serve as cornerstones for reading and learning, are at risk of permanent closure as much needed funding has been delayed by a broken bureaucratic system. Not one municipality in the province has received their 2020/2021 library subsidies from the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC). These subsidies total R73,9 million. DSRAC MEC, Fezeka Bayeni, in response to a parliamentary question, said the delays …


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