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Speech notes: Recruitment by the Eastern Cape department of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic [Seconder]

The following speech was delivered by Retief Odendaal, MPL in response to a motion tabled by DA EC MPL and Shadow MEC for Health, Jane Cowley . Speaker, I want to start off by congratulating the former HOD for Health Dr Mbengashe with his new appointment as strategic adviser to the Premier. That said, I also want to thank the Premier on behalf of many elated officials in the Department …


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Speech Notes: Consideration Of The Adjustments Appropriation Bill, 2020

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Leaders of Political Parties, Members of the House In January 2020, ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hon Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, warned that if the country could not effect deep structural economic reforms, then it would be game over for South Africa. Fast-track to June this year, ahead of the Special COVID-19 Adjustments budget Mr Mboweni said: “We can no longer spend the …


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No COVID Budget lifeline for Eastern Cape

The Special Adjustments Appropriation passed by the Eastern Cape Legislature today offers the people of the Eastern Cape no hope at all. What should have been a budget to support and guide our people through the worst health and economic crisis that have ever faced this country has become a box-ticking exercise for bureaucrats. At a time when the government should be pulling out all the stops to assist those …


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How government is destroying business in the Eastern Cape

Instead of helping businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout of the subsequent lockdown, the Eastern Cape government appears dead set in driving the final nail into the coffin, by withholding billions of rands owed to their service suppliers. This came to light during a briefing from the Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury to the Finance Portfolio Committee on the state of the provincial fiscus yesterday, ahead of the …


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Government support of EC economy now critical

The tabling of the Eastern Cape Adjustments Appropriation Bill later this month is a unique opportunity for the ruling ANC to batten down the hatches and ensure that we survive the worst economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It presents a unique opportunity to ensure that government plays the enabling roll that local business so desperately needs to survive. The economy of the Eastern Cape will not be spared the …


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Just seven boreholes for the entire drought-plagued Sarah Baartman District

Seven boreholes within an area of 5,8194 million hectares. This is the extent of the drought aid assistance that the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform will spend on farmers in the drought-plagued Sarah Baartman District. This is a slap in the face of farmers in the Sarah Baartman district who have been battling prolonged drought conditions for six years. This will also have a devastating impact …


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National drought relief funding for Eastern Cape woefully inadequate

National government have made R35 million available for drought relief funding that, while welcomed, is woefully inadequate to meet the needs of farmers who have been severely impacted by the worst drought on record. This is in response to the application submitted in November last year, where the province asked for R643 million in drought assistance from National Treasury, and comes at a time when Provincial Treasury has already projected …


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Pre-pandemic budget adopted despite biggest health care crisis in a century

The Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature have adopted a pre-pandemic budget, despite being hit by the biggest health care crisis in a century. Even though the Eastern Cape Health Department is collapsing under the pressure of increasing COVID-19 infections, the province has adopted a budget with almost no additional funding for this struggling department. The Democratic Alliance accepts that it is impossible to address all of the inherent, historically fiscal problems …


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Speech Notes: Consideration of the Appropriation Bill 2020

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Leaders of Political Parties, Members of the House We are considering the proposed budget that is before us amidst the most challenging of times the world has known in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the world economy and South Africa and the Eastern Cape has not been left unscathed. Whilst South Africa had some very serious fiscal constraints before our national lockdown started on …


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Speech Notes: Finance Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Leaders of Political Parties, Members of the House According to STATS SA, South Africa recorded a decline of 2% in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2020. This data reflects only the first three months of 2020, before the nationwide lockdown was fully implemented. These worrying statistics come on the back of the announcement by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, that the country will …


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