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Question papers: Fourth session, 2017/2018

IQP 39 third session IQP 40 third session IQP 1 fourth session IQP 2 fourth session IQP 3 ORAL IQP 4 fourth session IQP 5 fourth session IQP 6 fourth session IQP 7 ORAL IQP 8 Written IQP 9 fourth session IQP 10 fourth session IQP 11 fourth session IQP 12 ORAL QUESTIONS IQP 13 fourth session IQP 14 fourth session IQP 15 fourth session IQP 16 fourth session IQP …


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Heritage Authority holds back EC economy and development

Funding challenges are hampering the operations of the Eastern Cape Provincial Heritage Resource Authority (ECPHRA) and are causing a frustrating knock-on effect on the economy and development of the Eastern Cape. ECPHRA Permit Committees, based in Port Elizabeth, East London and Queenstown have not been meeting regularly which has caused major backlogs for investors and developers wanting to renovate or build on existing premises older than 60 years. The DA’s …


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DA deeply concerned about unsustainable use of natural resources and amaMpondo Cultural Heritage Landscape in EC

Following the recent plundering of our precious ocean resources by foreign fishing vessels and ongoing illegal sand mining on the Wild Coast, the DA is increasingly concerned about the unsustainable use of our natural resources in the Eastern Cape. As we celebrate heritage day on the 24th of September, we are also concerned about the neglect of one of the Eastern Cape’s historic cultural heritage sites, the amaMpondo Cultural Heritage …


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MPLs to inspect derelict Aliwal Spa: Daily Dispatch

MEMBERS of at least seven portfolio committees of the Bhisho legislature are visiting Joe Gqabi district from today, as part of their oversight programme. Legislature spokeswoman Bulelwa Ganyaza said the members of provincial legislature (MPLs) would visit schools, hospitals and government-funded projects around the area. The district covers areas such as Maclear, Sterkspruit, Barkley East, Ugie, Herschel, Steynsberg as well as Aliwal North. The Daily Dispatch has reported several times …


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Budget vote speeches: Social Development, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Provincial Treasury, overall provincial government and Human Settlements

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature by DA Shadow MEC for Social Development, Kobus Botha MPL, Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Ross Purdon MPL, Shadow MEC for Finance and for Safety & Liaison Bobby Stevenson MPL and Shadow MEC for Human Settlements Sanele Magaqa MPL, during the budget vote debates of provincial departments. Speech by Kobus Botha, MPL Shadow MEC for Social Development  “New systems devised to hide ANC failures” Social …


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Budget vote speeches: Safety and Security, Education, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Rural Development, and Agrarian Reform, Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture and Transport

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature by DA Shadow MEC for Safety and Security, Bobby Stevenson MPL, the Education speech was delivered by Bobby Stevenson MPL on behalf of Edmund van Vuuren MPL, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs speech was delivered by Kobus Botha MPL on behalf of Veliswa Mvenya MPL, the Rural Development and Agrarian Reform speech was delivered by Ross Purdon MPL on behalf of Athol Trollip MPL and …


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MEC cannot pass the buck on illegal sand mining on Wild Coast

The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Dedeat) cannot be allowed to pass the buck while one of the Eastern Cape’s most treasured tourism assets is being pillaged by illegal sand mining. These illegal mines – I have been informed that there are at least 170 — are an environmental disaster for Wild Coast tourism, which is celebrated for its natural beauty. In reply Reply to q10 of IQP …


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No investigation by Cogta into R1,5-million ADM funding of boxing tournament

Following a legislature question Reply to question 13 of 2016 to the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Fikile Xasa, it has been revealed that no investigation has been conducted with respect to the alleged irregular expenditure by the Amathole District Municipality (ADM) for an International Boxing Organisation world title fight in October last year. No findings have been made and no disciplinary actions against any municipal official have been taken. Money seems to …


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Legislature at work

MPLs are all in Bhisho this week to continue their oversight of the work done by the various provincial government departments.  Here are (fltr) Bobby Stevenson (finance), Edmund van Vuuren (education) and Ross Purdon (economic development). The provincial budget for 2016-2017 will be tabled in the legislature by Finance and Provincial Planning MEC Sakhumzi Somyo on Friday, 4 March 2016.

Nkonkobe Municipality in need of new strategies to curb unemployment issue

The Democratic Alliance held a successful march against unemployment in Fort Beaufort today. A memorandum was handed over to Acting Municipal Manager, Mr L. Menze, regarding jobs that are given to ANC members only in Nkonkobe Municipality. The unemployment rate according to the Census 2011 in both Nkonkobe and Nxuba Municipalities respectively is above 40%. Municipal related jobs in all 21 wards in Nkonkobe Municipality are allocated mainly to ANC …


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