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Urgent investigation into procurement of temporary structures needed

Sanele Magaqa

The Democratic Alliance is calling for an urgent investigation into the procurement of temporary structures by the Department of Human Settlements in the Eastern Cape. These temporary structures were procured through deviation and without a competitive bidding process This was revealed in a response to a parliamentary question from the DA to MEC of Human Settlements, Nonkqubela Pieters. In the response MEC Pieters said 15 suppliers had been appointed through …


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Millions wasted on rectification of houses already built

Sanele Magaqa

The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements is spending millions on fixing sub-standard houses built by contractors that clearly should not be doing business with the State. In his state of the province address at the beginning of the year, Premier Oscar Mabuyane made it clear that the Department should not be paying contractors to fix newly built houses. This message does not seem to have been received by the …


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Speech Notes: Human Settlements Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

Sanele Magaqa

Honourable Speaker This budget debate takes place when our province is engulfed with the Covid 19 Pandemic, like the rest of the country. Our province is peculiar because we are amongst the rural provinces in our country. The Covid 19 pandemic has exposed the need for decent houses especially amongst the poor in the province. The budget for human settlements in the province has been declining for a number of …


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Speech notes: Reaction to SOPA 2020 by Sanele Magaqa, MPL

Sanele Magaqa

Integrated human settlements and the failure to provide basic services The Hon Speaker The Hon Premier Members of the House The people in the Eastern Cape waited with full of hope and anticipation to listen to the Premier to deliver his state of the province address. They did this because they believed that the Premier will provide tangible solutions in the gloomy economic situation and hardships they feel. They did …


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Florida Heights Housing Project raises red flags

Sanele Magaqa

The Florida Heights Housing Project in Nelson Mandela Bay raises a number of red flags, and the Democratic Alliance will be keeping a close watch on the development. The November 25th letter from former Mayor Mongameli Bobani which was sent to the developer, William Charles of Sakhisizwe Renewable Energy, committed the municipality to immediately pay R36,4 million of the R100 million set aside for the project. The letter states: “The …


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CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS ON OVERSIGHT VISITS TO HOUSING PROJECTS AROUND CHRIS HANI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Sanele Magaqa

Integrated Human Settlements a cornerstone for provision of decent housing Honorable Speaker The Premier and Members of the Executive Leaders of Political Parties Members of the House Traditional leaders present and the entire members of the community in Chris Hani District Municipality. We are here to consider the report of the Portfolio Committee for Human Settlements based on the visit of the committee to Enoch Mgijima and surrounding areas. We …


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SPEECH NOTES: CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE AND TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS ON OVERSIGHT VISITS TO MUNICIPALITIES AROUND CHRIS HANI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Sanele Magaqa

Enoch Mgijima is in distress and is collapsing under the pressure of maladministration Service Delivery is has deteriorated in this municipality. Maladministration has resulted in the municipality being in complete financial and governance distress. Enoch Mgijima Municipality must be dissolved. Honourable speaker, honourable premier, honourable members and guests, good afternoon. Honourable speaker, lets start with the most urgent problem that is faced by this municipality as we speak. Every person …


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SPEECH NOTES: CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION ON OVERSIGHT VISITS TO SCHOOLS AROUND CHRIS DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Sanele Magaqa

Honourable Speaker, members of the executive, members of this house, delegates, officials, members of the public, I humbly greet you. One of the key roles of a legislature is that of oversight. In the oversight model of the South African Legislative Sector, and I quote “it is necessary to identify the key elements of legislative oversight, that is, the evaluation of the efficacy of Public Service programmes and the appropriateness …


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Grave error to cost Nelson Mandela Bay R24-million, for starters

Sanele Magaqa

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will have to fork out R24-million from its Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) for the re-planning of Soweto on Sea. This follows the shocking revelation that some houses in the area were built on top of burial sites and that the houses built are of appalling quality. The MEC for Human Settlements, Nonkqubela Pieters, has said in a parliamentary response that once the re-planning has …


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Question papers: First session 6th Legislature

Click on the appropriate link below to download the official question papers submitted to the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature during the first session of the 6th legislature. IQP 1 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 2 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 3 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 4 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 5 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 6 ORAL 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP …


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