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All of the posts relating to the insights of members of the Democratic Alliance, Eastern Cape Legislature Caucus.

Unemployment crisis continues to deepen in Eastern Cape

It is clear that Premier Oscar Mabuyane has no solution to combat the rising unemployment in the Eastern Cape, which is robbing the food off the tables of the people. This after the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Stats SA today, showed that unemployment in the province continued to rise, with the third quarter up by 1.1%, from 35.4% to 36.5%. The Eastern Cape continues to have the highest …


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Eastern Cape unemployment bloodbath continues

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Stats SA last month, shows how the Eastern Cape economy is continuing to fail, along with the job’s bloodbath. This means thousands of families across the province will struggle to put food on the table, pay for medication and schooling for their loved ones. The fight to just survive in the Eastern Cape is getting harder. The third quarter statistics show the Eastern …


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More must be done to combat rhino poaching

The scourge of rhino poaching in the Eastern Cape is getting worse, with an estimated 100 rhinos poached in the province over the last eight years. The recent senseless slaughter of two critically endangered black rhinoceros at the Great Fish River Nature Reserve has brought the number of rhinos poached in the Eastern Cape to 15 this year, up from 12 killed by poachers last year. These poachers are not …


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Blatchford is so far left, he left out the facts

In his letter, DA trips on its own sword (Saturday Dispatch: 1 September) Mr Mathew Blatchford states that very little has been accomplished by the ‘Trollip gang’, but he fails to substantiate his fantasies.  Blatchford is so far left, he left out the facts. Just two years in, and the DA-led government in Nelson Mandel Bay has made a huge difference, having achieved numerous successes including: The City is now …


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Democratic Alliance wishes the Southern Kings well as they embark on new Pro14 season

The Democratic Alliance would like to take the opportunity to wish the Isuzu Southern Kings all the best for their upcoming GUINNESS PRO14 Championship season, which kicks off in Parma Italy on Friday against the Zebre Rugby club. We would also like to congratulate the team on the securing of a title sponsor in Isuzu Motors South Africa, and the announcement of an equity partner purchasing a 51% share in …


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Letter to the editor: EMS deserve better: Daily Dispatch

The DA is deeply disturbed to read (Daily Dispatch: 14 06 18) that Paramedics and EMS staff are suffering and unprotected. Our Paramedics and EMS staff suffer firstly because they not safe at work and secondly because they are not accompanied by Security Guards despite the dangerous nature of their work. Thirdly complaints from EMS staff include delays in the payment of overtime work and dangerous working conditions in which, for example, …


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Letter to the Editor: By-election results show voters are hungry for change

Dear editor By-election results show voters are hungry for change The article ‘ANC, DA certain BCM wards after poll’, (DD, 8 June) refers: The results of this week’s by-elections in the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) and Ingquza Hill Local Municipality confirms that the DA is on a solid growth path. The Democratic Alliance (DA) grew from 88% to 96.01% in the ward 18 by-election in BCM, and from 6.24% to …


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Slow EC provincial payments is still a silent killer for small businesses

The slow payment to suppliers of the Eastern Cape government continues to silently kill small businesses. Despite all interventions, the province is still struggling to make payments on time. Although some improvement has been made, it is simply not good enough. In the reply to a legislature question that I asked the former MEC of Finance, Sakhumzi Somyo, in April 2018, a total of 5 503 businesses in the Eastern …


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MEC must clarify Breidbach housing tender to company with sequestrated directors

Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August must clarify why a housing project for Breidbach was awarded to a company whose directors had been placed under sequestration. On Thursday, it was reported in the media that the department had acquired 163 sites from the Buffalo City Metro on which to build RDP houses in Breidbach. Does this form part of the deal with DCI Holdings? This community, just outside King William’s Town, …


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Need 24-hour-a-day policing for our roads

THE DA is saddened by the high spate of accidents and fatalities on Eastern Cape roads last weekend. Our heartfelt condolences go to the families and loved ones of those who have passed away. As shadow MEC for transport in the Eastern Cape, I have long advocated the employment of traffic law enforcement that operates 24 hours a day. The DA believes that the lack of visible law enforcement is …


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