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No relief for Butterworth residents despite Sopa promises to desilt dams

    Residents of Butterworth continue to face a daily struggle for water, despite promises by Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle in his State of the Province Address (Sopa) in February of a budget allocation of R1-billion for the province for drought mitigation – which included the drilling of additional boreholes and desilting of dams.   For the speech extract click here Premier Phumulo Masualle Sopa 2017 speech extract The area’s Gcuwa- …


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DA escalates petition to have Nieu-Bethesda road tarred

The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape received a petition from residents of Nieu-Bethesda regarding the condition of the provincial road leading into the town.  This week I submitted the petition to the Petitions Committee of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature for investigation. The tourist town of Nieu-Bethesda in the Dr Beyers Naude Municipality is only accessible by way of two provincial dirt roads. The primary road, from the N9, …


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Budget vote speeches: Office of the Premier, Health & Roads and Public Works

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature DA MPL Edmund van Vuuren, Shadow MEC for Health Celeste Barker MPL, Shadow MEC for Roads and Public Works, Vicky Knoetze MPL during the budget vote debates of provincial departments. Speech by Edmund van Vuuren, MPL Committee Member: Office of the Premier “The Office of the Premier is not setting a good example regarding the filling of posts and the subsequent assessments” Functionality of schools …


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Mayibuye Transport Corporation tender manipulation is a travesty

It was reported in the media today  that an R81-million rand tender to supply Mayibuye Transport Corporation with buses was awarded to a firm that did not meet the requirements and was registered months before the contract was awarded. When the story of this tender manipulation first emerged on 23 January 2016, I tabled a question for written reply to the MEC of Transport. Question 416, IQP 49 It is …


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Reply by Ross Purdon, Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

Hon Speaker Hon Premier Hon Members All our guests in the gallery Good afternoon to you all. Our province and our country are in deep economic trouble. We are like a patient in intensive care in hospital.  Patients in intensive care need the best people, the best facilities and the best treatment methods in order to survive. It is common knowledge as to the reasons why we are so sick …


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Reply by Athol Trollip, Leader of the official opposition to the State of the Province Address

Hon. Speaker I said on Friday that the Premier’s SoPA was more reflective than forward looking and this was echoed later by the Nelson Mandela Business Chamber. Reflection is important in such an address but vision casting is more important, especially in times of economic hardship compounded by joblessness and a record drought. Having listened very carefully to what you said last week and reread your 2015 SoPA I realized …


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Speech notes: SOPA debate

Speech notes by Bobby Stevenson, Shadow MEC for Safety and Security speaking on the Debate of the State of the Province Address. “Use technology to fight crime” The Honourable Premier stated “We are reasonably satisfied with the progress we are making in the fight against crime.” There are many residents in this province who would disagree with that statement. Whatever the crime statistics might show, the level of crime, particularly of …


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Taking Legislature to the People

The annual Taking Legislature to the People is being held in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) from 20-23 October, at the Missionvale Campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.   Below is the speech delivered by Bobby Stevenson, Shadow MEC for Safety, speaking on the report for Safety in NMBM. Everyone wants to live in a community where our families can feel safe and secure. But in fact, 80, …


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Threat to annual National Arts Festival as Grahamstown Foundation coffers run dry

The Grahamstown Foundation, which is home to the annual National Arts Festival, is facing a financial catastrophe and its backup coffers have run dry. We need to do everything we can to save this iconic Eastern Cape institution, and its significant contribution to arts and culture, including the National Arts Festival, the National Science Festival (Scifest Africa), the National Schools Festival of the Arts and Creativity, the Eastern Cape Eisteddfod, …


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EC pays out massive R504-million in court battles

The Eastern Cape government paid out R504-million over the last three financial years for court litigation and settlements. VOICE CLIP IN ENGLISH:  Voice clip-English VOICE CLIP IN AFRIKAANS:  Voice clip-Afrikaans The Eastern Cape government paid out a massive R504-million over the last three financial years for court litigation and settlements.  R296-million was paid out for litigation and a further R208-million for settlements. This is such a massive waste of public …


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