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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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EC should get first share of Dedisa power

I welcome the fact that the Dedisa power plant, located at the Coega IDZ in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, could come online as early as the third quarter of 2015.  The DA believes that reliable infrastructure which includes power, water, roads and communication networks are needed for our economy to grow and for jobs to be created. Details about Dedisa emerged in response to my question for oral reply …


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ANC MEC defends awarding of ADM toilet contract to Siyenza

Last week (subs:  Wed, 18 March 2015)  in his response to a question for oral reply regarding the awarding of the R631-million contract to build 66 000 toilets in the Amathole district municipality (ADM) by the Siyenza Group, Cooperative Governance MEC Fikile Xasa had the following to say, as per the draft Hansard record.  Reply to Q 6, 18 March 2015  Hansard 18 March 2015 The MEC said that due process had …


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DA joins fight of wrongfully expelled Mthatha pupils

The DA has joined six Grade 11 pupils in their six-month fight-back for their right to an education after they were wrongfully expelled for allegedly arriving at their village school outside Mthatha drunk in September last year. Whether these pupils were guilty of an offence or not, is irrelevant.  They are being denied their right to access education through no fault of their own.  The department of education should be …


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MEC’s response highlights Keiskamma cuttings highway robbery crisis

Truck drivers and motorists using the R72 coastal road in the Keiskamma cuttings are the victims of highway robbers. FOR A SOUND CLIP IN ENGLISH CLICK HERE:  Temp police station must be erected in Keiskamma (English) FOR A SOUND CLIP IN AFRIKAANS CLICK HERE:  Temp police station must be erected in Keiskamma (Afrikaans) FOR INTERVIEWS IN ISIXHOSA PLEASE CONTACT OUR PROVINCIAL CHAIRPERSON, VELISWA MVENYA — 082 418 7916.    The …


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One teacher, one classroom-campaign: Promises of filling of vacant posts not fulfilled

The DA marched to the head office of the Eastern Cape Department of Education today to hand over a petition regarding teacher vacancies at schools in the province.   The shortage of teachers in our Eastern Cape schools is a cause for major anxiety and anger amongst teacher, principals, parents and learners of affected schools.  For more than a year schools have been closed sporadically in a desperate attempt to …


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Failed housing project in Fort Beaufort

On Thursday, February 12, during an oversight visit in the area of Nkonkobe Municipality, I came across a failed multi-million rand housing project while local people are in desperate need of houses. Hundreds of toilet structures stand abandoned in Hillside in Fort Beaufort with no completed RDP houses in sight. During my walkabout and personal interaction with the local residents it became evident that millions was spend in installing water …


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No repairs for dilapidated Queenstown school despite being No. 1 on the priority list

A 70-year-old school building in Queenstown is in such a state of disrepair that it has become common for teachers and pupils to step through the floorboards and for pieces of ceiling to drop onto their heads during class. Despite calls from the community and promises by the Education District office in Queenstown that Louis Rex Primary school was No. 1 on the priority list to be rebuilt, no effort …


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EC cannot afford more scholar transport middle men

Pupils who rely on the state for scholar transport cannot be held hostage by tender-hungry consortiums.  Funds for scholar transport should be used to get our children to school and not to line the pockets of middlemen and tenderpreneurs. This province was bottom of the class in the 2014 matric results.    We must ensure that scholars in the Eastern Cape are given all possible opportunity to get a good education.  …


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Speeches on annual reports: Office of the Premier, EC Legislature, Roads & Public Works and Education

The following speeches will be delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature today (2 December 2014) by members of the DA during the debated on the annual reports of provincial departments. Speech by Edmund van Vuuren, MPL DA spokesperson on Office of the Premier “Resources must be directed to where they have the most impact” OTP underspent on Information Communication Technology District-system within the province must be reviewed to ensure capacity …


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