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Committee report speeches: Economic Development, Environmental Affairs & Tourism and Roads & Public Works

Speech by Ross Purdon, MPL DA Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism “Where has the money gone?” Elundini returns unspent grant Aliwal Spa still not operational Click here for the full speech: Where has the money gone — 15 October 2014 Speech by Vicky Knoetze, MPL DA Shadow MEC for Roads and Public Works “EPWP must be a catalyst for creating real sustainable jobs”  EPWP grant money …


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Trollip’s reinstatement proof that constitutionalism trumps majoritarianism

My reinstatement today and the payment of my salary effectively overturn my suspension of two weeks and a fine of one month’s salary. The statement that I read out today as per the out-of-court settlement is precisely what I offered to do when the Premier first demanded an apology at a legislature sitting on 23 July 2014. At the said sitting I undertook to make a qualified apology. I said: …


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New scholar transport contract must be finalised

Clear timeframes must be spelled out by the Department of Transport for providing scholar transport in the Eastern Cape. We cannot allow another school year to be disrupted where learners are left in the lurch because of inadequate transport. It is high time that we put the learners first and the tenderpreneurs second. The education of our learners cannot be held hostage by vested interests. Details are unclear of the …


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R112m “World Cup Soccer” road fails Alicedale

  A 16km district road, which had been tarred at a cost of R112 million is in such a state of disrepair that residents have been putting up makeshift signs around the potholes and broken verges to warn motorists of the danger. However, according to Roads and Public Works MEC Tandiswa Marawu, the road “has not deteriorated at all” and is “very safe for the public”. A proper road network …


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Increase in civil payments awarded against SAPS in Eastern Cape

A total of 4 534 civil claims, amounting to a massive R1,8 billion (1 861 913 832.49) were made against the South African Police Services (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape over the last three years, with R73, 026 million actually awarded to claimants. There should be no place for unlawful behaviour in the SAPS. A reply to a legislature question I asked the MEC for Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, has revealed that …


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Scholar Transport: Eastern Cape violated constitutional rights of learners

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found that the Eastern Cape Departments of Education and Transport have violated the constitutional right to basic education by failing to provide learners with transport to and from school. The report was compiled following the DA’s complaint last year. Click here:  Lindiwe Mazibuko  We visited the Zweledinga Senior Secondary School in Queenstown and walked over 12 km with learners, who do not …


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DA to lobby for end of costly Sopa tent village

  The DA will be lobbying that all future events at the legislature are held in the Raymond Mhlaba Chamber.  Since 2012, over R10 million has been spent on holding the annual State of the Province Address in an extravagant but unpractical tent village on the legislature grounds, instead of the state-of-the- art chamber which was revamped in 2009 at a cost of R40 million. This is a clear example …


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DA lays complaint with IEC against ANC

The Democratic Alliance has today laid a complaint with the provincial Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) against the ANC for a violation of the code of conduct for elections. This code was signed for the ward 40 by-election on 28 July 2014 by all parties.  For the letter click here: DA letter of complaint to the IEC The DA was prevented by the ANC from holding a public meeting in the …


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Budget vote speeches: Department of Economic Development, Department of Transport, Department of Human Settlements and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture .

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature today by the DA’sShadow MEC for Economic Development, Ross Purdon MPL and Shadow MEC for Human Settlements, Kobus Botha MPLduring the budget vote debates of provincial departments. Speech by Ross Purdon, MPL DA Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism “Creating an environment for investment and jobs” 50% of the procurement budget is to be spent on goods …


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Speaker’s ruling vindicates DA stance

The DA is delighted that the Speaker, Noxolo Kiviet, has ruled that my original question to the Premier relating to funding for the funeral of former President Nelson Mandela be resubmitted as a matter of priority. For the original question, click here: RAP Trollip Question for oral reply For the question as it appeared on the question paper, click here. IQP 3 2014 NEW SESS We are also delighted that …


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