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MEC Williams misses golden opportunity to serve Nelson Mandela Bay

New COGTA MEC, Zolile Williams, has missed a golden opportunity to serve the people of Nelson Mandela Bay and bring stability back to the Metro, by choosing to put the interests of his party over those of the people. Instead of lambasting his own party councillors for their abhorrent behaviour on the day, the new COGTA MEC chose to classify a democratic process as “worrisome”. What appears to be worrisome …


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No money for power: EC municipal Eskom debt spirals

The collective debt owed to Eskom by Eastern Cape municipalities is spiralling out of control and is fast approaching the R3 billion mark. Money collected from residents and businesses for electricity that must be paid to Eskom must be ringfenced by municipalities. The failure to do so will result in collapsing electrical infrastructure and hardship to residents and businesses alike. The DA in the Eastern Cape will be writing to …


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Eastern Cape residents losing their dignity as local government collapses

The DA has seen first-hand how residents of the Eastern Cape have had their dignity stripped away from them by the wanton abuse of power and maladministration of local government. For the past two weeks myself and Shadow MEC for Finance, Retief Odendaal, have been visiting Eastern Cape local municipalities that have been identified as being in distress during a recent presentation to the National Portfolio Committee of Cooperative Governance …


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Dr Beyers Naude municipality goes rogue, calls for an illegal ‘tools down’ strike

The DA is calling for an urgent special council meeting to elect a new mayor and whip of council and deal with the unlawful budget so that the Dr Beyers Naude Municipality (DBNM) can stabilise after municipal officials, including the municipal manager, have allegedly called for an illegal “tools down” strike. This rogue municipality has not just broken the law, it is now defying the law! The open defiance of …


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DA spurs EC Legislature to act on water crisis

A motion brought by the Democratic Alliance calling for the implementation of a Water Security Master Plan for each Eastern Cape Municipality has spurred the EC Legislature to act on the water crisis. The Kouga Local Municipality and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipalities have already started running out of water. This is disastrous as households, businesses, schools and hospitals will be left to function without water and sanitation, which will …


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DA seeking solutions to assist distressed EC municipalities

Vicky Knoetze

Democratic Alliance Members of the Provincial Legislature will be embarking on a targeted oversight of distressed municipalities in the Eastern Cape to get first-hand accounts of these municipalities’ challenges. Using the information gathered from these oversights and working closely with the DA councillors in these municipalities, we will identify key turnaround strategies that could be implemented to bring stability. We will also develop tailor-made support and focus initiatives for each …


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DA welcomes provincial intervention in three municipalities

Vicky Knoetze

The Democratic Alliance welcomes that as part of the Report of the Portfolio Committee of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs today, the committee recommended that a section 106 intervention be implemented in the Inxuba Yethemba, Engcobo and Enoch Mgijima Local Municipalities on the basis that widespread fraud, corruption, and maladministration is suspected in these municipalities. In terms of a section 106 intervention, the MEC may designate a person/s to investigate …


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Widespread contamination of freshwater sources in the Eastern Cape

The provincial government has failed to hold local municipalities, which are guilty of contaminating freshwater sources with raw sewage, to account. It has become abundantly clear that the ANC leadership in this province will rather do nothing, while the people they serve are placed directly in harm’s way through contaminated water sources, than act against their own incompetent cadres. Responses to written questions from the Democratic Alliance COGTA MEC, Xolile …


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EC Provincial Disaster Management is itself in a state of disaster

Vicky Knoetze

The current state of disaster in Kwazulu-Natal has prompted the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape to assess the disaster readiness of the province, specifically in terms of the Provincial Disaster Management Centre and the municipal disaster management centres. In response to written questions by the Democratic Alliance, shocking revelations have been made by the MEC of COGTA, Xolile Nqatha. Only 41% of the fire engine fleet in the province …


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No intervention, despite broke Amahlati Municipality blowing insurance pay-outs on salaries

Provincial Government will not intervene in the affairs of the cash-strapped Amahlati Local Municipality, despite the municipality blowing R41 million in insurance pay-outs, meant to replace destroyed municipal infrastructure, on salaries. The municipality is in dire financial distress and is on the brink of collapse, having once again run out of money to the extent that it will not be able to pay salaries for May or June. This is …


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