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THE Eastern Cape administration hopes to announce a fresh approach to the eradication of mud-built schools next month, Premier Noxolo Kiviet said. However, the DA’s Bobby Stevenson says the Kiviet had not raised any of the key issues in the  province durng her State of the Province Address on Friday.  Read the full story in the The Herald.

THE Eastern Cape Government has received only R68-million of the R1,3-billion originally requested from national government for urgently needed drought relief. The drought has reached critical levels in large parts of the province, yet Local Government and Traditional Affairs MEC Sicelo Gqobana said national treasury had initially asked the province to reduce the amount requested. The province had re-applied for R980-million – but just R68-million of this was provided.  Read …


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EASTERN Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet delivers her state of the province address today – and at the back of her mind will be the fact that her administration is going to have to do more with less in the next financial year from April 1. Commenting on what Kiviet might say, DA caucus leader Bobby Stevenson said the Eastern Cape was “at a crossroads” when it came to service delivery, …


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THE Eastern Cape Housing Department “dumped” R75-million into the trust account of the Nelson Mandela Bay housing directorate at the end of the last financial year to avoid having to return the money to the national Treasury. Commenting on the disclosure, DA provincial finance spokesman Bobby Stevenson said:  “This in itself is outrageous because the poor do not get the houses they deserve. However, the magnitude of this inhumanity is compounded …


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POLITICAL parties in the province all expect a Budget biased towards the poor, the sick and the youth – and all want to see the money spent wisely. Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson Pine Pienaar said: “My prediction is that Education will receive more money, especially considering the dismal performance relating to the matric pass rate for the Eastern Cape.”  Read the full story in the Daily Dispatch.