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SOME streets in Zwelitsha outside East London resembled a sea of blue when hundreds of protesting DA members marched to the provincial education department headquarters yesterday to demand more teachers be placed in provincial schools. The DA march attended by an estimated 300 people, most of them clad in blue T-shirts, was a culmination of the party’s ‘One teacher, One classroom’ campaign, which saw more than 3 000 signatories calling …


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OPPOSITION parties have lashed out at the government for hiking income tax, saying it should rather cut the bloated administration and effect strict cost-containment measures. In his budget speech yesterday, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene dealt a blow to high-income earners with significant increases in income tax. COPE president Mosiuoa Lekota said the party was against tax increases in the constrained economic climate. “Money in people’s pockets is what makes an …


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Energy crisis and Nooitgedacht water scheme major concerns THE Eastern Cape will be holding thumbs that it gets its fair share of the budget pie. Widely regarded as the poorest province in the country, the Eastern Cape will this afternoon listen with interest as Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivers his first budget speech. Provincial DA finance spokesman Bobby Stevenson is hoping Nene will make an announcement in regard to the …


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THE province’s official opposition party, the DA, yesterday raised concern that irregular expenditure by various government departments had increased by 40% over the past three years. According to auditor-general (AG) Kimi Makwetu’s latest report on finances of provincial departments and parastatals, irregular expenditure has increased from R1.75-billion in the 2011-12 financial year to R2.18-billion in 2012-13 to R2.45-billion in 2013-14. During a legislature sitting yesterday, where the standing committee on …


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IT is no secret that the ANC is on the verge of losing the metro to the DA in next year’s local government elections unless something drastic happens to turn the wheel around. It also does not help the ANC’s cause to retain the metro when it is competing against competent DA leaders such as the DA chief whip in Bhisho, Bobby Stevenson. The DA, despite all its flaws – …


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