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THE Eastern Cape education department will reimburse about R30million to former Model C schools for hiring teachers in state jobs. This was announced by MEC Mandla Makupula to parliamentary questions asked by DA shadow MEC for education Edmund van Vuuren. Makupula said the payment would be made to 31 schools who claimed the money. “In this financial year, the department has received claims from schools that require reimbursement of a …


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TRADITIONAL leaders, a political leader and lawyer have backed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo in his stand against President Jacob Zuma’s plan to remove him from his hereditary kingship. The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) accused Zuma of interfering in the issues of the AbaThembu nation, declaring that the organisation would “fight hard for the king” and vowed they would not allow the dethronement of Dalindyebo. “We will …


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FLYING in the face of calls by the National Treasury for tighter money controls and austerity measures, the Eastern Cape government spent R429.5-million on accommodation and travel in the past financial year, the highest figure for this among all provinces. Delivering a speech during the budget vote debate of the Provincial Planning and Treasury Department yesterday, DA MPL Bobby Stevenson said core business had to be prioritised over consumption. “When …


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A war of words erupted yesterday between DA provincial leader Athol Trollip and premier Phumulo Masualle in the Bhisho legislature following a ruling by speaker Noxolo Kiviet. Kiviet ruled that Trollip’s questions to Masualle on spending for Nelsonn Mandela’s funeral and memorials shuold be resubmitte for the next question session where they could be answered. Earlier this month, Trollip raised a point of order after he found that his questions …


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THE police flying squad in East London has no vehicles and the 10111 call centre is not operational, MEC for safety liaison Weziwe Tikana revealed in the Bhisho legislature yesterday. Tikana was responding to parliamentary questions by the DA’s MPL Bobby Stevenson. Tikana said the East London flying squad was supposed to have two vehicles but has none while Port Elizabeth has seven operational vehicles. She attributed the shortage to …


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