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Eastern Cape children must learn in the streets, even though funding is available for ECD centres

March 11th, 2020

Children are running around in the streets while the Department of Social Development is actively blocking people from starting up ECD centres, even though funding is available. ECD centres are critical for our learners entering the foundation phase. Without this their future opportunities are stunted. In response to a parliamentary question, , Social Development MEC Siphokazi Mani-Lusithi, said only 53 743 children of the 925 900 children in the province …


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Education MEC has no idea what his department is doing

March 11th, 2020

At the heart of a capable state is a government that is aware of the quality of services they produce, alive to the needs of their citizens and responsive to the issues that they face. Any government that fails in this respect will never be capable to deliver on its mandate. The Eastern Cape Education MEC, Fundile Gade, clearly has no idea what his Department is doing, nor does he …


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Full steam ahead for EC Gravy Train, despite fiscal cliff

March 5th, 2020

The tabling of the Appropriation Bill in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature today made it abundantly clear that its full steam ahead for the Eastern Cape Gravy Train, even if the tracks are heading straight over the fiscal cliff. South Africa’s economy is in recession, with the weakest annual growth rate since the global financial crisis. The Eastern Cape is haemorrhaging jobs, with the highest unemployment rate in the country. …


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Kobus Botha sworn in as newest Eastern Cape Legislature member

March 5th, 2020

The Democratic Alliance Legislature team welcomes Kobus Botha, who was officially sworn in as a DA member of the sixth term of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature this afternoon, 5 March 2020.     Kobus previously served as a member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature during the fifth term, and returns to the position of MPL, having served as a councillor in Nelson Mandela Bay since the 2019 elections, …


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Preparations for Coronavirus must be prioritised

March 5th, 2020

The Eastern Cape is ill prepared to deal with a potential Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, and drastic steps need to be taken to prevent the virus from running rampant through the province. Yesterday, 4 March 2020, the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature was informed that the province’s hospitals do not have sufficient capacity in terms of isolation wards and ventilation facilities. Today the first official case of Covid-19 in South Africa has …


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