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EC festive season death toll continues to rise

January 24th, 2020

The latest festive season death tolls, released by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula yesterday, are a clear sign that road safety in the Eastern Cape is non-existent. Minister Mbalula announced that, of 1 617 people were killed on South African roads over the past festive season, 242 people lost their lives on Eastern Cape roads, the third highest in the country. This means that, for the third year in a row, …


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The Eastern Cape could lose out on any drought relief funding requested from the National Government, should premier Oscar Mabuyane not extend the provincial disaster declaration by Wednesday next week. I have therefore written to the premier to request that he extend the declaration, as per the Disaster Management Act. See Letter I have done so to prevent the ongoing chaos within the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, which shows that there is no coherent plan in place to deal with the drought. The province has requested R643 million from national government for drought relief and has made R74 million available provincially. Even if the national government provides all the requested funding, there is still a significant shortfall, with organised agriculture estimating the actual relief needed to be closer to R1,8 billion. In terms of the Disaster Management Act, the declaration of a provincial state of disaster lapses three months after it was declared, but it may be extended by the Premier a month at a time, but only if this is done before the original declaration lapses. Section 41 (5) of the Disaster Management Act 2002 reads: “(5) A provincial state of disaster that has been declared in terms of subsection (1) (a) lapses three months after it has been declared: (b) may be terminated by the Premier by notice in the provincial gazette before it lapses in terms of paragraph (a); and (c) may be extended by the Premier by notice in the provincial gazette for one month at a time before it lapses in terms of paragraph (a) or the existing extension is due to expire.” The extension of the declaration is a crucial step in ensuring the province remains eligible for the disaster relief funding from national government that we have applied for. Despite the recent rains, the province is still in the midst of a prolonged drought which has the potential to financially destroy hundreds of farmers, both emerging and commercial. These farmers are looking to the provincial government to support them in their time of need, just as they have supported the economy of the Eastern Cape for decades. Towns and cities are on the verge of collapse as water sources are drying up. With no water these urban settlements will not be able to survive, and we will see mass exoduses of residents and businesses. It is therefore vital that the provincial government does everything in its power to secure drought relief for those affected

January 24th, 2020

The Eastern Cape could lose out on any drought relief funding requested from the National Government, should premier Oscar Mabuyane not extend the provincial disaster declaration by Wednesday next week. I have therefore written to the premier to request that he extend the declaration, as per the Disaster Management Act. Download: Letter I have done so to prevent the ongoing chaos within the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, …


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State-of-the-art Aberdeen police offices unusable

January 23rd, 2020

A multi-million-rand state-of-the-art police building, built in 2016 for South African Police Service admin personnel in Aberdeen, is standing all but empty, because they did not get the basics right. I am determined to fight for a fully resourced police service so that we are able to reduce the climate of fear and give residents of Aberdeen peace of mind. Earlier this week, I conducted an oversight inspection of the …


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We need to do things differently if we want to improve the lives of learners in the province

January 22nd, 2020

Education is a constitutional right, a basic human right, a strategic priority and the best possible vehicle to empower South Africans and develop our country. Quality education is the key to improved quality of life. It empowers individuals to obtain a fulfilling job, contribute to the economy and utilise their talents to the full. For this reason, at the beginning of the new academic year, our public representatives conducted oversight …


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DA calls for full forensic investigation into Jubilee Park Primary construction

January 22nd, 2020

The Democratic Alliance will be calling for a full forensic investigation into the construction of new classrooms and school hall at the Jubilee Park Primary School in Uitenhage. Today I, along with shadow MEC for Public Works, Vicky Knoetze, and shadow MEC for transport, Marshall von Buchenroder, conducted oversight at the school as part of the DA’s School Readiness Programme. What we have seen here today is simply unacceptable! This …


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