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Health Dept. paralyses Livingstone Hospital theatre operations

March 28th, 2023

Patients waiting for life-saving orthopaedic surgeries at Livingstone Hospital have now been told by their doctors to call President Cyril Ramaphosa, because their hands are tied and cannot operate because there are no implants or surgical supplies available. This is a humanitarian crisis. Patients with broken bones, lying in agony, are being told to ask the president for help because the Department entrusted with their care cannot fulfil its basic …

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DA reports life-threatening N10 pothole road to SANRAL

March 23rd, 2023

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has reported the notorious N10 “pothole” road to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL). As the volume of vehicles, particularly trucks used to transport manganese, has increased, this national road has become a death trap. The road surface has deteriorated and is riddled with potholes, forcing drivers to swerve into oncoming traffic or risk catastrophic vehicle damage. Roads are to the province’s economy what …

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Homeless people still left destitute at the hands of government

March 17th, 2023

Homeless people in the Eastern Cape have been on the increase as the uncaring ANC government keeps on turning its back on people living on the streets of our towns and metros. Their attitude to homelessness is summed up by the words of COGTA MEC, Zolile Williams, “not applicable.” Living on the streets is a challenge, especially in winter. Individuals struggle to get food, stay warm and dry. Sadly, this …

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Education MEC must account to Portfolio Committee on Pit Latrines at schools

March 16th, 2023

Eastern Cape Education MEC, Fundile Gade, must be called to account on his Department’s repeated failures to address death trap pit latrines at schools. How many more innocent lives must we lose before the MEC starts holding his officials accountable and starts taking action? Parents cannot be tortured by the nightmare of having to lose a child in this horrific way. The death of four-year-old Langalam Viki, who died in …

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Cadre Deployment thriving but killing Buffalo City

March 15th, 2023
Vicky Knoetze

Former Executive Mayor Xola Pakati’s revelation that Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality’s (BCM) new municipal manager (MM), Mxolisi Yawa, was appointed at the behest of the ANC once again highlights how rife cadre deployment is in the Eastern Cape. Ironically, by trying to hang onto his job through implementing cadre deployment, he has inadvertently hung himself. By assisting with the deployment of cadres who clearly cannot deliver services to key positions …

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