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DA wishes Eastern Cape Matrics well ahead of their finals

October 19th, 2018

The Democratic Alliance extends its best wishes to the estimated 105,189 Grade 12 pupils from the Eastern Cape that have been registered as candidates for the National Senior Certificate, and who will be writing their matric final exams from Monday., 22 October 2018. Education is the foundation that enables you to grow as an individual and make a difference in the world. Your determination to get a quality education is …


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Draconian LGBTI learner database leaves them open to abuse

October 18th, 2018

The Democratic Alliance is outraged at the thought that the Department of Education wants to create a draconian database of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) learners. In an email sent to schools around the province, the Special Programmes Unit Head Office instructed schools to provide them with a list of all LGBTI learners from their schools by close of business the same day. The email claims that the …


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Frere Hospital staff shortages impacting on patient’s dignity

October 18th, 2018

A heartbreaking revelation by a patient at Frere Hospital has revealed how patients have been told they may only relieve themselves three times a day, after meals, and that if they need to urinate at any other time of the day, they may not receive assistance. In a plea on social media last week, Sinethemba Joya, 29, who has been hospitalised after a taxi accident, posted how she had to …


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Eastern Cape’s public hospitals fail at safety

October 16th, 2018

There is not a single public hospital in the Eastern Cape that has been inspected for safety, that has been deemed safe for patients and health care workers. This was revealed by the MEC for Health Helen Sauls-August in a written reply to a parliamentary question. According to Sauls-August, none of the health facilities inspected by her department were found to be compliant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, …


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DA calls on EC Provincial Commissioner to account to the Legislature on Crime Stats

October 15th, 2018

On Thursday last week, I moved a motion in the Provincial Legislature on the latest Eastern Cape crime statistics. The motion directs that the Provincial Commissioner should annually brief the Legislature on the yearly crime statistics. SEE: Honourable Stevenson – Motion relating to annual crime stats This practice has successfully been adopted in the Western Cape.  In September I attended a sitting of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, where the …


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