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Eastern Cape becomes jobs slaughterhouse of SA

September 29th, 2020

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey statistics, released today, show the devastating impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the economy of the Eastern Cape. Although the provincial unemployment figure has improved slightly, from 40.5% to 36.9%, these figures have been skewed, as Stats SA excludes those who have given up looking for work from the official unemployment rate. It is the expanded unemployment rate that shows the true …

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Scholar Transport still not finalized for the 2020 academic year

September 25th, 2020

Learners have been back at school for almost a month and the Eastern Cape Department of Transport is still in the process of finalizing contracts for scholar transport operators. I am calling on the Eastern Cape MEC of Transport yet again to take immediate steps to rectify the ongoing issues with Scholar Transport or hand the programme over to the Eastern Cape Education Department, which is better suited to identify …

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EC Premier’s Broadband Project blown through R606 million

September 18th, 2020

Serious questions need to be asked about whether Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s Broadband Project is delivering value for money to Eastern Cape departments. In response to a parliamentary question, Premier Mabuyane confirmed that, to date, four sites have been connected to broadband infrastructure. The project has already cost taxpayers in excess of R606 million over the last three financial years, with a further R277 million budgeted for the current 2020/21 financial …

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Health MEC, HOD must account for Scootergate

September 17th, 2020

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the news that Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba and Head of Department, Superintendent General Thobile Mbengashe, will be called before the Special Tribunal tomorrow to answer for the Scootergate scandal. This R10 million contract has been plagued with irregularities, with those responsible ducking and diving and changing their tune from the moment the first video of the MEC parading up and down the East London esplanade on …

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Ugie school suffers while Department blows infrastructure budget on overpriced PPE

September 16th, 2020

The Ugie based ET Thabane Primary School is, quite literally, falling apart at the seams, but its cries for help over the past seven years have fallen on deaf ears, with the Eastern Cape Department of Education simply ignoring their plight. Instead, the Department has spent over R578 million of its infrastructure budget for the current year, purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at highly inflated prices from connected cadres, paying …

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