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Urgent intervention needed as municipalities start pushing through unrealistic budgets

May 28th, 2020

Urgent intervention is needed as Eastern Cape municipalities begin pushing unrealistic budgets through their councils, with rates and tariff increases far above inflation. This comes at a time when ratepayers and consumers are under immense financial pressure, due to the extended lockdown measures imposed on them by national government. If municipalities insist on trying to squeeze blood out of a stone, they are going to face a significant backlash and …


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Race-based leasing policy possible smokescreen for tenders to the politically connected

May 27th, 2020

The race-based policy for office leases, announced by the MEC of Public Works, Babalo Madikizela, during the tabling of his department’s budget in the EC legislature yesterday, is unconstitutional and possibly nothing more than a smokescreen to enrich politically connected individuals. The Democratic Alliance agrees that the province should give preference to Eastern Cape owned, managed and controlled landlords, in order to benefit the economy of the province. The DA …


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Livestreaming of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature House Sittings

May 27th, 2020

I welcome the fact that the first legislature House Sitting was livestreamed on Tuesday the 26th May 2020, on YouTube and Facebook. as this is something that I have been campaigning for, for over a year. The sitting was not without technical glitches. This has been a learning curve for the Legislature, and work must also go towards improving the quality of the streaming. The live streaming of the Eastern …


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Disaster Volunteers could soon be tackling queues of death across Eastern Cape

May 26th, 2020

The use of disaster management volunteers to assist with implementing social distancing amidst the current queues of death, could soon be a reality, after a motion tabled by the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature was accepted. Today I tabled a motion with notice, during a virtual sitting of the Provincial Legislature, wherein I requested that the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) engage with municipalities …


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Claim payouts by Eastern Cape police skyrocket to R63 million, most cases still pending

May 26th, 2020

Claims against the Eastern Cape Police Service have skryrocketed, with over R62,8-million paid out in the first ten months of the 2019/2020 financial year, which is already R17 million more than the year before. These payouts are for just 658 claims that have been finalized. There are still 8,216 claims pending against the EC SAPS. Even more concerning is that these claims could escalate exponentially, based on reports of heavy-handed …


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