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EC victims of health negligence punished a second time

July 30th, 2021

The current High Court application by the Department of Health and Provincial Treasury, to drastically reduce payments to medico-legal claimants, is a blatant attack on the claimants’ rights and the rule of law. It is an onslaught on the victims of the Health Department’s negligence, punishing them a second time for the Department’s own failings. Provincial Treasury and Health have approached the High Court in Makhanda in a bid to: …

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Young people remain locked out of sports opportunities as DSRAC cuts school sports funding

July 28th, 2021

Young people remain locked out of sports opportunities in the Eastern Cape, as the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) has drastically cut funding for school sports activities. Our future Olympians are being denied an opportunity to participate because they are not being afforded the opportunity of having access to the best resources – be it nutrition, facilities or resources. In response to a parliamentary question, DSRAC MEC, …

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Nelson Mandela Bay reaffirms its commitment to eradicate corruption

July 27th, 2021
Vicky Knoetze

The actions of DA provincial leader and corruption busting mayor, Nqaba Bhanga, in tackling irregularities in the governance of Nelson Mandela Bay show residents that he is committed to cleaning out the rot. This was revealed at Mayor Bhanga’s press conference today, which details the steps taken to deal with the rot in Nelson Mandela Bay. This is the difference between the Democratic Alliance, and the African National Congress. The …

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New Health Superintendent General can’t save sinking ship

July 22nd, 2021

The Democratic Alliance notes Dr Rolene Wagner’s appointment as the new Superintendent General of the beleaguered Eastern Cape Department of Health. She is suitably qualified for the position and brings a wealth of medical and administrative experience, from both the public and private sectors. However, we are under no illusions as to the enormity of the challenges she will face in her new role, and without strong political backing to …

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RDP housing: Delays and rectifications draining Human Settlements coffers dry

July 22nd, 2021
Sanele Magaqa

Project delays and the need to fix the shoddy workmanship of careless cadre contractors are placing a huge strain on the dwindling financial reserves of the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements. The Department should be instigating legal action against non-performing contractors so that they pay back the money. These contractors are stealing the roofs from over the heads of homeless people. Instead, despite shocking deliverables, the Human Settlements Department …

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