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No money for power: EC municipal Eskom debt spirals

August 18th, 2022

The collective debt owed to Eskom by Eastern Cape municipalities is spiralling out of control and is fast approaching the R3 billion mark. Money collected from residents and businesses for electricity that must be paid to Eskom must be ringfenced by municipalities. The failure to do so will result in collapsing electrical infrastructure and hardship to residents and businesses alike. The DA in the Eastern Cape will be writing to …

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Learners abandoned as EC Education Department collapses

August 17th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

It has become abundantly clear that the Eastern Cape Education Department is collapsing and is simply unable to meet the needs of the learners they should be educating. I have written to Premier Oscar Mabuyane, and the DA will be raising our concerns in the Education portfolio committee meeting, to call for immediate steps to be taken to address these shortfalls. During recent school oversight visits across the province, the …

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EC Cabinet reshuffle missed opportunity

August 16th, 2022

Premier Oscar Mabuyane missed the opportunity to make more extensive changes to his cabinet this afternoon, choosing to purge his opponents rather than bring hope to the people of the province. Health and Education are in serious crisis, where a change of leadership desperately needs to occur, yet these posts remain untouched. The newly appointed cabinet members will be under huge pressure to deliver quality services in the run-up to …

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Our children are dying to become men

August 5th, 2022
Sanele Magaqa

Serious interventions are needed to stop the deaths of our children when they embark on their traditional rites of passage into adulthood. A response to an oral question from the DA CoGTA MEC, Xolile Nqatha, revealed that we have lost 11 more lives this winter during the initiation season. Six deaths were recorded from the Mhlontlo Local Municipality, two from KSD Local Municipality, two from Ingquza Local Municipality and one …

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Eastern Cape Premier leaves province powerless

August 4th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

The people and businesses of the Eastern Cape will have to endure the worst of Eskom’s continuous rolling blackouts, as Premier Oscar Mabuyane has made it clear that there is no provincial plan to deal with the loadshedding crisis. Instead of leading the charge to get the province off the Eskom grid, the Premier has thrown his hands up in the air and made it clear that the province has …

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