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EC cannot give input on the national adjustments budget today

November 21st, 2022

The Eastern Cape will not have a voice in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) today, where the National Adjustments Budget is being discussed, due to the abysmal turnout at the public hearings last week Friday. The only stakeholder to join the public hearing on the 2022 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill and give input was Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, DA councillor Retief Odendaal. Once the adjustments budget is …

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Public stranded as trains grind to a halt across EC

November 18th, 2022

Shocking revelations by transport MEC Nqatha have revealed that Metrorail services have not been operational across the province since August this year. These rail services are crucial to the public, providing much-needed transportation to and from work and a cheaper commute for our poorer communities. MEC Nqatha, in response to a parliamentary question, revealed that Metrorail services to East London have been non-operational since 15 August 2022 and that services …

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Why is MEC protecting defaulting ECDC tenants

November 17th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

Serious questions need to be asked of Department for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) MEC, Mlungisi Mvoko, who refuses to reveal details of tenants that owe his Department millions in unpaid rent. In response to a parliamentary question relating to properties owned and operated by the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), which falls under his Department, MEC Mvoko revealed that rental billing for the second quarter of the …

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Expansion of Amatola Water recipe for disaster

November 16th, 2022
Vicky Knoetze

Serious questions must be asked of the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, who has given notice of his intent to expand the geographic area of the Amatola Water Board to cover the entire Eastern Cape. Minister Mchunu published his intention in a government gazette earlier this week, calling for comments within the next 60 days. Download gazette Appointing the Amatola Water Board to service the entire Eastern Cape …

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EC school children still exposed to life-threatening asbestos

November 15th, 2022
Edmund van Vuuren

Tens of thousands of learners at 1 075 schools in the Eastern Cape are at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases because the Education Department has still not done anything to remove the carcinogenic asbestos from schools. Education MEC Fundile Gade admits that asbestos can cause diseases such as asbestosis and asbestos-related cancer, but the Department is dragging its heels on eradicating it from schools. In response to a parliamentary question, …

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