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Qunu City project scrapped after millions spent on consultants

November 9th, 2018
Sanele Magaqa

The dream that the peaceful village of Qunu, the home of Nelson Mandela, would be developed into a state-of-the-art city, has been scrapped, five years after the initiation of the project that has cost the tax payers tens of millions, with nothing to show for it. This is money that could have been spent on addressing the massive housing backlog and building houses for the poor! Initiated in 2012 by …

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Millions wasted on food, consultants while service delivery stalls

November 8th, 2018

At a time when the economy is in a technical recession, government spending should be geared towards service delivery and job creation. However, a review of the Eastern Cape Government Departments annual reports for the 2017/18 financial year shows that at least R1,4 billion is being spent on non-core business such as catering, consultants, transport and accommodation. On many occasions the province has committed itself to belt tightening exercises and …

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Traffic officers lives not a concern to Department

November 7th, 2018

The Department of Transport has made it clear that the safety of traffic officers in the Eastern Cape is not a primary concern, having last issued bullet proof vests to officers over eight years ago. At a time when law enforcement officers are being targeted and brutally gunned down by criminal elements, it is simply unacceptable that traffic officials have had to risk their lives on a daily basis without …

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Health plays Russian Roulette with people’s lives as it ignores EMS

November 6th, 2018

The Department of Health is playing Russian Roulette with the lives of over six million people in the province, as it continues to ignore the plight of the Emergency Medical Services sector. People in crisis, who need urgent medical attention, are at times forced to wait for hours, because half of the already severely under-resourced ambulance service is stuck in a hopelessly cumbersome fleet management repair system. This crisis has …

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Delays in the issuing of matric certificates stealing former learner’s futures

November 6th, 2018
Shadow MEC for Education, Edmund Van Vuuren

Hundreds of learners who matriculated as far back as 2015 are stuck in limbo, being denied opportunities to further their education or seek work, because they are still waiting for their National Senior Certificates (NSC). While thousands of learners are in the midst of writing this year’s matric exams, 550 Eastern Cape learners are still waiting to receive their certificates. In response to a parliamentary question, acting MEC for Education, …

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