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Eastern Cape crime stats show police are losing the war in a brutal, violent society

September 12th, 2019

The latest Eastern Cape crime statistics highlight what a brutal and violent society we are living in, where we are haunted by the fear of the criminal element and our general feeling of the lack of safety. We are losing our moral values and basic humanity. There is no longer respect for human life, with people engaging in senseless and brutal crimes. Criminals clearly no longer fear being caught. We …

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R198 million municipal electricity debt placing industry at risk in Enoch Mgijima Municipality

September 10th, 2019

The Enoch Mgijima Municipality owes Eskom over R198 million in debt and has been unable to maintain a payment arrangement entered into with the State-Owned Utility in November last year, as its debt has escalated. Keeping the power on is critical to keeping people in jobs. The Democratic Alliance is fighting tooth and nail to put Enoch Mgijima back on track. As part of this plan, the DA is calling …

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Gang violence at schools needs to be addressed urgently

September 6th, 2019

The number of gang related incidents of violence at schools across the Eastern Cape is a major concern, with three fatalities on school premises already recorded. In addition to this, 79 learners and 49 teachers have been injured due to gang related violence in schools. This is unacceptable! No child or teacher should fear being assaulted at school. No child should fear losing their life while seeking an education! These …

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Critical vacancies need to be filled as a matter of urgency

September 4th, 2019

Critical vacancies in Eastern Cape provincial departments need to be filled as a matter of urgency, as these posts are related to service delivery and are vital in the execution of the departments’ respective mandates. In response to a parliamentary question, Premier Oscar Mabuyane said there are currently 2536 posts that have been identified as critical posts. He also said vacant posts should be filled within six months of being …

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Grave error to cost Nelson Mandela Bay R24-million, for starters

August 29th, 2019
Sanele Magaqa

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will have to fork out R24-million from its Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) for the re-planning of Soweto on Sea. This follows the shocking revelation that some houses in the area were built on top of burial sites and that the houses built are of appalling quality. The MEC for Human Settlements, Nonkqubela Pieters, has said in a parliamentary response that once the re-planning has …

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