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Cash-strapped municipalities withhold millions in pension contributions

April 15th, 2021

The DA can reveal that at least five municipalities in the Eastern Cape have failed to pay over at least R42 million in staff pension contributions, citing cash-flow problems, even though the money has been deducted from staff payslips. This is another warning light indicating the collapse of local government in the province. The DA is demanding that Provincial Treasury deploy support to these municipalities immediately and ensure defaulting officials …

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R20 billion alarm bell for EC municipalities

April 8th, 2021

Eastern Cape residents and businesses have been especially hard hit by the economic fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic, as money owed to local government for services soars past R20-billion. Alarm bells should be ringing across the province for all local municipalities currently determining their rates and service increases for the new financial year. Ratepayers are already under significant strain, and excessive price hikes are more likely to result in additional …

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Eastern Cape Easter road death toll small comfort

April 6th, 2021

The relatively low road deaths for the Easter Weekend are small comfort for the families who have lost loved ones on the roads over the long weekend. At least 20 people have died in road accidents across the province since 1 April 2021. While this is significantly down on the 68 individuals who lost their lives on the road over Easter in 2019, it is significantly higher than the eight …

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Premier must act on public protector report into scootergate

April 1st, 2021

Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, and the Department of Health must act on the Public Protector’s final report on the scooter scandal. The Public Protector was clear about two things – there was clear maladministration and improper conduct around the tender process, and disciplinary action must be taken against the officials who were involved in the procurement process. This will be a test for both the new Head of the …

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AG report highlights Eastern Cape government’s failures

March 31st, 2021

The Auditor General’s National and Provincial Audit Outcomes for 2019/2020 report, released today, paints a bleak picture of an Eastern Cape Provincial Government that is failing under the ANC’s leadership. Not only did the province have the highest unauthorised spending in the country, at R1,59 billion, but the Department of Health also still faced contingent liabilities of R36,75 billion – the highest of all national and provincial auditees! The AG …

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