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Sickening sewage collapse in Addo

October 16th, 2020

The villages of Addo and Kirkwood in the Sundays River Valley have been flooded with untreated sewage, which is leaking out of a poorly maintained and badly managed sewerage system and infiltrating the clean water systems which are intended for domestic use. At the entrance to Valencia, untreated sewage bubbles out of broken pipes and forms a river which eventually flows into the Sundays River. In Aquapark, untreated sewage flows …


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24-hour traffic law enforcement fails to launch

October 15th, 2020

Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe should hang her head in shame, as the 24-hour traffic law enforcement that she has been promising for years, and which was supposed to come into effect at the beginning of October, has failed to launch. Twenty-four-hour traffic law enforcement is desperately needed in the Eastern Cape if there is to be any hope of returning law and order to our roads and saving lives …


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Libraries at risk of collapse as funding delayed

October 14th, 2020

Libraries across the province, which serve as cornerstones for reading and learning, are at risk of permanent closure as much needed funding has been delayed by a broken bureaucratic system. Not one municipality in the province has received their 2020/2021 library subsidies from the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC). These subsidies total R73,9 million. DSRAC MEC, Fezeka Bayeni, in response to a parliamentary question, said the delays …


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Environmental Affairs buckles under staff shortages

October 13th, 2020

At a time when our province is under siege by poachers targeting wild animals, indigenous plants and several marine species, critical vacancies in the enforcement and compliance components of the Department of Environmental Affairs have not been filled. The lack of environmental law enforcement is undermining our economy. The wanton plundering by organised poaching syndicates has a devastating impact on the province’s natural heritage and poses a significant risk to …


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DA calls for immediate plagiarism audit of all provincial departments

October 13th, 2020

Premier Oscar Mabuyane must immediately institute a plagiarism audit of all policy documents produced across all departments of his provincial administration, if he hopes to restore the public’s faith in provincial government processes. Our journey into the fourth industrial revolution cannot be based on flawed planning if we are to build a capable state. This follows after the hasty withdrawal of the ICT framework document, titled Provincial Digital Transformation Framework …


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