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Shocking livestock death toll on EC Govt’s experimental farms a grave concern

January 16th, 2020

Shocking revelations that hundreds of animals have died at the Eastern Cape Government’s six experimental farming facilities, have come to light. This raises serious questions around the care and possible neglect at these facilities. The province currently has six experimental farms, focusing on animal, pasture and crop sciences, namely the Dohne A.D.I; Bathurst R.C; Adelaide R.F; Cradock R.C; Wolwehoek R.F; Jansenville R.F and the Mthatha Dam. All these facilities, except …

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DA wishes teachers, learners success for the new school year

January 14th, 2020

The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape wishes all teachers and learners well for the 2020 school year. We hope that you will continue building on the success achieved by the Class of 2019, who improved on the matric pass rate in the province from 70,6% in 2018 to 76,5% in 2019. The number of bachelor’s passes also increased from 27,4% to 32,3% in 2019. Education is a passport to …

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Eastern Cape Provincial Scorecard for 2019

December 18th, 2019
Nqaba Bhanga

The Democratic Alliance caucus in the Provincial Legislature have reviewed their respective departments and given them each a score out of 10. The department’s previous score is included in brackets, for reference. These scores are based on the overall performance of each department, which have been monitored and held to account by the various MPLs, through the various parliamentary processes including portfolio committees, oversights, written and oral questions. Since the …

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Road safety key for holiday makers in Eastern Cape

December 12th, 2019

With the festive season upon us, road safety is once again in the spotlight. Unfortunately, road accidents will make this a time of great sadness, instead of a celebration, for many families. The only way to limit the carnage on our roads is to stop motorists from taking chances, driving unroadworthy vehicles, overloading, speeding and driving under the influence. This can be achieved by visible policing on our roads and …

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Scholar Transport must be returned to Education Department

December 11th, 2019

The Eastern Cape Scholar Transport programme should be removed from the Department of Transport and placed back under the Department of Education as a matter of urgency. The Transport portfolio committee report tabled last week revealed that the Department had failed to account for R55.5 million for Scholar Transport, as there were inadequate supporting documents to substantiate the expenses incurred. It cannot be that millions of rands go unspent, while …

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