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INITIATES SHOULD HAVE A CHOICE — WITHOUT PREJUDICE

September 3rd, 2009

If one assumes that traditional initiation and circumcision will continue to be a practice for the majority of boys, the Health Department should do more to promote the practice as adult-supervised and under the auspices of traditional cultural leaders. More must be done to prevent the unnecessary deaths and medical complications this province faces during each initiation season. A change in attitude is necessary so that young men, who want …


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RELAX LAWS IN IDZ’S

September 2nd, 2009

While the Coega- and East London IDZs should be seen as positive steps towards development in the province, the bigger picture is being ignored. The slow processing of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) is impacting negatively on the continued success of our IDZs. The Democratic Alliance is of the opinion that there is a need for accelerated asset depreciation, labour laws should be simplified to encourage job creation, and import/export duties …


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BETTER WORKING RELATIONSHIPS IN THE LEGISLATURE

September 2nd, 2009

A new tone has been set for improved working relationships in the Legislature.  This follows an agreement between the Democratic Alliance and the whips of the majority party, that motions will be debated in the House this Friday.   In the past the Legislature has too often been sidelined when it comes to debating important issues. The motions, which the DA felt were of urgent public importance, relates to the H1N1 …


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ACCIDENT COSTS UNAFFORDABLE FOR PROVINCE

August 28th, 2009

Vehicle accidents cost the taxpayer and the province an estimated R1, 5 billion in 2008/09. The DA believes a large chunk of these costs could be avoided in future if the law is effectively enforced by the traffic authorities. The amount of R1,5 billion is a conservative estimate, based on 2 626 accidents reported in the province during the 2008/09 financial year.


SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE GRINDS TO A HALT

August 27th, 2009

The Democratic Alliance has learned with trepidation that all infrastructure activities in schools in the Eastern Cape had come to a halt due to a lack of funds, only weeks after the beginning of the new financial year. The DA is now in possession of a memo written in May this year to all district directors and chief cluster directors. It states that all forwarded information and requests from districts …


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