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EC municipalities sabotaging opportunities for safer streets

August 24th, 2022

Residents highly frustrated with the lack of law and order and potholes across the Eastern Cape could be experiencing safer streets if delinquent municipalities simply paid their debts to the Department of Roads and Transport. The DA is calling on the new Transport MEC, Xolile Nqatha, to ensure that all outstanding monies from municipalities are paid promptly and speedily to the Department of Transport without any fear or favour. It …

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Province needs fundamental policy shift to address unemployment crisis

August 23rd, 2022

The Eastern Cape needs a fundamental policy shift if we are to address the staggering unemployment crisis in this province. Unless urgent action is taken, the ANC could soon be facing its own Arab Spring! The rising poverty, hunger and hardship that residents are suffering is going to explode at some point unless bold measures are taken to change the trajectory of the province. We need to be engaging with …

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EC DRDAR must step up and assist farmers with Foot and Mouth outbreak

August 22nd, 2022

The Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) must step up and assist farmers in preparing for a possible outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). While the current outbreak has not yet been detected in the Eastern Cape, it is extremely concerning that the disease has moved outside of the traditional FMD corridor, and we need to be vigilant I will be writing to the chairperson …

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Latest crime stats paint a bleak picture of escalating crime in EC

August 19th, 2022

The latest crime stats, for the first quarter of the 22/23 financial year reveal a bleak picture of escalating crime in the Eastern Cape. Our people are being murdered, raped and robbed at an alarming rate. There were 1200 murders recorded over the three months from April to June 2022, up from 1020 reported for the same period last year (up 17%). The Eastern Cape again has the highest per …

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No money for power: EC municipal Eskom debt spirals

August 18th, 2022

The collective debt owed to Eskom by Eastern Cape municipalities is spiralling out of control and is fast approaching the R3 billion mark. Money collected from residents and businesses for electricity that must be paid to Eskom must be ringfenced by municipalities. The failure to do so will result in collapsing electrical infrastructure and hardship to residents and businesses alike. The DA in the Eastern Cape will be writing to …

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