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New stats reveal 1666 lives lost on EC roads last year

August 28th, 2019

Newly released statistics from the Department of Transport have revealed that 1666 people tragically lost their lives on the roads in 2018, with the most accidents and lives lost recorded in the O R Tambo district. In response to a parliamentary question Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, has now confirmed that 1666 lives were lost in 1320 crashes involving 1614 vehicles during 2018. That’s more than four lives every day, lost …


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R53 Million Somerset East Airfield now cattle grazing field

August 28th, 2019

The R53-million Somerset East Airfield that was opened in January 2016, has now become nothing more than grazing field for stray cattle due to the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality’s failure to act. The airfield, with its 1.2km long runway, was built by the Cacadu Development Agency in collaboration with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. It was supposed to be the gateway for transportation of domestic produce …


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Camdeboo Hospice under threat of closure

August 27th, 2019

The Camdeboo Hospice in Graaff-Reinet, which has been caring for people with dread and terminal illnesses such as HIV, Tuberculosis and cancer for the past 21 years, faces closure in October because of a botched funding tender process. I have written to the MEC for Health, Sindiswa Gomba, to stress the urgency of re-opening the tender process for funding for this crucial service to the greater Graaff-Reinet community. The Department …


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Jobs destroyed as key Kei Mouth tourism destination left to wrack and ruin

August 23rd, 2019

By Yusuf Cassim – Shadow MEC for DEDEAT A community that is dependent on tourism as one of its key economic drivers is being held ransom by an unresponsive municipality, which has let one of its key tourism destinations fall to wrack and ruin. Earlier this week I conducted an oversight inspection of the Kei Mouth Caravan Park, which is currently managed by the Great Kei Municipality. I was accompanied …


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NMB Gunshot Warzone

August 22nd, 2019

Nelson Mandela Bay has become a brutal warzone which is characterized by extreme gun violence. It is time for a comprehensive rescue plan to be implemented to save our metro from this carnage! 20% of all deaths recorded at the Nelson Mandela Bay mortuary, over the last three years, are all gunshot related. In response to a parliamentary question the MEC for Health, Sindiswa Gomba, said that over the last …


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