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Urgent intervention needed to prevent complete collapse of Eastern Cape municipalities

June 26th, 2020

Municipalities across the Eastern Cape are in crisis. People across the province are waking up to piles of uncollected rubbish, dry taps, no electricity and deteriorating municipal infrastructure, as the consequences of years of poor governance and lack of proper financial management have begun to manifest. Municipal workers and service providers are going unpaid and service delivery has all but ground to a standstill as municipal coffers run dry. In …


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Eastern Cape Government must rein in spending and table early adjustments budget

June 25th, 2020

The dire projections given by the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, during the adjustments budget yesterday, cannot be ignored any longer, and Eastern Cape Government need to start seriously cutting back on expenditure, if the province is to weather the economic storms that lie ahead. The year ahead will be the litmus test for Premier Oscar Mabuyane, it will make or break his administration. The last financial year has already …


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Provincialisation of EC clinics must be reviewed

June 24th, 2020

Clinics across the province are stuck in limbo, with staff crying out for leadership, as the process of transferring clinics from municipal level to the provincial Department of Health drags on, eight years after the process started. Once again, a lack of decisive leadership and poor planning have left the department in a state of complete disarray. In 2012 the Provincial Department of Health embarked upon a provincialisation process to …


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Job losses in first quarter a sign of things to come

June 23rd, 2020

The marginal increase in unemployment figures in the Eastern Cape for the first quarter of 2020 is no cause for complacency, but rather a worrying sign of things to come. The real slaughter will come in the second quarter, when the impact of the lockdown in response to Covid-19 starts to play out. That the province has seen continuing growth in the unemployment, which increased by 1% from the 4th …


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Governance Crisis in Sundays River Valley Municipality

June 23rd, 2020

Thousands of residents in the Sundays River Valley Municipality (SRVM) have been left without water for more than a week, after Eskom disconnected the power supply to pump stations in the area due to non-payment. The SRVM municipal officials responsible for this humanitarian crisis should hang their heads in shame and tender their resignations to make way for competent government who will put the people and securing jobs first. I …


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