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Blue drop report reveals nearly half the Eastern Capes drinking water at risk

April 12th, 2022
Vicky Knoetze

Nearly half of the Eastern Cape’s drinking water is at risk, with the Department of Water and Sanitation saying some systems are so severely compromised they have been flagged as critical risks, where water safety for consumers cannot be guaranteed. This is according to the latest Blue Drop report, the first of its kind to be released in nearly a decade. The report paints a devastatingly bleak picture of failing …

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Premier Mabuyane must be called to explain HOD suspension

April 11th, 2022

Premier Oscar Mabuyane must be called before the Education Portfolio Committee to explain his reasoning for suspending the EC Head of Education, Dr Naledi Mbude. Based on the documentation provided to the Eastern Cape Portfolio Committee on Education, Dr. Mbude has in fact given substantive representations to the Premier as to why textbooks orders could not be completed and why the Education Infrastructure Grant funding was not spent. Dr Mbude, …

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Locust Outbreak: Not one cent from Eastern Cape Government to assist farmers

April 8th, 2022

As locust plagues of biblical proportions ravage the Eastern Cape, decimating everything in their path, the ANC-led Eastern Cape government has turned a deaf ear to the desperate pleas for assistance from farmers and organised agriculture. Not one red cent has been made available by the provincial government to assist farmers in eradicating these swarms, leaving farmers already devastated by prolonged drought to face this disaster on their own. Swarms …

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DA welcomes national administration of Enoch Mgijima municipality

April 7th, 2022
Vicky Knoetze

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the announcement that the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality has finally been placed under national administration. The move is a scathing indictment on the Eastern Cape Executive and the provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) that has failed to bring about the necessary changes since placing the municipality under administration in 2018. The DA has repeatedly highlighted the challenges faced by this municipality, which …

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Suspension of Education Head raises serious questions

April 6th, 2022

The decision by Premier Oscar Mabuyane to suspend the Head of Education, Dr Naledi Mbude, reportedly for the delay in textbook deliveries and failure to spend the infrastructure grant, raises serious questions. In response to questions posed by the Democratic Alliance during a portfolio committee meeting on Monday, Dr Mbude revealed several concerning issues taking place within the Department. Dr Mbude said she had discovered that the Department had been …

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