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PRESS RELEASES BY VICKY KNOETZE


DA spurs EC Legislature to act on water crisis

June 27th, 2022

A motion brought by the Democratic Alliance calling for the implementation of a Water Security Master Plan for each Eastern Cape Municipality has spurred the EC Legislature to act on the water crisis. The Kouga Local Municipality and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipalities have already started running out of water. This is disastrous as households, businesses, schools and hospitals will be left to function without water and sanitation, which will …


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DA seeking solutions to assist distressed EC municipalities

June 20th, 2022
Vicky Knoetze

Democratic Alliance Members of the Provincial Legislature will be embarking on a targeted oversight of distressed municipalities in the Eastern Cape to get first-hand accounts of these municipalities’ challenges. Using the information gathered from these oversights and working closely with the DA councillors in these municipalities, we will identify key turnaround strategies that could be implemented to bring stability. We will also develop tailor-made support and focus initiatives for each …


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DA welcomes provincial intervention in three municipalities

June 2nd, 2022
Vicky Knoetze

The Democratic Alliance welcomes that as part of the Report of the Portfolio Committee of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs today, the committee recommended that a section 106 intervention be implemented in the Inxuba Yethemba, Engcobo and Enoch Mgijima Local Municipalities on the basis that widespread fraud, corruption, and maladministration is suspected in these municipalities. In terms of a section 106 intervention, the MEC may designate a person/s to investigate …


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Widespread contamination of freshwater sources in the Eastern Cape

May 18th, 2022

The provincial government has failed to hold local municipalities, which are guilty of contaminating freshwater sources with raw sewage, to account. It has become abundantly clear that the ANC leadership in this province will rather do nothing, while the people they serve are placed directly in harm’s way through contaminated water sources, than act against their own incompetent cadres. Responses to written questions from the Democratic Alliance COGTA MEC, Xolile …


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EC Provincial Disaster Management is itself in a state of disaster

May 10th, 2022
Vicky Knoetze

The current state of disaster in Kwazulu-Natal has prompted the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape to assess the disaster readiness of the province, specifically in terms of the Provincial Disaster Management Centre and the municipal disaster management centres. In response to written questions by the Democratic Alliance, shocking revelations have been made by the MEC of COGTA, Xolile Nqatha. Only 41% of the fire engine fleet in the province …


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No intervention, despite broke Amahlati Municipality blowing insurance pay-outs on salaries

May 5th, 2022

Provincial Government will not intervene in the affairs of the cash-strapped Amahlati Local Municipality, despite the municipality blowing R41 million in insurance pay-outs, meant to replace destroyed municipal infrastructure, on salaries. The municipality is in dire financial distress and is on the brink of collapse, having once again run out of money to the extent that it will not be able to pay salaries for May or June. This is …


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Not one Water Service Authority in Eastern Cape meets Green Drop standard

April 12th, 2022
Vicky Knoetze

The Department of Water and Sanitation has revealed that not one of the 14 Water Service Authorities (WSA) in the Eastern Cape qualified for green drop certification. The latest Green Grop report revealed that the overall provincial risk ratio has regressed from 66.7% (medium risk) in 2013 to 72.3% (high risk) in 2021. The risk assessment is based on an audit of the 14 WSA delivering wastewater services through a …


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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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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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Incomplete infrastructure project worsening water woes for EC town

March 29th, 2022

An incomplete infrastructure project related to water and sanitation, millions wasted on poor performing contractors and a site that has been left abandoned, are just some of the issues discovered when the Democratic Alliance conducted oversight on infrastructure projects in the OR Tambo District Municipality. As part of the DA’s “Broken Municipalities, Broken Province” initiative, I recently conducted an oversight inspection at the incomplete Ntsonyeni Off-Chanel Storage Dam, outside Port …


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