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Unemployment crisis continues to deepen in Eastern Cape

October 29th, 2019

It is clear that Premier Oscar Mabuyane has no solution to combat the rising unemployment in the Eastern Cape, which is robbing the food off the tables of the people. This after the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Stats SA today, showed that unemployment in the province continued to rise, with the third quarter up by 1.1%, from 35.4% to 36.5%. The Eastern Cape continues to have the highest …

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Eastern Cape unemployment bloodbath continues

November 6th, 2018

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Stats SA last month, shows how the Eastern Cape economy is continuing to fail, along with the job’s bloodbath. This means thousands of families across the province will struggle to put food on the table, pay for medication and schooling for their loved ones. The fight to just survive in the Eastern Cape is getting harder. The third quarter statistics show the Eastern …

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Blatchford is so far left, he left out the facts

September 10th, 2018

In his letter, DA trips on its own sword (Saturday Dispatch: 1 September) Mr Mathew Blatchford states that very little has been accomplished by the ‘Trollip gang’, but he fails to substantiate his fantasies.  Blatchford is so far left, he left out the facts. Just two years in, and the DA-led government in Nelson Mandel Bay has made a huge difference, having achieved numerous successes including: The City is now …

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Letter to the Editor: By-election results show voters are hungry for change

June 11th, 2018

Dear editor By-election results show voters are hungry for change The article ‘ANC, DA certain BCM wards after poll’, (DD, 8 June) refers: The results of this week’s by-elections in the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) and Ingquza Hill Local Municipality confirms that the DA is on a solid growth path. The Democratic Alliance (DA) grew from 88% to 96.01% in the ward 18 by-election in BCM, and from 6.24% to …

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Slow EC provincial payments is still a silent killer for small businesses

May 25th, 2018

The slow payment to suppliers of the Eastern Cape government continues to silently kill small businesses. Despite all interventions, the province is still struggling to make payments on time. Although some improvement has been made, it is simply not good enough. In the reply to a legislature question that I asked the former MEC of Finance, Sakhumzi Somyo, in April 2018, a total of 5 503 businesses in the Eastern …

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DA condemns killing of five EC SAPS members

February 21st, 2018

The DA in the Eastern Cape condemns in the strongest terms the killing of five members of the SAPS in Ngcobo in the early hours of yesterday morning. We offer our sincere condolences to the families of these policemen. My colleague, in Parliament, Zakhele Mbhele MP (DA Shadow Minister of Police) and I visited the Ncgobo Police Station this morning to gather the facts about how such criminal acts can be …

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National Senior Certificate achievers should be treated equally

January 29th, 2018

The front page article “Bhisho’s R80 000 bursary blunder (Weekend Post, 20 January 2018) refers: The Department of Education in the Eastern Cape has committed a grave injustice by not publically recognising the achievement of Heather Diogo. Every learner who writes the National Senior Certificate examinations, whether they go to a government- or a private school, deserves to be treated equally as they all wrote the same examination. It is also …

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October 16th, 2017

The article by Ranjeni Munusamy in The Herald of 10 October 2017 refers: She remarked that leaders of the ANC are not flocking to the DA.  There is a very good reason why that is not happening:  they are in well-entrenched jobs. But their supporters are certainly doing it.  This is evident by the massive turnout of young people to the DA #DATA4ALL rally at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in …

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ANC has its head in a pothole

August 20th, 2017

The report in the Saturday Dispatch “DA ‘plastic road’ idea faces ANC dead stop” refers: The ANC’s outright dismissal of this proposal in disparaging terms illustrates quite clearly that this a party stuck with its head in a pothole.  This province has a crisis when it comes to maintaining our roads. This impacts on every community.  A roads network is vital for a growing economy and in the Eastern Cape, our …

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Quarterly labour force stats: Fire President Jacob Zuma today to fire up our economy

August 8th, 2017

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the second quarter of 2017 (January to March) was released by Statistics South Africa today (subs:  Monday, 7 August 2017).   The Eastern Cape now has the highest unemployment rate in the country together with the Free State, both at 34.4.%, according to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Statistics South Africa.  The Eastern Cape also had the highest expanded rate of unemployment, …

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