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Proper coordination needed for jobs for social work graduates

April 15th, 2016

Proper coordination is needed to ensure that social work students have jobs once they have graduated from the national Department of Social Development’s bursary programme.  In Reply to question 56, IQP 7 of 2016 to a legislature question I asked Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi, no social work graduates were employed by her department in 2015, despite 290 students completing their studies. There has never been a more important time for social …


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Maimane, Trollip and Zille to address Operation Pakisha public meeting

April 7th, 2016

Tomorrow, 8 April 2016, DA Mayoral Candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip will host Federal Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP and Former DA Leader, Helen Zille for a registration drive across the Bay. The delegation will travel to KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, Despatch, Veeplaas and Zwide before concluding at the Chatty Hall for a mass “Operation Pakisha”   [Pakisha – Pack and go!] public meeting in PE’s Northern Areas, where hundreds of supporters and …


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Racial fascism sweeping SA

March 1st, 2016

THE burning of a photographic collage of struggle hero and former Progressive Federal Party public representative Molly Blackburn at UCT (The Herald, February 22) is symptomatic of a new racial fascism that is sweeping through our society. In this new order, people view life through a polarising, racial prism where there are no grey areas. It is either a simplistic black or white. As a former colleague of the late …


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Strong growth for DA in Camdeboo by-election

January 21st, 2016

Yesterday the DA showed strong growth in the Ward 5 by-election in Kroonvale, Graaff-Reinet.  DA candidate Glenda Mackelina retained the ward for the DA. What was extremely significant was that the DA’s share of the vote went up 9%.  In 2014, that DA polled 50.17% and this time, we polled 59.17%. In 2014, the DA won a total of 38% of the vote in the Camdeboo municipality.  With a growth …


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Education reform needed to ensure brighter future for EC youth

January 8th, 2016

The DA believes that a fresh political leadership who are willing to make the tough calls and adopt best practices and guidance is needed to turn around education in the Eastern Cape. If this ship is to be turned around, the MEC for Education must objectively consider the following: The re-introduction of school inspectors must be fast-tracked. The roll-out of access to Information Technology to all schools. Consolidate the 23 …


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