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Speech Notes: Education Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

July 3rd, 2020

Honourable Speaker, Fellow South Africans… I greet you with the universal greeting of peace, As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. The prospects for improvement in the education system and its outcomes for learners in the Eastern Cape is looking increasingly more precarious. Preparations for the reopening of schools have been completely bungled, the department wasted money it doesn’t have paying up to 5 times more for PPE compared to what …


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Member’s Statement: Eastern Cape Municipalities hit rock-bottom

July 3rd, 2020

The Auditor General’s Report was especially damning for municipalities in the Eastern Cape – it showcases the deteriorating state of local government in the province – if you ever wondered what rock-bottom looks like – this is it! 83% of municipalities are facing significant cash-flow restraints. 38% of municipalities’ expenses exceed their revenue. 24 municipalities are unable to pay their creditors. Only 1 municipality received a clean audit. 15 municipalities …


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Speech Notes: Social Development Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

July 2nd, 2020
Kobus Botha

Hon Speaker, protocol observed, I greet all present here today. During the past few months with COVID-19 sweeping into our country and affecting the lives of every single South African, we have seen the true importance of the Department of Social Development and everything that it stands for. We have never been blind to the fact that we have millions of residents in the Eastern Cape, ranging across all races, …


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Speech notes: Sport, Recreation Arts and Culture Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

July 2nd, 2020

We continue to live and learn to adapt to our “new normal” this pandemic has disrupted the livelihoods of all our people, it therefore requires that we become more aggressive and creative as a province this includes the Arts and Sporting sector. A proposed budget must then be able to respond to present material conditions and provide solutions to meet the needs of our communities. Our staff components form a …


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Speech notes: Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

July 2nd, 2020

Honourable Speaker, Fellow South Africans… I greet you with the universal greeting of peace, As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. The Eastern Cape’s expanded unemployment rate as of the first quarter of this financial year sits at 48.9%. This is not a new phenomenon. Our jobs crisis has worsened year-on-year, spurred on by a flawed economic approach and inept government. In the midst of the global Covid 19 pandemic, President …


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