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Provincial ANC to address lost election ground: Saturday Dispatch

THE Eastern Cape ANC is pulling out all stops to ensure it regains lost ground as the party prepares for the 2016 local government elections. This is clearly outlined in the agenda the party will table when it holds its first lekgotla following last month’s victory in the general elections. The meeting scheduled for this afternoon at the Regent Hotel in East London has even set aside a commission to …


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DA ecstatic about becoming official opposition in the Eastern Cape

For the first time since 1994 the DA has become the official opposition in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature through the express wish of the voters (as opposed to achieving this position after the consequences of floor crossing). The improved result from 9,8% to 16,2% has been a staggering improvement, especially considered against the fact that this growth is greater than the results achieved by both the UDM and the …


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Political parties all buoyant on eve of general election: Daily Dispatch

THE five major political parties in the Eastern Cape have promised the election outcome this week will surprise many. All the parties claim to have gained new ground. These include the ANC, COPE, the Democratic Alliance (DA), as well as the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the new kid on the block the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The ANC, which has secured a comfortable majority of more than 70% in …


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Vote for credible leaders who will bring investments and jobs

The DA leadership in the Eastern Cape, including Athol Trolip, Nosimo Balindlela, Veliswa Mvenya and Nqaba Bhanga have been on a campaign tour to Karoo towns this week, including Somerset East and Pearston on Monday and Adelaide and Bedford on Tuesday. Today they will be visiting the Sunday’s River Valley. Below is the message the DA brought to these communities. On 7 May 2014 voters will cast their votes to …


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DA set to make significant inroads in the Eastern Cape

Note to Editors: This statement is based on a speech delivered by Athol Trollip at the Sisa Dukashe stadium in Mdantsane on Sunday, 16 March 2014, to launch the DA’s Eastern Cape election campaign. This year’s election promises to be the most exciting and close-fought since 1994. I can feel it everywhere I go. Former ANC, COPE and UDM supporters are coming over to the DA in unprecedented numbers. Just …


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DA aims to topple COPE as EC official opposition: Daily Dispatch

Trollip expects his party to show growth THE Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has vowed to remove the embattled Congress of the People (COPE) as the province’s official opposition party after the May 7 general elections. Since the first democratic elections in 1994, the DA has been the official opposition party to the ruling ANC, pipping other opposition parties represented in the Bhisho legislature.