Andrew Whitefield


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Municipalities are no longer being assisted by officials from the Department of Co-Operative governance and Traditional Affairs, after millions of rands were diverted from the Municipal Public Participation (MPP) directorate, to pay for the controversial Masipathisane programme. This is according COGTA MEC, Fikile Xasa, who confirmed in a response to a parliamentary question that, despite not having a budget allocated to the programme, the department spent R2,119 million on it …


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Madam Speaker, Hon Premier, Honourable members of the House, Officials and visitors, I greet you all. It is not easy to reflect on the slow but steady collapse of an entire provincial department, particularly when it is responsible for the health of millions of citizens. It is even worse when one has to acknowledge that a fair portion of the blame for this collapse needs to be placed at the …


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Madam Speaker, Honourable Premier, MEC’s, Honourable Members and our esteemed guests in the public gallery. Madam Speaker, I would like to begin by acknowledging the MEC’s responsive action to my motion in this house on the 11th of October calling for more to be done to rescue our rhinos. I must thank the MEC for his leadership in uniting all interested and affected parties behind this worthy cause in a …


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The failing ANC Government has passed the fundamentally flawed Consumer Protection Bill in the Eastern Cape Legislature on Tuesday, even though it is at odds to the national Consumer Protector Act. The Democratic Alliance recognises that the rights of South African consumers must be protected, the recent listeriosis outbreak is just one example of how the lives of ordinary South Africans can be put in danger through the reckless behaviour …


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The Democratic Alliance welcomes the historic ruling in favour of the Amadiba Crisis Committee and the people of the Umgungundlovu area of Xolobeni on the Wild Coast, which declared that the mineral resources minister must obtain consent from the community, as the holder of rights on land, prior to granting any mining rights. This judgement has hopefully brought closure to a community that has been fighting against the exploitation of …


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