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Member’s Statement: Lifestyle audits, what is taking so long

December 9th, 2021

Speaker, more than a year ago, the Honourable Premier publicly pronounced that senior politicians and administrators in the province will be subjected to lifestyle audits. The Premier said, and I quote: “The lifestyle audits will be conducted on the Premier, MECs, DG, DDGs, HODs, CFOs, and all chief directors or any senior person in supply chain management units in the provincial administration. In the long run, this will also accommodate …

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DA approaches United Nations to intervene in ongoing EC drought crisis

December 6th, 2021

Millions of residents across the Eastern Cape are facing possibly the worst humanitarian crisis to affect this province, while the ANC-led government does nothing. A sustainable water supply is critical to building the Eastern Cape as a province of hope and opportunity. The DA will leave no stone unturned to achieve this and build a province of opportunity for all. The Democratic Alliance has reached out to United Nations Water …

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Incompetent Amatola Water Board leaves Bay high and dry

October 8th, 2021

The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) desperately needs to step in and address the water crisis unfolding in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) due to the incompetence of the Amatola Water Board. Residents of the Metro are facing the very real possibility of dry taps, and while it is the municipality’s responsibility to purify the water and distribute it, this cannot be done if the DWA does ensure that there is …

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Droogteramp: ‘n Maand later, maar steeds geen hulp vir Oos-Kaapse boere

August 20th, 2021

Dit is reeds meer as ‘n maand sedert die Nasionale Rampbestuursentrum die droogte tot nasionale ramp verklaar het. Nogtans, ten spyte van talle versoeke deur die Demokratiese Alliansie (DA) dat Premier Oscar Mabuyane daadwerklik moet optree, het die Oos-Kaapse regering nog niks gedoen om droogtegeteisterde boere by te staan nie. Dit is bykans onmoontlik om te glo dat die Oos-Kaapse regering steeds verkies om anderpad te kyk – selfs nadat …

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Drought Disaster: A month later but still no help for Eastern Cape Farmers

August 20th, 2021

It has been a month since the National Disaster Management Centre last month classified the ongoing Eastern Cape drought as a National Disaster. Yet, despite the calls from the Democratic Alliance for Premier Oscar Mabuyane to act, nothing has been done by provincial government to assist our farmers. It is simply incomprehensible that, even when the crisis that our farmers have been facing since 2015 is acknowledged as a national …

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Eastern Cape must now be declared a drought disaster area

July 21st, 2021

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane must declare the Eastern Cape a provincial disaster area as soon as possible, now that the national classification has taken place. The prolonged drought has been recognised as a national disaster by the National Disaster Management Centre, and the Eastern Cape government can no longer ignore the water crisis that is unfolding in the province. See Gazette Government must put measures in place to declare …

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Premier must act now that drought declared a national disaster

July 20th, 2021

The Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, must act with haste to secure national funding for our drought-stricken farmers and municipalities, now that the ongoing drought has been declared a national disaster. This is a victory for long-suffering farmers and residents who have joined us in the fight to have the province declared a drought disaster area. There is now no more room for excuses from the Premier. Dr Mmaphaka Tau, …

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Residents suffer as ANC holds the purse strings

July 8th, 2021

The residents of Nelson Mandela Bay have been left to fend for themselves during the most debilitating drought on record, as the ANC-led national government has refused to accept its drought disaster application. Without a drought disaster area declaration much needed funding, for critical drought mitigation projects that would ensure residents have access to water, cannot be obtained and the projects cannot be completed. When it suits the ANC, billions …

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Premier announces application for Eastern Cape Drought Disaster

June 25th, 2021

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the announcement by Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, that the Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC) will submit a request to the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) to declare the Nelson Mandela Bay and Sarah Baartman District Municipalities a drought disaster area. Premier Oscar Mabuyane made this pronouncement in response to formal questions posed to him by the Democratic Alliance in relation to the extended drought in …

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Treasury launches investigation into EC Rural Development Agency’s reckless lending

June 23rd, 2021

The Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury has launched an investigation into the alleged reckless lending practices of the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA). This follows after the Democratic Alliance exposed how the ECDRA’s practice of granting unsecured loans at ridiculously low interest rates has led to millions of Rands being lost. Given the parlous state of public finances, reckless lending practises by state entities is criminal and has to be …

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