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SPEECHES BY JANE COWLEY


Speech Notes: Vote 9 – DEDEAT Annual & Half Year Financial Oversight Reports

February 5th, 2021

Madam Speaker, Hon Premier, Members of the Legislature, officials and guests, I greet you all. Madam Speaker the Department known as DEDEAT constitutes three enormous and very important competencies which, in a perfect world, would be standalone departments as they play such a vital role in the economic development of communities, provinces and countries. These are, of course, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism. One understands that departments that take …


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Speech notes: Vote 3 – Health Annual & Half Year Financial Oversight Reports

February 4th, 2021

Madam Speaker, Hon Premier, Hon Members of the Legislature; officials and guests, I greet you all. Madam Speaker, I would like to begin by acknowledging the incredible work done by our Eastern Cape Healthcare workforce over the past year as they have been at the forefront of the fight against the dreadful Covid-19 pandemic, which has devastated so many lives across our province, and indeed across the globe. They are …


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Member’s Statement: Vaccines: Too little, too late

February 4th, 2021

On Monday evening, the President of South Africa proudly announced that the first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, acquired from India to aid us in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, had arrived in the country. While this is certainly good news, particularly for our health care workers who continue to work under extreme pressure and will be first to receive the vaccine, unfortunately, it remains far too little, far …


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Speech Notes: Recruitment by the Eastern Cape department of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic

September 3rd, 2020

Madam Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable members of the House, officials and guests, I greet you all. Madam Speaker, a year ago we had not even heard the word Covid-19. A viral pandemic was something one read about in a good book, or watched in a scary movie. Little did we know that in a few short months, the world as we knew it would have changed forever. Entire new vocabularies …


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Members Statement: Premier must choose competence over political patronage

September 2nd, 2020

On the 25th of May this year, I put a motion with notice to the House in terms of Section 131 of the Eastern Cape Legislature Standing Rules of Order that called for the House to resolve that the Premier dismiss the MEC for Health. During a multi-party Whips meeting, the ANC objected to the motion being debated, based on faulty legal advice given to them that it is unconstitutional …


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

July 3rd, 2020
Jane Cowley

Madam Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable Members of the House, officials and observers, I greet you all I wish to start by sending my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those we have lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. Madam Speaker, our department of health is in the ICU. The leadership is incapable of implementing house resolutions, and has failed to fully implement plans. The Committee report highlights …


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Speech notes: Jane Cowley 6th Legislation 2019 SOPA debate

July 2nd, 2019

Honourable Speaker, Honourable premier, Honourable members of the House, officials and guests, I greet you all When South Africa’s National Development Plan was launched in 2012, it included several admirable goals for the health sector, including raising the life expectancy of South Africans to at least 70 years, ensuring that the under 20s generation are largely free of HIV, significantly reducing the burden of disease and achieving infant and under …


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Presentation of Report of Portfolio Committee on Health

October 17th, 2018
Jane Cowley

Taking legislature to the People Elliotdale, Amathole District Municipality 17 October 2018 Madam Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable members, Traditional Leaders and dignitaries from the district, officials, members of the public, I greet you To measure the success of a democracy, one should not look at the leaders, for they will always try to convince you of their success. Instead, go into their schools, go into their clinics, go into their …


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Speech notes: Consideration of the Special Programmes report on visits to Mental Health facilities across the province

August 15th, 2018

Honourable Madam Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable members of the House, officials and guests, I greet you all. Before I proceed Madam Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our two new members to the house. The Honourable Andrew Whitfield is an ex MP and Mayoral Committee member from Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. He is also our Democratic Alliance Provincial Chairperson. Nomvano Zibonda has served the Raymond Mhlaba …


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Speech notes: Consideration of the Finance Portfolio Committee’s infrastructure oversight report

August 15th, 2018

Madam Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable members of the House, officials and visitors, I greet you all. In the recent oversight visits to infrastructure projects across the province, some very obvious and repetitive findings came to light. The first finding that I will address is that of payment delays by the Department of Education. In some cases, the department has delayed the payment of contractors and SMME’s by as much as …


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