Jane Cowley

Jane Cowley MPL

Born and educated in Queenstown, Eastern Cape. Studied a B.Sc degree at Stellenbosch University, then an HED through UNISA. Started teaching Biology and Maths at Qhayiya Combined school in 1993. Became the Principal of Shaw Park Primary School in 1999 and eventually resigned from teaching in 2011.

I had already started my journey with the DA as a branch chair and simply got more and more excited and involved in the process. I taught Maths (specifically Geometry) to Grade 10 in a Catch-Up programme through the Rhodes University Education Dept Maths Chair, under Prof Marc Schafer, for four years.

This resulted in a Masters degree in Mathematics Education. Became a PR councillor in Ndlambe municipality in 2014.

I became a PR councillor in Ndlambe municipality in 2014. Happily married to Paul for 24 years and have two teenage boys who attend Graeme College in Grahamstown.

Currently serving as an MPL in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature as DA Shadow MEC for Health.


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Madam Speaker, Hon Premier, Members of the Legislature, officials and guests, I greet you all. It is common cause that DEDEAT is one of the most underfunded departments in the province. Despite this, it is this Department that bears the burden of economic development, which is the most crucial developmental objective our province and our country must achieve in order to stabilise our fragile and overcommitted fiscus. Sadly this is …


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Jane Cowley

Madam Speaker, Hon Premier, Hon Members, officials and guests, I greet you all. Madam Speaker, the Department of Health in the Eastern Cape remains beset with administrative, human resource and financial challenges. It is fair to say that these have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, but this is true for all departments. The greatest challenges in the Health Department are longstanding and have simply not been addressed adequately, because …


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The Eastern Cape Department of Health, already in financial crisis, continues to spend what little money is still available to it on the wrong things, prioritising a bloated administration over basic service delivery. Of the R26,5 billion given to the Department for the 2021/2022 financial year, R4,3 billion has already been paid out to settle outstanding accruals from the previous financial year. That’s a shocking 16% of the total budget! …


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A third wave of the Covid-19 virus during the rollout of the vaccination programme could prove to be catastrophic in the Eastern Cape, as there are simply not enough healthcare workers in our facilities to deal with responding to the virus and rolling out the vaccine programme simultaneously. The Department of Health must craft a workable contingency plan that includes filling critical vacant posts in all hospitals and clinics, as …


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Dramatic cuts to the operational budget of the Livingstone Hospital have severely hamstrung its ability to provide even basic services, such as clean linen and food, to its patients. The Democratic Alliance is requesting immediate intervention from the MEC of Health to source additional funding. These excessive cuts, combined with chronic staff shortages, being forced to take on more patients than it is equipped to handle, and taking on additional …


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