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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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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Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, and the Department of Health must act on the Public Protector’s final report on the scooter scandal. The Public Protector was clear about two things – there was clear maladministration and improper conduct around the tender process, and disciplinary action must be taken against the officials who were involved in the procurement process. This will be a test for both the new Head of the …


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The Eastern Cape’s two training hospitals are on the verge of collapse, as vacancy rates for specialist posts skyrocket, but the Department of Health is not addressing the problem. At the Livingstone Tertiary Hospital in the Nelson Mandela Bay district, only 51,7% of specialist posts are currently filled, while at the Frere Tertiary Hospital in Buffalo City Metro, only 33% of full-time specialist posts are currently filled. The shortage of …


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The Department of Health cannot afford to employ doctors, nurses, health practitioners and community health workers, as they are too busy paying fat-cat salaries for newly created senior management cadre posts. The DA wants a full-scale investigation into these posts for pals. These posts are designed to further line ANC deployed cadre’s pockets, rather than improve the quality of healthcare provided to the people of our province. A capable state …


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Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s cabinet reshuffle, announced this morning, has made it clear that, despite his commitment to employing competent leaders, he has once again pandered to party pressure. The ANC’s policy demands 60% representation of women in the executive, if the Premier is a man. Premier Mabuyane has chosen to make an appointment in order to fill a quota, and has chosen an individual that has very little experience in …


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