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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The terrible loss of life because of the horror bus accident at the Kei Cuttings last week has brought into focus the failure of the Eastern Cape Department of Health to secure the services of an air ambulance service, after terminating the contract of the Red Cross Air Mercy service at the end of July. Despite the assurance that Black Eagle Ambulance Services would start operating from 1 August this …


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There has been a massive spike in Covid-19 infections across the Eastern Cape, which has left citizens fearful of a more powerful and deadly third wave than was previously anticipated. While testing has been ramped up, the Department of Health is failing miserably to track and trace infected individuals and their close contacts, thus allowing the virus to spread in our communities. The latest figures available, show that six of …


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The state of mental healthcare services in the Eastern Cape continues to decline, despite strong recommendations made in 2018 by the Health Ombudsman to ensure that Mental Health institutions in the province are effectively staffed and properly maintained. Instead of heeding the Health Ombudsman, and despite the Mental Health division being placed under administration, the state of mental healthcare has worsened year on year. People with mental health disorders are …


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The current High Court application by the Department of Health and Provincial Treasury, to drastically reduce payments to medico-legal claimants, is a blatant attack on the claimants’ rights and the rule of law. It is an onslaught on the victims of the Health Department’s negligence, punishing them a second time for the Department’s own failings. Provincial Treasury and Health have approached the High Court in Makhanda in a bid to: …


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The Democratic Alliance notes Dr Rolene Wagner’s appointment as the new Superintendent General of the beleaguered Eastern Cape Department of Health. She is suitably qualified for the position and brings a wealth of medical and administrative experience, from both the public and private sectors. However, we are under no illusions as to the enormity of the challenges she will face in her new role, and without strong political backing to …


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