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Province spends R91 million on accident-damaged state vehicles

November 22nd, 2019

The Eastern Cape Provincial Government has spent in excess of R91-million on accident-damaged state-owned vehicles over the past three years. This level of wastage is completely unacceptable and raises serious concerns about the misuse and abuse of state-owned vehicles by officials. In response to a parliamentary question, Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, revealed that over the past three financial years, the province had written off vehicles collectively valued at over R28,622 …

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Eastern Cape must clamp down on unroadworthy vehicles to curb road deaths in province

November 15th, 2019

The Eastern Cape must clamp down on unroadworthy vehicles that are making use of the province’s roads, as these vehicles place the lives of their occupants and those of other road users at risk. This Sunday, 17 November 2019, as we remember the lives lost in road accidents as part of the World Remembrance Day for road traffic victims, the Democratic Alliance is calling on the MEC for Transport, Weziwe …

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Residents take to fixing potholes after MEC fails to meet her own deadlines

October 17th, 2019

Residents have taken to fixing potholes on a provincial road in the Buffalo City Municipality, after repeated promises from the MEC of Transport have failed to materialize. This week I, together with DA councilor Sue Bentley, conducted oversight of the R500 outside East London, linking Kayser Beach to the R72, to find a provincial road with knee deep potholes. This oversight has once again highlighted that the existing model of …

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More needs to be done to protect the lives of Eastern Cape road-users

October 3rd, 2019

Drastic action needs to be taken if we are to address the ongoing carnage on the Eastern Cape roads that is claiming the lives of thousands of loved ones across the province. This week, as we enter Transport Month, at least eight people have died and twenty-two have been seriously injured. The Democratic Alliance would like to extend our sincere condolences to the families of those who have been tragically …

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Only 538 provincial traffic law enforcement officers employed to cover entire province

September 16th, 2019

There needs to be more law enforcement officers on the Eastern Cape Roads to curb the spiraling death toll that is sweeping through the province, claiming the lives of loved ones. The latest data provided by the Department of Transport has revealed that just 538 law enforcement officers are employed to patrol the entire province’s provincial road network. According to the Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, the current ratio of law …

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New stats reveal 1666 lives lost on EC roads last year

August 28th, 2019

Newly released statistics from the Department of Transport have revealed that 1666 people tragically lost their lives on the roads in 2018, with the most accidents and lives lost recorded in the O R Tambo district. In response to a parliamentary question Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, has now confirmed that 1666 lives were lost in 1320 crashes involving 1614 vehicles during 2018. That’s more than four lives every day, lost …

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More lives lost while MEC dilly-dallies on 24-hour traffic law enforcement

July 15th, 2019

Another school holiday has passed and the carnage continues on our Eastern Cape roads, while the same promises are made, but no real action is taken. The DA repeats its call to Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, for the immediate implementation of a shift-system for 24-hour traffic law enforcement on Eastern Cape roads. Six months ago, I asked the Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, what steps or initiatives her Department had in …

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Mthatha Airport crisis could easily have been avoided

January 25th, 2019

The shutdown of the Mthatha Airport rests squarely on the shoulders of the failing ANC government, and is a direct result of a couldn’t-care-less attitude in addressing problems caused by their own lack of action. The South African Civil Aviation Authority stopped all commercial flights from landing at or leaving Mthatha airport as at 6am this morning (subs: Friday 25 January), a month after the Department was notified about shortcomings …

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Festive Season death toll on EC roads a crisis

January 16th, 2019

The Eastern Cape death toll on the roads over the Festive Season is a sad indictment of a failing ANC government that has neglected its responsibilities. With the second highest fatalities in the country, the province saw 238 people lose their lives in 195 car accidents. This is up from the previous season, where 213 lives were lost in 173 accidents from 1 December 2017 to 15 January 2018. It …

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Focus on road safety this Festive Season

December 14th, 2018
Marshall von Buchenroder

As the Festive Season gets underway, traffic safety and road fatalities will once again be in the spotlight. Unfortunately, road accidents will make this a time of great sadness, instead of a time of celebration, for many families. This also has a devastating impact on the economy, as the loss of life and injury comes at a very high cost. Between 1 December last year and January 15, 173 accidents …

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