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New Transport MEC must step up this Transport Month

October 3rd, 2022

October serves as transport month and an opportunity for the Department of Transport to showcase infrastructure. New Roads and Transport MEC, Xolile Nqatha, will however have his work cut out for him to get his Department in order. Over Heritage Day weekend more than 20 people lost their lives on Eastern Cape roads, causing pain and loss to families, particularly when they lose a breadwinner. Sadly, this carnage is not …

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EC Scholar Transport is in crisis

September 19th, 2022

The Eastern Cape Scholar Transport system is in crisis, with thousands of learners across the province not attending school once this year because they have no means of getting to their classrooms. On Friday last week, I conducted oversight at Clarkson Primary school, where learners have missed out on six months of learning because their scholar transport driver died. The sad plight of the children from Clarkson Primary is heartbreaking, …

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EC municipalities sabotaging opportunities for safer streets

August 24th, 2022

Residents highly frustrated with the lack of law and order and potholes across the Eastern Cape could be experiencing safer streets if delinquent municipalities simply paid their debts to the Department of Roads and Transport. The DA is calling on the new Transport MEC, Xolile Nqatha, to ensure that all outstanding monies from municipalities are paid promptly and speedily to the Department of Transport without any fear or favour. It …

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Roads deteriorate, while R68 million blown on accident damaged state vehicles

July 25th, 2022

While residents are forced to travel on potholed roads, risk their lives and damage to their vehicles due to a shortage of funds for maintenance, the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Transport has blown through R68 million on accident-damaged state-owned vehicles over the past three years. Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe must take action against departments and their officials who do not look after state-owned resources. This level of wastage …

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Another dark day as more learners’ lives lost

June 15th, 2022

The Democratic Alliance wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the parents, family and friends who tragically lost loved ones from Ndamase Senior Secondary School in a horrific crash in Ngqeleni outside Mthatha yesterday. The DA is also calling on the MEC for Roads and Transport, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, to investigate the allegations that one of the vehicles, a bakkie, was being used as a scholar transport vehicle, which is expressly …

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DA extends condolences to families of horror N2 accident

March 21st, 2022

The Democratic Alliance wishes to extend its sincere condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in the horror crash on the N2 near Buffalo City this morning and wish those seriously injured a speedy recovery. The accident, wherein a bus collided with a fuel truck carrying diesel and capsized, took place on the N2 Freeway, just past the Brakfontein Bridge, towards Mthatha. The diesel tanker caught alight and, …

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By all means, fire MEC Tikana Gxothiwe, Premier!

February 7th, 2022

It is about time that Premier Oscar Mabuyane acts against the wayward Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe. There has been a dark cloud over MEC Tikana Gxothiwe’s head, and the Democratic Alliance has been calling on Premier Mabuyane to dismiss her for years. The Transport MEC has long shirked her duties as a member of Mabuyane’s executive. Not only has she failed to fulfil her duties, but she and her …

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Online booking system in BCMM welcomed, but backlogs must be addressed

February 1st, 2022

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the move to online bookings for learner’s and driving licences in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, but backlogs need to be addressed. Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe must ensure that Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) in BCM, and across the province, are capacitated to deal with the growing backlog for learner and driving licenses. It is clear that the current licencing centres cannot handle the existing workload. The …

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Scholar Transport shambles gets 2022 academic year off to poor start

January 19th, 2022

The academic year for thousands of learners across the Eastern Cape has started poorly as the scholar transport meant to get them to school is in shambles. Transport operators have not been paid since November due to a lack of funds despite the Department of Transport slashing the number of learners receiving scholar transport last year, from over 124 000 to 103 000, due to budget constraints. Now even less …

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210 fatalities in 42 days is nothing to celebrate

January 18th, 2022

The staggering death of 210 people on Eastern Cape roads over the Festive Season is nothing to celebrate, despite Minister Fikile Mbalula’s attempts to do so. While the official death toll on Eastern Cape roads might be down slightly, from 228 fatalities last year, it is still unacceptable that so many people lost their lives on our roads. The truth is that there has been little to no political will …

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