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Dr Beyers Naude Municipality shuts down libraries

February 3rd, 2019

The failing ANC government has shown that it has no interest in providing their communities with much needed resources to help give the people a fighting chance of securing jobs and improving their education. This after the Dr Beyers Naude Local Municipality announced that it would be closing all 12 of their libraries from Monday, 4 February, because the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture has failed to pay …

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DRDAR: Dutywa Agri-park “irreparable”

January 30th, 2019

The Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform have said that the vandalism of the Dutwya Agri-park has caused irreparable damage to infrastructure. The fact that the Dutywa Agri-park has been allowed to be vandalised to such an extent that it is inoperable, has thrown emerging farmers to the wolves. DRDAR MEC Xolile Nqatha must account as to how officials could allow a valuable asset like this to degenerate to …

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Further drought could cripple Eastern Cape farmers

November 14th, 2018

The Eastern Cape is facing the possibility of deepening drought conditions that could decimate an already crippled Eastern Cape agricultural system. I will be writing to the MEC of Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Xolile Nqatha, to request details on what plans, if any, they have put in place to assist farmers in the face of an extended drought, as well as what steps they are taking to …

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DSRAC fails community libraries

October 31st, 2018

The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture has failed dismally in meeting its targets for its community libraries programme in the province. The recently tabled 2017/18 Annual Report shows that of the 10 000 additional curriculum learner support materials that were supposed to be purchased to assist learners, the department only managed to purchase 296. That is 9 733 less than their intended target. The department further failed to …

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Failure of Wi-Fi rollout at libraries depriving communities of opportunity

September 28th, 2018

The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture is failing in the roll-out Wi-Fi services to libraries across the province, despite having been responsible for the implementation thereof for more than a year now. This lack of implementation is taking opportunities away from communities that are most in need, who cannot afford the high cost of data and rely on public access to the internet. The shift to digital is …

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