Nqaba Bhanga

Nqaba Bhanga was born in Port Elizabeth, KwaZakhele, Nobatana Street in 1977 on August 28. He started his primary schooling at Ebhongweni Primary School at age eight due to his mother’s unemployment – she could not afford to register Nqaba or acquire a birth certificate to prove his age.

It was at the historic KwaZakhele High School that he first got involved in politics, elected the regional chairperson of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas).

Nqaba joined the African National Congress and became Nelson Mandela Bay ANC Youth Leader, an SRC president at the Port Elizabeth Technikon (now Nelson Mandela University) where he graduated with his first qualification in Public Administration and later studied towards a postgraduate qualification in Maritime Studies.

The Provincial Leader also served as the national secretary general of the South African Student Congress (SASCO), and then the youth leader of the breakaway Congress of the People (COPE) and its member of Parliament, before switching to the DA in 2014.

The switch followed a conversation with Federal Chairperson, Athol Trollip, where they agreed that the people of Nelson Mandela Bay needed leaders to work together to save first Nelson Mandela Bay and, ultimately, the Eastern Cape and South Africa.


Eastern Cape departments are splurging almost R20,3-million a month on office rental, costing taxpayers over R243-million a year. This rental figure has escalated by over R5-million, up from the R238 million paid in 2018. This money could rather be spent on purchasing suitable buildings or constructing fit-for-purpose office space, which would insulate the departments from rising rental costs. Premier Oscar Mabuyane confirmed that the bulk of the rental expenditure is …

Read More

Critical vacancies in Eastern Cape provincial departments need to be filled as a matter of urgency, as these posts are related to service delivery and are vital in the execution of the departments’ respective mandates. In response to a parliamentary question, Premier Oscar Mabuyane said there are currently 2536 posts that have been identified as critical posts. He also said vacant posts should be filled within six months of being …

Read More

Residents of Ward 10 in the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality yesterday reaffirmed their trust in the Democratic Alliance (DA) after the party retained the ward following a hard fought by-election. The DA’s candidate in the Enoch Mgijima Ward 10 by-election, Tokkie Deysel, emerged victorious and obtained 74% of the valid vote cast. The DA’s support in ward 10 shows a massive increase and the party improved on the 46,75% share …

Read More

On Tuesday morning, angry learners at the troubled Atwell Madala High School in Mthatha burnt down ten prefab classrooms that had desks, textbooks and other school materials in them. This is part of a growing revolt among learners against the state of our education institutions in the Eastern Cape, coming from their desperation to get an education in a country that is facing an unemployment crisis. We are seeing protests …

Read More

Despite the illegal strike action at the Ngqura Port Terminal (NPT) having reportedly come to an end, Transnet has indicated that it will take two weeks, at the very least, to get back on schedule. This, while the Eastern Cape economy continues to lose tens of millions of rands every day. The Eastern Cape automotive sector is losing an estimated R42-million a day. The citrus industry, despite a bumper crop, …

Read More