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The Democratic Alliance has reliably learnt that, less than a week after beginning work on the dysfunctional Craddock Waste Water Treatment Works, the contractor appointed by the Chris Hani District Municipality has downed tools. Last week, while at the site, I noted that a contractor was in the process of commencing with the much-needed work to bring the facility back online. Unfortunately, I have now been informed that the contractor …


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Speaker, in the Premiers’ State of the Province Address on Friday, the premier had some bold ideas relating to both infrastructure and economic development. What he unfortunately neglected to state was just how the dysfunctional state of local government in the Eastern Cape will frustrate his plans. You see Speaker, many municipalities in the Eastern Cape today are on the brink of collapse. The Auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu, had the following …


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Click on the appropriate link below to download the official question papers submitted to the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature during the first session of the 6th legislature. IQP 1 – 1st Session 6th Legislature


The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape has called on the Green Scorpions to investigate raw sewerage flowing into the Fish River at Cradock. The party’s Midland’s Constituency Leader, Retief Odendaal, says this will place the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people at risk. He says he visited the Local Municipality’s wastewater treatment plant in Cradock on Wednesday and was shocked to find it completely shut down, with no …


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Note to Editors: Please find attached soundbites in English and Afrikaans by Retief Odendaal MPL. Raw untreated sewage is flowing directly into the Great Fish River near Cradock, placing the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people at risk. This is an environmental and economic catastrophe that poses a significant health risk to individuals. Tuesday, 11 June 2019, I conducted an oversight inspection at the Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality’s wastewater …


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