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The latest bout of loadshedding is another devastating blow to Eastern Cape farmers, who are dependent on Eskom electricity supply to pump water for their irrigation needs. Some Eastern Cape farmers have already had their water allocations severely cut by the Department of Water Affairs, while others have also had to ration their own water supplies, due to the unprecedented drought conditions that have prevailed across the province for years. …


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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has demanded that both Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) and Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) appear before SCOPA to account for their actions in the mishandling of the ongoing drought crisis. See letter A capable state would have put a co-ordinated, inter-departmental rapid response task team together. This would ensure that the necessary support is provided to those in crisis, …


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The Eastern Cape Provincial Government was dealt a R3,476 billion blow during the Provincial Adjustments Budget tabled in the Eastern Cape Legislature today, which was cut from the province’s equitable share for compensation of employees from national government. MEC of Finance, Mulungisi Mvoko announced that the huge cut in employee funding had been offset, in part, by dipping into the Province’s financial reserves to the tune of R2 billion. This …


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The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement delivered by Mr Tito Mboweni on Wednesday, 28th of October 2020, made it very clear that the country is on the brink of a fiscal cliff. Mboweni painted a grim picture of an economy that has been decimated by the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, expected to contract by as much as 7.8% year-on-year. Gross debt is also set to rise from R4 trillion to …


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Speaker, in 2011 the Eastern Cape Provincial Government revealed its Climate Change Response Strategy at COP17. This 350-page document dealt with both the key climate change risks as well as the priority response options to climate change. This strategy stated that: “Climate change projections indicate that the Eastern Cape is expected to experience higher temperature increases towards the north-west interior of the Province. Increasing temperatures are likely to result in …


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