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The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) has been dishing out taxpayer’s money, as loans, with apparently no intention of getting it back, despite offering some of the lowest interest rates in the country. The ECDRA, which falls under the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, has been granting agricultural and non-agricultural loans to individuals at an interest rate as low as 3%. This means that the Eastern Cape …


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Eastern Cape residents and businesses have been especially hard hit by the economic fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic, as money owed to local government for services soars past R20-billion. Alarm bells should be ringing across the province for all local municipalities currently determining their rates and service increases for the new financial year. Ratepayers are already under significant strain, and excessive price hikes are more likely to result in additional …


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The ANC provincial government today have made it clear that, when it comes to addressing the crippling drought that the province is facing, they are leaving the people of this province to fight for themselves. The Democratic Alliance appealed to Premier Oscar Mabuyane to disclose his contingency plans, if any, to assist water-scarce municipalities with the drought crisis and declare a disaster area for the province during a sitting of …


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The seven-year drought that has decimated the western parts of the Eastern Cape has farmers on their knees. Despite continued calls on the Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, to declare these parts a disaster, the Eastern Cape provincial government seems hell-bent on refusing to assist farmers. A capable state would be investing heavily in drought mitigation and water augmentation measures to support an economic sector that is one of the …


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The Eastern Cape Budget tabled by Finance MEC Mlungisi Mvoko today could not accommodate all the promises made by Premier Oscar Mabuyane during his State of the Province Address. The Democratic Alliance welcomes the planned reduction in financial support to State Owned Entities, as well as plans to cut to cost of employment by R22,8 billion over the medium term, but notes with concern that no plans on how this …


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