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There needs to be a strong focus on cost cutting measures and financial responsibility from the MEC for Finance, Mlungisi Mvoko, during the tabling of the Adjustment Appropriation Bill in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature tomorrow. Last month Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, made it clear that it cannot be business as usual, and that significant cost cutting across the board is in the pipeline. The Eastern Cape government needs …


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There is no comprehensive, interdepartmental plan in place to combat the crippling drought that has gripped the Eastern Cape, as the crisis affecting the province deepens. During a feedback session to the Rural Development and Agrarian Reform portfolio committee on Friday last week, it was revealed that the province has only applied for R643 million in drought assistance from National Treasury, of which R455,3 million has been requested for fodder. …


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The Democratic Alliance welcomes the fact that the province has now been declared a disaster area, but we remain concerned that the province does not have a comprehensive drought plan that will enable us to deal swiftly and effectively with all drought related disasters. All authorities need to be on high alert, to identify critical areas where intervention is needed, to tackle the drought head on. The Eastern Cape is …


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For over two years the provincial government has been promising the rationalisation of its public entities. Reports have been compiled, but there is no action. Its all bark but no bite. Given the state of the national fiscus, it is time for action, otherwise salaries for the bloated public entities will continue to increase, while overall service delivery will continue to decline. Bloated and inefficient Eastern Cape provincial entities are …


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The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes today’s gazetting of Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s declaration of the province as a drought disaster area. [SEE Gazetted Declaration] The DA has been calling on the Premier to declare the province a disaster area for months, as this will allow the national government to make much needed drought relief funding available to the province. There is no doubt that the Eastern Cape is currently …


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