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National government have made R35 million available for drought relief funding that, while welcomed, is woefully inadequate to meet the needs of farmers who have been severely impacted by the worst drought on record. This is in response to the application submitted in November last year, where the province asked for R643 million in drought assistance from National Treasury, and comes at a time when Provincial Treasury has already projected …


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The Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature have adopted a pre-pandemic budget, despite being hit by the biggest health care crisis in a century. Even though the Eastern Cape Health Department is collapsing under the pressure of increasing COVID-19 infections, the province has adopted a budget with almost no additional funding for this struggling department. The Democratic Alliance accepts that it is impossible to address all of the inherent, historically fiscal problems …


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Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Leaders of Political Parties, Members of the House We are considering the proposed budget that is before us amidst the most challenging of times the world has known in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the world economy and South Africa and the Eastern Cape has not been left unscathed. Whilst South Africa had some very serious fiscal constraints before our national lockdown started on …


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Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Leaders of Political Parties, Members of the House According to STATS SA, South Africa recorded a decline of 2% in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2020. This data reflects only the first three months of 2020, before the nationwide lockdown was fully implemented. These worrying statistics come on the back of the announcement by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, that the country will …


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Speaker, as the province is still fighting the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, I think everyone in this house will agree with me that the farmers of the Eastern Cape, both commercial and emerging, have done sterling work in ensuring food security amidst this very trying time. I want to personally thank each and every one of them for their commitment to the wellbeing of the people of the Eastern …


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