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The Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury has launched an investigation into the alleged reckless lending practices of the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA). This follows after the Democratic Alliance exposed how the ECDRA’s practice of granting unsecured loans at ridiculously low interest rates has led to millions of Rands being lost. Given the parlous state of public finances, reckless lending practises by state entities is criminal and has to be …


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The Democratic Alliance cannot support a budget that does not take steps to address the challenges within the collapsing Health Department, or make provision to address the ongoing debilitating drought in the province. The Department of Health has already blown through 16% of its new budget, spending R4,3 billion on paying suppliers for services delivered in the previous financial year. The growing accruals, alongside the ever-escalating medico-legal claims, up R6 …


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The Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform’s (DRDAR) ban on game meat processing outside of an abattoir could kill off the hunting industry in the Eastern Cape. A recent letter addressed to all game farms and abattoirs in the province, noted with concern that game farms were dressing game meat for human and animal consumption outside of an abattoir, and instructed them to stop or face prosecution. Download letter …


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The drought affecting the Eastern Cape is growing more dire by the day. Still, Premier Oscar Mabuyane refuses to declare the province a disaster area. Years of requests to the Premier and the national departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the Department of Water Affairs (DWA), to take action and address the growing water crisis in the province, have fallen on deaf ears. See Timeline of Drought …


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What will it take for the Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, to admit that his province is facing a catastrophic water shortage and must be declared a drought disaster area? Nelson Mandela Bay and Kouga are literally months away from dry taps. The Kouga dam is now at 4.48%. It is estimated that in two months, no more water will be able to be extracted from it. When this happens, …


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