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Learners abandoned as EC Education Department collapses

August 17th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

It has become abundantly clear that the Eastern Cape Education Department is collapsing and is simply unable to meet the needs of the learners they should be educating. I have written to Premier Oscar Mabuyane, and the DA will be raising our concerns in the Education portfolio committee meeting, to call for immediate steps to be taken to address these shortfalls. During recent school oversight visits across the province, the …


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Eastern Cape Premier leaves province powerless

August 4th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

The people and businesses of the Eastern Cape will have to endure the worst of Eskom’s continuous rolling blackouts, as Premier Oscar Mabuyane has made it clear that there is no provincial plan to deal with the loadshedding crisis. Instead of leading the charge to get the province off the Eskom grid, the Premier has thrown his hands up in the air and made it clear that the province has …


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Amathole Municipal Manager a clear case of Cadre Deployment

June 23rd, 2022

Today the Democratic Alliance has opened a case against Amathole District Municipal Manager, Thandekile Mnyimba, for allegedly making fraudulent representations regarding his senior qualifications when applying for his job. Mnyimba has long been a thorn in the side of good governance and is a clear example of everything that is wrong with the ANC’s cadre deployment programme. It has come to light that the senior certificate which Mnyimba allegedly provided …


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Bhisho Precinct pipedream costs taxpayers millions with nothing to show

April 14th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

Nearly a decade later and with R38,5 million already spent, the only thing to show for the provincial government’s Bhisho Precinct pipedream is a patch of vacant land and empty promises. The staggering amount already spent on this failed project was revealed in response to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance, by Premier Oscar Mabuyane. Download Response This catalytic project would see seven provincial departments that currently rent office …


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DA launches Eastern Cape Water Watch initiative

March 22nd, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

As the world celebrates international World Water Day today, the Democratic Alliance has launched our Water Watch Eastern Cape initiative. This initiative, which will monitor the water quality results of all Eastern Cape municipalities on a quarterly basis, will serve as a watchdog for the public because, more often than not, municipalities don’t release compromised water quality results. We have experienced, first hand, how the province’s two metros, Nelson Mandela …


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The Democratic Alliance extends its condolences on the passing of Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima.

February 23rd, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

The Democratic Alliance would like to extend its sincerest condolences on the passing of Traditional Leader, Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima. Indeed, a great tree has fallen. Our heartfelt sympathies to his family, the House of Traditional Leaders and the Moral Regeneration Movement on his passing. Matanzima was one of the founding members of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders and served the people of this province diligently and with integrity …


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Little substance to EC State of the Province Address

February 17th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

Premier Oscar Mabuyane is living in a parallel universe – there is his state of the province, given this evening, and real state of the province. Mabuyane is acting as if everything is fine, whilst the province falls apart. The Premier spent a great deal of his time reporting on successes implemented by other stakeholders, and very little feedback on what his own administration has accomplished. He failed to address …


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SOPA needs to be more than empty promises

February 16th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

Premier Oscar Mabuyane needs to show that he is committed to help solve the problems we, the people of the Eastern Cape, are facing. We do not need more empty promises. We need action, hope and inspiration. The Premier needs to spell out how he will deal with the financial crisis in Health and Education and address collapsing local government, along with the gangsterism that is impacting our municipalities. Our …


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Place Health and Education under administration to save EC from cash crisis

February 7th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

The Eastern Cape is facing a dire cash shortage, driven by the unchecked spending of the departments of Health and Education, which is threatening provincial government’s ability to provide the most basic services to the people of this province. These departments, which account for 75% of the total provincial budget, have become a law unto themselves and need to be placed under administration as a matter of urgency, if we …


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SIU Report a shocking revelation of rampant Eastern Cape Covid-19 looting

January 25th, 2022
Nqaba Bhanga

Shocking revelations in the Special Investigating Unit’s Report on Covid-19 procurement have shown the extent to which Eastern Cape government officials colluded with suppliers to loot state coffers. These officials felt no shame as they helped themselves to funds meant to assist residents of the province during an unprecedented crisis. They have robbed residents of future opportunities. In the Eastern Cape alone, contracts valued at over R2,9 billion are under …


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