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Speech notes: Ushering in a new approach to the delivery of government services.

September 3rd, 2020
Vicky Knoetze

The following speech was delivered by Vicky Knoetze, MPL in support of a motion tabled by DA EC Leader in the Legislature, Bobby Stevenson, in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, on 23 July 2020. GLOBAL GOVERNANCE – A NEW APPROACH TO SERVICE DELIVERY The approach of delivering services to communities by government, namely that of co-operative governance is inadequate to provide the needs of all people. Over the last two …

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Member’s Statement: Eastern Cape Municipalities hit rock-bottom

July 3rd, 2020

The Auditor General’s Report was especially damning for municipalities in the Eastern Cape – it showcases the deteriorating state of local government in the province – if you ever wondered what rock-bottom looks like – this is it! 83% of municipalities are facing significant cash-flow restraints. 38% of municipalities’ expenses exceed their revenue. 24 municipalities are unable to pay their creditors. Only 1 municipality received a clean audit. 15 municipalities …

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Speech notes: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

July 2nd, 2020

Local Government in the Eastern Cape is collapsing More than 14 Municipalities are in distress and unable to pay creditors. ESKOM debt has spiralled out of control and is bringing municipalities to its knees. The illusive stimulus packages to assist with Covid19 is not forth-coming. Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Honourable members and guests, good morning. The fact that this department is spending 93.8% of its budget on the cost of …

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Speech notes: Department of Public Works Policy Report and Budget 2020/21

July 1st, 2020

THE DPW’s PERSISTENT IDENTITY CRISIS IS HAMPERING EFFECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY IN THE EC • The DPW has an identity crisis – the continuous struggle to reinvent itself is hampering infrastructure delivery in the Eastern Cape. • The illusive Bisho precinct is a perpetual hole into which money is thrown without any progress while office leases spiral out of control. • The policy of the Department to award building leases based …

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Speech notes: Reaction to SOPA 2020 by Vicky Knoetze, MPL

March 3rd, 2020

THE TRUE STATE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN THE EASTERN CAPE – A THIRD OF LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES HAS COLLAPSED! A third of the Local Municipalities in the Eastern Cape are in a free-fall and in state of distress – this is the true state of the Province. SOPA was silent on 14 Municipalities in Distress, the State of Basic Service Delivery in the EC which is the poorest province in South …

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Speech Notes: Department of Roads and Public Works Annual Report and Financial Oversight Debate

December 5th, 2018

INNOVATION IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING REAL PROGRESS An enabling environment must be created for innovation in boosting the economy for the Department that is the infrastructure nerve centre of the province. Honourable speaker, honourable premier, honourable members and guests, good morning. Honourable Speaker, in examining the report of the DRPW it becomes more and more evident that there needs to be a focus on increasing accountability through effective oversight …

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Speech notes: COGTA Annual Report for 2017/18

December 4th, 2018

THE COLLAPSE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT – THE BEGINNING OF THE END The collapse of local government, the first sign of the end of days for the government of the day. Service delivery will buckle and the society’s most vulnerable will suffer the most. Honourable Speaker, honourable Premier, Honourable Members and guests, good afternoon. Honourable Speaker, when the sphere of government closest to the people starts collapsing it is indicative that …

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Presentation of Report of Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

October 18th, 2018

Taking legislature to the People Elliotdale, Amathole District Municipality 18 October 2018 A MAYDAY CALL FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENT – SAVE OUR SOULS The sphere of government closest to the people has been sending out a distress call for years to no avail. Many local municipalities in the Eastern Cape are on the brink of collapse as they face severe financial challenges, are unable to deliver services and are hamstrung by …

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Speech: Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill

October 9th, 2018

THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE AGREES IN PRINCIPLE TO THE BILL BUT WILL NOT SUPPORT TO DUE TO VARIOUS SHORT-COMINGS The Democratic Alliance is in favour of the acknowledgement of the Khoi and the San people, as people that has been largely ignored by the government to date. The Democratic Alliance will not support the Bill in its current form due to various short-comings. Honourable speaker, honourable premier, honourable members and guests, …

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Speech notes: Consideration of the CoGTA Portfolio Committee’s oversight report

August 15th, 2018

EASTERN CAPE MUNICIPALITIES LIVING FROM HAND TO MOUTH Irregular expenditure, maladministration and corruption is rife in Eastern Cape Municipalities Service Delivery is buckling under the pressure of severe maladministration in the Eastern Cape Honourable speaker, honourable premier, honourable members and guests, good afternoon. From the visits of the Portfolio Committee it is clear that Service Delivery in the Eastern Cape is buckling under the pressure of maladministration, huge amounts of …

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