Yusuf Cassim


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The unimpressive adjustment budget that was tabled by Finance MEC Mlungisi Mvoko in the Eastern Cape Legislature today is a sad reflection of the state of the fiscus in general. The MEC failed to come up with any innovative ideas and out-of-the-box thinking to shift resources away from a non-core expenditure to core expenditure. We simply cannot carry on in this manner and bold steps need to be taken to …


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The Eastern Cape will not have a voice in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) today, where the National Adjustments Budget is being discussed, due to the abysmal turnout at the public hearings last week Friday. The only stakeholder to join the public hearing on the 2022 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill and give input was Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, DA councillor Retief Odendaal. Once the adjustments budget is …


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Despite being instructed by the Eastern Cape Legislature to ensure that a water disaster plan is put in place for schools in and around the Nelson Mandela Bay area, nothing has been done. Should day zero arrive, our learners’ education will be severely disrupted. Schools could become hotspots of infection as sanitation conditions deteriorate. Learners would be faced with the very real choice of either staying home and missing school, …


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Learners across Nelson Mandela Bay face the prospect of school closures if day zero hits because the EC Department of Education has failed to honour the deadline to put a water disaster plan in place for schools. Learners cannot be expected to relieve themselves in open fields and learn in unhygienic conditions. The DA will be approaching the Speaker of the Eastern Cape Legislature to get answers from the Department …


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The Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECdoE) is failing in its mandate to manage Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres, with hundreds of ECD centres apparently not being paid since the Department took over in April this year. The Democratic Alliance has raised this issue with the Education Department and with Education MEC, Fundile Gade, to have these non-payments resolved as a matter of urgency. We will continue to fight for …


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