Eastern Cape: budget vote speeches

Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature Caucus

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature today by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Ross Purdon MPL, and Shadow MEC for Human Settlements, Kobus Botha MPL, during the budget vote debates of provincial departments.

Speech by Ross Purdon, MPL

DA Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

“Creating an environment for investment and jobs”

  • 50% of the procurement budget is to be spent on goods and services from the Eastern Cape.
  • SMME’s and Co-ops must be paid on time to ensure their survival.
  • Good management and protection of our natural environment is non-negotiable.

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Speech by Kobus Botha, MPL

DA spokesperson on Transport

“Transport budget not conducive to the great need of extensive improvement and development of transportation excellence”

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Speech by Kobus Botha, MPL

DA Shadow MEC for Human Settlements

“Housing budget insufficient to address housing back-log in Eastern Cape”

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Speech by Ross Purdon, MPL

DA Shadow MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture

“About nation building and social cohesion”

  • Only 5% of the budget for museums is for infrastructure and 2% for operations.
  • Miscommunication and infighting between the department and the provincial Heritage Resource Agency has led to a backlog in processing of permit allocations.
  • Sport can break down barriers that other areas of society struggle to match.

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