Speech notes: Sopa debate

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature today by DA Shadow MEC for Education Edmund van Vuuren MPL, Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nokonwaba Matikinca MPL and Shadow MEC for Health Celeste Barker MPL during the debate on the State of the Province Address of the premier.

Speech by
Edmund van Vuuren, MPL
Shadow MEC for Education

“Premier fails to address core issues that stifle education”

  • No plans for learners affected by school closures if their new schools are not within walking distance
  • Measuring pass rate to determine the state of education is an absolute folly
  • Top slicing of teacher posts available in the province in order to allocate approximately 5% additional posts to poorer schools

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Speech by
Nokonwaba Matikinca, MPL
Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

“So much still needed for the Back to Basics campaign to work effectively”

  • The running of the municipalities by incompetent managers is the root cause of the problem
  • Tough measures need to be implemented for any corrupt activities and maladministration

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Speech by
Celeste Barker, MPL
Shadow MEC for Health

“Contradictions between reality and appearance”

  • Paper commitments to women’s economic inclusion will not transfer dignity, sustainability or economic independence
  • The time has come to break free from denialism and scapegoating
  • Every single person in our province deserves equal opportunity regardless of the circumstances of his/her birth

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