R17.4 million wasted on blowing MEC Maile’s trumpet

by Janet Semple MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Economic Development Gauteng Department of Economic Development MEC Lebogang Maile’s vanity has seen his department blow an additional R13.4 million on deviations in the 2017/18 financial year, all of which has been spent on advertising. According to the department’s fourth…

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ANC-led Gauteng government fails to support farming cooperatives

by Janet Semple MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Economic Development The ANC-led Gauteng administration is not doing enough to support small scale farming co-operatives despite having mechanisms meant to provide funding and necessary support to these initiatives. During a Democratic Alliance oversight inspection of the Bright Future Agricultural…

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Listeriosis outbreak causes pig farmers to shed jobs

by Janet Semple MPL – DA Constituency Head of Boksburg North It is concerning that very little financial support is being given to small-scale and emerging pig farmers in Gauteng. During the recent outbreak of Listeriosis, Gauteng small-scale farmers were forced to sell their pigs to abattoirs at a lower…

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Brian Hlongwa must be held accountable for his actions

By Janet Semple MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Economic Development   Note to Editors: The following speech was delivered in the Gauteng Legislature during the DA/EFF motion debate on ANC Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa’s fitness to hold office. Madam Speaker, Honourable Brian Hlongwa, in interviews with the media, has stated that…

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Gauteng Economic Development bloat should be cut to stimulate growth

Speech by Janet Semple MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Economic Development The total budget of the Department of Economic Development grew from R1,4 billion to R1.5 billion in the 2018/2019 financial year – an increase of 6,8%. The bulk of this budget was transferred to the Department’s entities with the largest…

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