Do you want to serve your community as a DA Councillor?

October 26, 2018

The DA won Kouga Municipality in 2016 and have started to turn the organisation around after many years of neglect and poor administration.

There is a vacancy as a Proportional Representation (PR) Councillor who will serve on Council and join the team who have been responsible for improving service delivery and creating a better life for all of Kouga’s residents.

More more information please contact Carla Schoeman at carlas@da.org.za or phone via 084 704 6973.

 

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Beware of those who steal from the poor in the name of the poor

October 23, 2018

What started in 2001 with a policy of expropriating unused land without compensation very soon ramped up to expropriating productive land and businesses.

Food and other shortages arose as investment dried up. The state responded to food shortages with price controls, which inevitably caused even more productive land to fall into disuse.

The state now controls almost all economic activity in Venezuela.

Many voters believe that Cyril Ramaphosa needs a “stronger mandate” in 2019, so that he can save South Africa from the ANC.

Effectively, this means they feel they should vote for the ANC to save SA from the ANC.

Venezuela’s experience should warn people not to rely on personalities, but rather to support real reform and liberal democracy.

In 2019, a vote for the DA will be a vote for strong, independent institutions that protect our nation’s freedom and wealth.

Mmusi Maimane

John Steenhuisen to visit Jeffreys Bay

October 20, 2018

Voters from the Kouga region have the opportunity to meet the DA Leader and Premier Candidate of the Eastern Cape, Nqaba Bhanga, and engage with Parliamentarian, John Steenhuisen in Jeffreys Bay on 26 October 2018.

John will be discussing Expropriation without Compensation and the DA’s position on the land issue.

The event will take place at de Viswijf restaurant in Jeffreys Bay on 26 October at 18:30.

Tickets cost R 350 and include a three course meal at de Viswijf and a welcoming drink.

Tickets can be booked through Johan Pienaar at johanp@da.org.za

Steenhuisen is known for his oratory skills and has delivered a number of speeches to Parliament that have been noted for their wit and incisive criticism of the African National Congress,

DA-governed Kouga Municipality secures R150 million to fight drought

October 19, 2018

The Kouga Local Municipality has, through good governance and proactive planning, yet again secured a victory for its residents.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks has confirmed that his government has procured more than R151 million for drought relief.

The first allocation of R58,7 million will be paid to Kouga through the Provincial Disaster Relief Grant. This money will benefit 23 868 people in the region.

This first allocation will be used to develop, refurbish, equip and connect boreholes in Hankey, Patensie, Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and Oyster Bay.

The extraction and treatment of water from the Klein River at Hankey and existing springs will also be developed with this grant.

The second allocation of R92,5 million will be released to Kouga through the Water Services Infrastructure Grant and is expected to benefit 12 623 households.

About R27 million will be used to expand the programme to identify and repair leaks. The money will also be used to replace old pipes, particularly in high-risk areas, as well as for water pressure management at reservoirs.

A total of R35 million will go towards the upgrading of the Jeffreys Bay water treatment works, while R20 million will be used to refurbish the natural springs at Humansdorp.

The DA-governed Kouga Municipality is constantly working for the people and this can be seen from its many other successes.

Since the DA took over the government of Kouga in August 2016 the municipality has distributed 1827 title deeds.

The DA Kouga government also switched on electricity to more than 500 households in areas such as Donkerhoek and Kruisfontein.

“A DA government brought the change that created One South Africa for All in the  Municipality.

This kind of change speeds up the delivery of quality services which the DA is committed to bring to the whole of the Eastern Cape,” said Andrew Whitfield, the DA Provincial Chairperson.

Óver 1800 title deeds handed out in Kouga

October 14, 2018

Hankey was the final stop for the first leg of Kouga Municipality’s community outreach programme of issuing title deeds to long-awaiting home-owners across the region.

The Vusumzi Landu Hall was buzzing, with residents coming to collect the document which confirms them as property owners.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality was proud of being a catalyst for people’s self-determination and development.

“We are happy that we are able to affirm you as owners of your properties, to bring an end to all the uncertainty and to allow you to use your ownership status to exploit opportunities in business and education and to leave a secured legacy for generations of your families,” he said.

Most of the houses were registered in 2006 with the Deeds Office, but the title deeds were never given to their owners.

“We have made it our mission, as this leadership, that no title deed must remain with the municipality or any government institution, but must reside with the rightful owner,” he said.

The Mayor hand-delivered title deeds to three elderly and frail residents who could not make it to the gathering due to age and ill-health.

Among them was 92-year-old Andries Amsterdam who said he would treasure the document with his life.

“You leave me here a happy man, a very happy man. I will now be able to pass this house on to those who come after me without any uncertainties when the time comes for me to depart,” he said.

In total 319 title deeds were issued in Hankey over two days.

Residents who are unsure of their status are encouraged to inquire with the municipality’s Human Settlements officials at all units.

Our Communities need to be safe

October 10, 2018

The residents of Ward 5 in Humansdorp made it clear at the IDP meeting last night that they feel unsafe on their streets and in their homes.

Youngsters who are high on drugs and armed with pangas are roaming the neighbourhood and there was even a murder on Sunday where a young man was stabbed to death.

The DA has a plan to make our police service honest, professional and effective in fighting crime. We will focus on:

  1. Fighting corruption within the police;
  2. Retraining police officers to serve and protect with pride;
  3. Hiring people with a passion for policing;
  4. Instituting an effective drug-busting force within the South African Police Service; and
  5. Ensuring that law and order is maintained in our communities and that there are effective arrests, prosecutions and convictions of criminals.

Lets vote for change in 2019 and make our streets safe again.

 

Join Team One South Africa!

October 8, 2018

Thousands of South Africans have already signed up as activists for the DA’s 2019 Election Campaign.

Whether it be through online campaigning, going door to door, or working at your local voting station on election day, you can help spread our message of change.

Join Team One South Africa to help us realise the vision of Nelson Mandela.

Together, we can build One South Africa for All!

Join the team by clicking https://www.teamonesouthafrica.co.za/

DA-governed Kouga Municipality reduces title deed backlog

October 4, 2018

The DA-governed Kouga Local Municipality has handed out the last of a backlog of almost 1700 title deeds.

Mayor Horatio Hendricks handing out title deeds in Hankey yesterday with 100 year old Mr Thomas Bambani eventually receiving his title deed.

Mayor Horatio Hendricks handing out a long overdue title deed

Under the failing and uncaring ANC-led Kouga Municipality a backlog of title deeds, stretching over a period of more than two decades, was created.

 Since the DA took over the government of Kouga in August 2016 the municipality has now distributed 1688 title deeds.

Some KwaNomzamo residents have waited since 1996 before receiving title deeds from the DA government.

ANC Ward Councillor Velile Vumazonke waited since 1998 before he recently received his title deed in Humansdorp.

The former ANC Speaker of Council, Magdalene Dhlomo, also received her deed in Patensie.

Title deeds were handed out in the following areas:

Thornhill – 205
Kruisfontein, Humansdorp – 631
Sea Vista, St Francis Bay – 87
Patensie – 194
Pellsrus, Jeffreys Bay – 141
Hankey – 324
KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp – 106

“Mayor Hendricks said it best when he stated that giving people ownership of their properties is an effective means of empowering them and allowing them access to the economy,” said Andrew Whitfield, the chairperson of the DA in the Eastern Cape.

“The DA government in Kouga has brought the change that residents voted for in 2016.

This is the kind of change which the DA can bring to the whole of the Eastern Cape in 2019,” added Whitfield.

Suspension of Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager a blow to clean governance

October 3, 2018

The suspension of Mr Johann Mettler as Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager is a huge blow to clean governance in the Metro.

The ANC-led coalition of corruption has, at the insistence of their executive mayor, Mongameli Bobani, suspended someone that made a tremendous contribution to turning the fortunes of the City around.

Bobani has always had a vendetta against Mr Mettler and yesterday he eventually got his way.

The charges against Mr Mettler are trumped up and he has fully and comprehensively replied to the allegations.

2019 DA election manifesto

Mr Mettler is widely considered to be one of the best Municipal Managers in the country. He is held in such high regard that a former Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, seconded him to NMB.

During Mettler’s term of office corruption to the tune of hundreds of millions of Rand was exposed and many dubious contracts set aside.

The coalition government led by former NMB Executive Mayor Athol Trollip took a principled decision to keep politics out of the administration.

The coalition government, with the assistance of Mr Mettler achieved amongst others the following:

– Exposed the IPTS corruption network;

– Exposed the Access Facilities Management corruption;

– Implemented a credible performance management system for senior and middle management;

– Oversaw the implementation of a bucket eradication program. In less than 24 months bucket toilets was reduced by more than 60%;

– Negotiated the successful return of the Housing Competency for NMB as from 1 July 2019;

– Completely overhauled the Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes in order to safeguard against corruption; and

– Severely reduced Fruitless, Wasteful, Unauthorized and Irregular Expenditure.

Although Mettler is likely to be vindicated at the end of the process, the City is set to be the biggest loser. Not only have we lost an extremely competent administrator but it is also highly likely that we will have to pay Mettler a substantial settlement.

This opens the Metro up to more looting, as was the status quo before the failing ANC before it was removed from government in 2016.

By Nqaba Bhanga – Eastern Cape Provincial Leader and Premier Candidate

Stop the attack on South African citizens

October 2, 2018

On Wednesday, petrol goes up again – the seventh increase in just 10 months. This time by a record 99c per litre.

Our government is making the people of this country pay for its corruption and mismanagement, roughly one third (R5.30) – of the cost of petrol per litre goes directly to government via the General Fuel Levy & Road Accident Fund Levy.

South Africans are getting poorer, and the government’s answer to this is to increase the cost of living for all South Africans.

Enough is enough. Sign the petition by clicking the link below

https://www.stopthetaxattack.co.za

If taxi fares go up, you could pay R447 more every month!

People are struggling to make ends meet, and the ANC’s tax attack continues unabated.

In 2018 alone, the ANC-government has increased:

  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Income Tax increase
  • Sin tax
  • Sugar tax
  • RAF & General Fuel Levy

The fact is that South Africans are being made to pay for the ANC’s corruption and mismanagement of the economy over the last decade.

The fuel levy in neighbouring countries is minuscule compared to ours. Botswana adds just 40c per litre, while the ANC government adds R5.30 per litre.

The ANC must immediately reduce the Road Accident Fund and general fuel levy by at least R1, and balance the budget by CUTTING corruption – not taking from the pockets of the people.

If you stand with us, sign the petition and share it with your friends.