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Damaged vehicles depriving Koukamma residents of basic services

July 21, 2018

The shocking state of municipal vehicles in the ANC-led Koukamma Local Municipality has caused an alarming decline in service delivery.

During an oversight inspection to the municipal storage yard in Joubertina, I came across 5 essential municipal vehicles in total disrepair.

These vehicles include three bakkies, one garbage removal truck and a grader used in the repair of roads. A trailer, also used for garbage removal, is also in a broken down state.

Some of the bakkies are without wheels and have been in disrepair for long enough to be overgrown by grass.

On Thursday, 12 July, residents of Rivina in Koukamma took to the streets to demonstrate their disapproval of the abhorrent delivery of services by the Municipality.

These residents are sick and tired of the current situation and know that only a DA governed municipality can save Koukamma from implosion.

Malcolm Figg MP – Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader

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Do you support land expropriation without compensation?

June 13, 2018

South Africans have until 15 June 2018 to make their voice heard in Parliament if they do not support land expropriation without compensation.

If enough South Africans fail to speak up, a parliamentary review committee could recommend changes to section 25 of the Constitution that would allow government to become the owner of all private homes and land in South Africa, forcing citizens to rent for life.

You can make a difference and do something constructive by submitting your comments via: LandOwnership.co.za.

A parliamentary review committee has been tasked with consulting South Africans before making any changes to private property rights in the Constitution.

Remember that according to law,  the committee must go through every comment submitted.

Visit LandOwnership.co.za and take action. If South Africans stand together,  we can stop land expropriation without compensation.

Dont only have an opinion amongst your friends and family on land ownership. Let government know what you feel by having your say and become part of the process.

The struggle in 2018 is for jobs

June 9, 2018

The DA commemorates the youth of 1976.

We will never forget the sacrifices made by those young people.

Their sacrifices mean that young South Africans have a voice in the political direction of their country.

But there is a new struggle for young people today. That struggle is joblessness.

After 24 years of democracy, young people are still provided an inadequate education that doesn’t prepare them sufficiently for the job market.

Young people are the worst affected by unemployment. Over 50% of our youth are without jobs. Which means, half of the country’s most productive workforce is unemployed.

Job creation is the only way that a South African government can empower young people. It is the only way to address the historical inequalities of the past which still exist today.

When a young person has a job, they are able to provide for themselves and their families.
Crucially, they are able to contribute to the country’s economy.

Unemployment is the greatest indictment on the ANC government. The indignity of joblessness can never be overstated.

Added to that, there seems to be no plan to improve the education system. Millions of learners in the school system are unable to read or write.

Our schools are not places of safety for young people. Instead, the Education department fails to vet the very teachers who are meant to be teaching our young people.

This youth month, the message to young South Africans is simple. One needs to register to vote so that we can usher in change for our youth.

The DA’s vision for South African youth is to see them:

1. Freed from the corrupt system
2. Safe from criminals
3. Enjoying access to quality education
4. Access to jobs

Where the DA governs, unemployment levels are lower than in the rest of the country. Under a national DA government young people would:

1) Have access to a national civilian service programme which would provide young school-leavers an opportunity to receive industry training in the fields of their choice.

2) free higher education for students who are unable to afford it.

3) grow the economy to enable true access to jobs and other job opportunities such as the EPWP programme and the Vukuzakhe programme which partners school leavers and the private sector.

That is why it is important that all young people register to vote.

To vote in this coming election, young South Africans must be registered to vote.

Change has never been needed so urgently for the youth.

DA confirms the cessation of Patricia de Lille’s membership

May 8, 2018

The Democratic Alliance leadership would like to provide feedback to the people of South Africa regarding the matter between the party and Mayor Patricia de Lille.

The party is deeply concerned about the impact this has had on the residents of Cape Town – the people we serve – and the general public.

It is no secret that the DA has suffered immeasurable damage because of this issue due to the lack of information presented to our voters.

That is why -when it was legally permissible to do so- the party has sought to be as transparent as possible as to what led to the disciplinary matter between Ms De Lille and the party.

At all times, the DA has followed due process in addressing the matter, while acting in the best interests of all the people of Cape Town and abiding by our deep commitment to delivering clean, accountable and transparent government wherever we may govern.

In the latter part of 2017, the leadership of the Democratic Alliance became aware of problems in its representatives in the City of Cape Town.

This resulted from both tensions in the caucus as well as allegations of maladministration involving senior politicians and officials in the City.

Both an Party investigation as well as a City of Cape Town investigation highlighted maladministration that caused the DA in the City to lose confidence in the Mayor and the way she was running the Cape Town.

Early in January, a substantial majority of the DA Caucus requested permission to permit them to move a motion of no confidence in De Lille

Permission was granted, and the motion was defeated by a single vote in the Council.

Over 70% of her caucus voted for the motion; yet she remained Mayor thanks to the grace and favour of the ANC/EFF and some 40 DA colleagues.

It must be emphasised that a motion of no confidence does not always relate to “allegations” or “charges”.

It can be introduced because of inefficiency or even style. It is a political judgement, not a legal finding.

To read the full article www.da.org.za

 

DAWN meets in Humansdorp

May 6, 2018

The Tsitsi-Kouga constituency DAWN (DA Woman’s Network) executive strategic planning meeting took place yesterday in Humansdorp under the leadership of Lisa Britz.

A self defense demonstration by a professional was also arranged for the women.

This is how we are taking the woman of our communities towards 2019.

An historic first for our constituency.

A braai was also organised by Cllr Fred Campher yesterday in Ward 4 which was enjoyed by all.

RIP Elza – we are going to miss you

April 20, 2018

Mayor Elza Van Lingen passed away peacefully at her home yesterday after a long struggle with cancer.

After overcoming the illness in 2009, it returned in 2016, just before the Municipal election, which was won by the DA in Kouga.

Despite being on chemotherapy, Elza worked long hours as she was determined to turn the Municipality around and deliver services to all its residents.

Kouga Speaker Horatio Hendricks said her death had come as a shock and that councillors and municipal staffers were in mourning.

“We knew she had cancer, but she was fighting it all the way. Just last week she was in Kou-kamma, moving from voting station to voting station for the by-election that took place there.”

He said she would be missed for her incredible work ethic.

“Even when she went for chemotherapy, she never took the day off but would first come to the office or return to her duties directly afterwards.

“She was a mentor to many of us and was very active on the ground. One of her favourite sayings was that a good leader’s shoes should never be clean.”

Elza handing out title deeds in Thornhill – a decade after the houses had been built.

The dynamic and passionate former Member of Parliament, Van Lingen was born and bred at Willowmore in the Eastern Cape.

She and her husband, Michael, ran a merino stud and farmed livestock and game. She was invited to get involved in politics at the time but declined as her children were still young.

That changed once her four children were grown up. The couple moved to Cape St Francis in 2000 where they ran a guesthouse.

The quality of the water in the town was of great concern to Van Lingen and her efforts to rectify it earned her an invitation to join the Cape St Francis Civic Association. Their main focus was on service delivery and the environment.

In 2002 she was approached to join the DA team and was elected as a DA councillor to the then Cacadu District Municipality (Sarah Baartman District Municipality).

She served as a district councillor for about six years before being elected by the DA to serve in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) during the 2009 Elections.

In November 2011 she was elected the Leader of the DA in the NCOP and re-elected again in 2014.

She was also elected as leader of the Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency, which included Kouga, Koukamma and Baviaans.

Following the DA’s victory in Kouga in 2016, Van Lingen was elected as Mayor.

Her vision for Kouga, towards which she worked tirelessly, was to strengthen service delivery to all communities and to build a confident climate for investment and job creation.

We will continue to build on the foundation she laid and leave a legacy of a world class Municipality that delivers services to all its residents.

RIP Elza. We going to miss you

Rural safety units would stop the farm attacks

April 19, 2018

The DA is alarmed by the six farm attacks which have occurred in the last 72 hours.

Attacks on anyone who lives on or visits a farm – have increased once again. The attacks are carefully planned, and without exception include violence, and frequently torture of the most horrific kinds. Even children are mercilessly targeted.

Farmers feed our nation and it is clear that the South African Police Service (SAPS) Rural Safety Strategy is a dismal failure. Police today rely heavily on private helicopters or fixed wings to get them to the site of the attacks. Yet the SAPS has a R86-billion budget.

The reason the much-vaunted Strategy has failed is because the Police Stations in the most hard hit rural areas, are under-staffed and under-resourced. The strategy needs to be overhauled.

Our farmers and farm workers do not deserve to live under siege.

In the 2016/17 financial year, South Africa experienced 52 murders per day. Of course this is totally unacceptable. It is a figure one might expect from a country at war.

The DA has long called for the reintroduction of specialised units within the SAPS as is the international best practice most likely to curb the rise of violent crime. This would include specific units to tackle rural safety.

The Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, must show decisive leadership and deal with the high crime rate, devising ways and means by which our most vulnerable members, such as women, children, and those living in deep rural areas, will be adequately protected.

The increased attacks on our farming communities continue unabated due to lack of leadership by the SAPS and the ANC government.

The DA calls on Cele to urgently prioritise the introduction of specialised units, including specifically a well-resourced and highly trained national rural safety unit, and we demand that he takes a strong line against the ongoing and criminal attacks on our farming communities.

No one in South Africa should fear torture, rape and death.

DA Policy on Jobs and the Economy

April 17, 2018

The DA took a number of resolutions at the National Congress which took place in Pretoria earlier in April. The Kouga Democrat will he highlighting some of the policies.

On access to jobs, a DA National Government would assist young disadvantaged South Africans in finding work by:

  • Introducing a Jobseekers’ Allowance with a timeframe for all unemployed young people aged 18-34 who do not have a job;
  • Rolling out a national Job Centres project – known as the Khuphuka Centres –  where unemployed people can access job opportunities (including learnerships and apprenticeships) on a local database, get assistance in preparing job applications or receive employment counselling;
  • Introducing a National Civilian Service year to provide work experience for the approximately 78 443 unemployed matriculants – from the class of 2016 alone – to enter into work-based training in the community healthcare, basic education or SAPS fields; and
  • Expanding the Expanded Public Works Programme and giving more people access to these opportunities by making the system fairer and more transparent.
  • Develop a basket of incentives, across multiple sectors, to encourage industries to take up more labour-intensive production practices. Such incentives could include, among others, rewarding those businesses who increase their staff components with BBB-EE points or corporate tax cuts/rebates per worker.

On the positioning of cities as the primary drivers of economic growth, the DA resolved that:

  • South Africa’s national economic growth agenda must be aimed at strengthening the competency and capabilities of local governments to drive growth and job creation;
  • South Africa should simultaneously decentralise public finances and stimulate regional competition by giving local councils a share of revenues generated through corporate taxes of local businesses;
  • Skills development must be aligned to the needs of local economies; and
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is to be utilised as a tool to encourage investment to secondary cities.

In order to foster job-creation, we resolved to unleash South Africa’s entrepreneurial potential by:

  • Introducing an overtly pro-small business policy approach which removes blockages and red-tape in the political/economic system, particularly targeting those sectors which our country has either a comparative or competitive advantage in, and crucially, those which are also labour absorptive;
  • Exempting small businesses from certain labour and BEE laws to help them compete and create jobs;
  • Implementing a Tax Amnesty for small businesses and working with all arms of government to decrease the time it takes to pay its debts, with a goal of bringing this period down to 30 days;
  • Providing funding assistance for small businesses totalling over R1.5 billion; and
  • Expanding support and incentives for youth, informal sector businesses and cooperatives to grow and hire more employees.

New Leadership team of the Democratic Alliance

April 9, 2018

Nearly 2000 delegates from all over South Africa attended the DA Federal Congress in Pretoria over the weekend.

The new top leadership team of the Democratic Alliance is:

Leader: Mmusi Maimane
Chairperson: Athol Trollip
Deputy Chairs: Dr Ivan Meyer
Mike Waters
Refiloe Nt’sekhe

Federal Council:
Chairperson: James Selfe
Deputy chair: Thomas Walters
Finance chair: Dion George

DA stands for values and integrity

April 3, 2018

We need leaders who lead with their values even if it means they stand alone.

Courage of conviction and unwavering integrity is what the DA needs to stay the course.

Athol Trollip is that kind of leader.

That is why we believe he should be elected as Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance.

#TrollipForChair