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The DA can put a job in every home

January 22, 2019

Election 2019 should be all about jobs. South Africa’s core problem is our unnaturally high unemployment rate. Poverty, inequality, crime – all these will remain dangerously high while there are 9.8 million (mostly young) adults without a job in South Africa.

Conversely, poverty, inequality and crime will come down if we can shift millions more people into the productive economy.

A DA national government would aim to put a job in every home in South Africa. Our track record in DA-run Western Cape Province suggests we can do this.

Over half (95 000) of the 188 000 new jobs created in SA in the past year were created in the Western Cape. This was achieved despite the hostile regulatory environment imposed by the ANC national government and a crippling drought in the area.

The Western Cape accounts for only one-eighth of SA’s population. Just think how many jobs could be created if the entire country were DA-run!

(Note that the DA does not claim to create jobs. Rather, our approach is to create an environment which fosters job-creating entrepreneurship and investment, and which extends opportunities to all.)

By comparison, the ANC’s 2019 manifesto can be summarized in one sentence: South Africa’s unemployment rate will remain unnaturally high if the ANC remains in government. Their manifesto promises to create 275 000 new jobs each year. Frankly, everything else it says is just noise.

Numbers speak louder than words and this number is telling us all we need to know about our future prospects under an ANC government.

Let’s be charitable and assume the ANC breaks with tradition and keeps this promise. (Only 188 000 new jobs were created in SA in the past year, so this is not a forgone conclusion. Unfortunately, the total number of people needing jobs increased by 525 000 in the same period, meaning another 337 000 people joined the ranks of the jobless.)

If only 275 000 new jobs are added to the economy each year, joblessness will continue to go up and soon it will breach 10 million and be headed for 11 million. South Africa will know no peace, stability or prosperity under these conditions.

At 275 000 new jobs per year, it would take 35 years just to produce jobs for the current 9.8 million people who need them. But since the job market grows by an additional 550 000 people each year, there’ll be no clawing back of that number.

So, it is fair to say the ANC’s manifesto is a blueprint for the status quo of unnaturally high unemployment, poverty, inequality and crime. It is an admission of defeat.

This is the crux of the difference between the DA and the ANC’s approach in government.

The ANC’s focus is on creating a black elite, even at the expense of improving the lives of the black majority. This approach has divided our country into two South Africas – the haves and the have-nots.

The ANC’s approach has essentially created an insider/outsider economy. Insiders – those with jobs and connections – are protected and enriched (through policies such as highly restrictive labour legislation, national minimum wages and BBBEE) at the expense of outsiders who are locked out of opportunities, with little prospect of ever entering the economy.

The DA’s approach builds one South Africa for all by breaking down the barriers that keep people locked out of the economy and by extending opportunities to all. This is the only approach that will bring down South Africa’s unemployment rate and effectively fight poverty, inequality and crime.

The upcoming election is the most crucial our nation has faced since 1994. Election 2019 is a chance to bring real change to SA. If you want to support the DA’s job-creating approach and our vision of one South Africa for all, please check that you are registered to vote by going to check.da.org.za.

This weekend 26-27 January is the final registration weekend. If you are a first-time voter or are not yet registered, please make sure you visit your nearest voting station between 8am and 5pm on either the Saturday or the Sunday, with either your green ID book, your smartcard ID or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate.

Please use your vote to support job creation and build one South Africa for all.

Regards

Mmusi Maimane

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The DA has a plan to speed up the delivery of basic services

December 2, 2018

The DA has a track record of turning Municipalities around and that includes Kouga.

In the short space of two years, the Municipality has become financially sustainable and in a position to redress the historical problems that were created by the previous government.

We need a provincial and national government that cares and works with local governments to bring a better life to all our citizens.

The DA will focus on:

  1. Fighting corruption at all levels of provincial and local government so that public money meant for the people is spent on the people.
  2. Ensuring that people who qualify for government housing quickly get the ability to get a decent home. South Africans who earn less than R 15 000 per month will have 3 options:
    1. Stay on the list for an RDP home or GAP housing;
    2. Sign up for the Home Voucher Scheme. This will give you a R 150 000 home voucher which you can use to build your own home on a government-provided site which will be connected to water and electricity. Or you can use it as a deposit towards buying an existing house.
    3. Choose to live in one of the new high-rise apartment buildings close to City Centers that will be built by the government.
  3. Signing a contract with the residents of municipalities to ensure speedier delivery of quality access to water, electricity and sanitation.

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

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.

 

Our promise to South Africa

October 1, 2018

The 2019 National and Provincial election is the most important in the history of democratic South Africa.

This is our promise to all South Africans.

2019 DA election manifesto

Mayor Bongani Baloyi assaulted at community meeting

September 29, 2018

The Democratic Alliance has expressed its shock over the violent assault on the Executive Mayor of Midvaal, Bongani Baloyi by ANC members this morning.

Mayor Baloyi immediately opened a case of assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm against the ANC thugs.

However, when the Mayor was on his way to open a case at the police station, the key suspect followed him and lied to the police that the Mayor attacked him. Absurdly, the Baloyi was also placed under arrest along with the suspect.

The Mayor was physically attacked in ward 11, Savannah City during the municipality’s launch of Arbor Day.

The event started peacefully, however when Baloyi was about to go to the podium to address the community, ANC members approached him and tried to take the microphone away from him. They physically pushed the Mayor and hit him with a rock.

Midvaal is one of the best governed municipalities in Gauteng and has received clean audits since DA took over this municipality from the ANC.

One South Africa for all

September 26, 2018

The response has been overwhelming, with thousands of South Africans from all walks of life signing up to be a part of Team One South Africa.

One South Africa for all

This week, we will officially begin the process of deploying activists to all corners of the country, as we spread our message of One South Africa for All.

I am aware that many of you want to help but simply do not have the time to go door to door spreading the message of hope.

If this is the case, please consider making a donation to the cause.

Every Rand enables us to reach and unify more South Africans as we head into the 2019 Elections.

Not since 1994 have we so desperately needed to come together. Political forces across the spectrum are trying harder than ever to divide us.

We cannot let them win.

Your contribution to One South Africa for All.

Warm regards,

Mmusi Maimane

DA Leader

DA calls for Auditor-General to urgently investigate alleged corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay

September 21, 2018

Yesterday, 20 September 2018, I requested the Auditor-General (AG), Kimi Makwetu, to urgently investigate allegations of corruption levelled against me during my tenure as Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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These allegations were made in a letter written by Mr Bantu Holomisa, president of the UDM, to the Auditor General on 24 October 2017. The same allegations were also levelled against Mr Johann Mettler, Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager.

Mr Holomisa requested the AG’s intervention in various matters regarding PWC’S forensic investigations into alleged irregular payments and the employment of litter pickers. Mr Holomisa also recently wrote an open public letter to the AG, making a range of sweeping allegations of corruption against myself and Mr Mettler.

I have written to the AG and implored him, as a matter of public importance, to urgently proceed with the requested investigation. I have also committed myself and my former employees in the mayoral office to cooperate fully in such an investigation.

If the AG goes ahead with this investigation, he will have to arrange access to the Public Health Standing Committee reports in relation to litter pickers and EPWP appointments, the MPAC report related to these matters as well as the final PWC reports. The other important report in this regard is the draft report compiled by Deloitte about the IPTS corruption saga.

I have undertaken to provide the AG with all the available correspondence, documentation and evidence that I have at my disposal.

Furthermore, I also advised Mr Makwetu that more evidence is coming to light with regard to corruption linked to some of the contracts that were stopped after my election as Mayor.
This evidence is crucial in linking certain individuals directly to corrupt dealings.

Athol Trollip

Legal opinion confirms ‘removal’ of Mayor Trollip unlawful and invalid

August 28, 2018

A legal opinion obtained by Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) City Manager, Johan Mettler, on the removal of the Nelson Mandela Bay Speaker, Jonathan Lawack, and Mayor Athol Trollip has confirmed that it was “unlawful, invalid, and capable of being set aside”.

The DA has already committed to taking the council’s decision on review as we believe that the process to appoint the new Speaker was procedurally invalid and therefore, that the “removal” of Mayor Trollip was also invalid.

Section 36(3) of the Municipal Structures Act (117 of 1998) states that:

“The municipal manager of the municipality or, if the municipal manager is not available, a person designated by the MEC for local government in the province, presides over the election of a speaker”

After Speaker Jonathan Lawack was removed, the Municipal Manager, Johann Mettler, adjourned the council sitting as quorum had been broken. Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, then incorrectly invoked Section 36(3) and designated an individual to preside over two decisions:

1. The election of ANC Councillor, Buyelwa Mafaya, as Speaker; and
2. The Motion of No Confidence in Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

This was despite the Municipal Manager being both present and able to preside over the sitting. This is in clear contravention of the Municipal Structures Act. Therefore, the election of Buyelwa Mafaya as Speaker, and the subsequent Motion of No Confidence in Athol Trollip as invalid.

The legal opinion confirms our view. Specifically, it states that:

“Having regard to the factual circumstances that prevailed, it can never be said that the Municipal Manager was not available.”

The opinion goes on to state that the Municipal Manager was “physically available and accordingly, the appointment of such other person to chair the election of a Speaker was unlawful and invalid with the concomitant result that the appointment of a Speaker and the subsequent appointment of a new Mayor are similarly unlawful, invalid and capable of being reviewed and set aside”