The DA is the only party that can save South Africa

May 6, 2019

Hankey was blue yesterday as the Democratic Alliance held a rally in the town which included a march through the suburbs and ended with a mass town hall meeting.

Close to 1000 people gathered near the Spar in Hankey to march with Member of Parliament Malcolm Figg, Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks as well as other Kouga Councillors.

The march ended up in Stofwolk after being joined by hundreds more people and being escorted by the local Police and Traffic Department.

At the town hall meeting, Mayor Horatio Hendricks said that the DA is the only party for all South Africans and the only party with a proven track record in governance that ensured better service delivery to all South Africans.

“The DA led Kouga Municipality is rolling out wheelie bins to all residents of Hankey so that the collection of waste and rubbish can be done more effectively,” said Hendricks.

“We are installing bulk infrastructure to be able to build more houses for the poor and have even bought land in Humansdorp and Thornhill to facilitate future housing developments,” added Hendricks.

The DA will make sure a national government prioritizes an honest, professional Police Force that protects the residents of South Africa said Member of Parliament Malcolm Figg who also addressed the crowd at the Vasumzi Landu Hall in Hankey.

“We cannot continue with a national government under the ANC that just steals the money and doesnt deliver services to all South Africans,” said Figg.

The National and Provincial election takes place on 8 May 2019.

To check if you are registered to vote, send an sms to 32810 or visit Check DA

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DA offers R 50 000 reward for info on poster interference

May 6, 2019

Due to constant assaults on their posters, the Democratic Alliance has announced a cash reward of R 50 000 for information on poster defacement, removal or interference, when such information leads to successful prosecution of the offender.

2019 DA election manifesto

“Many of our posters, across the province, are being removed by criminal elements,” said DA Provincial chairperson Andrew Whitfield.

“Last month we were informed of an EFF activist allegedly removing our posters and burning them.

He was later arrested and appeared in court. It is a criminal offence to interfere with a party’s election posters in any way.

The Independent Electoral Commission has made it clear that, according to the electoral code of conduct, defacing political posters is one of the most serious offences,” said Whitfield.

If any person is found guilty of committing such crimes the perpetrators can face a fine or imprisonment of up to 10 years.

“Tips and evidence of poster interference can be sent to report@da.org.za – these may be sent anonymously and are best prosecutable when photos or videos are sent too,” concluded Whitfield.

The 2019 National and Provincial election takes place on 8 May and the DA is campaigning on an offering to the electorate by by fighting corruption, establishing an honest and professional police service, creating fair access to jobs, securing our borders and speeding up basic service delivery.

Interview with DA Leader Mmusi Maimane

May 5, 2019

To say that DA Leader Mmusi Maimane is hardworking and devoted to our beautiful country, would be an understatement. Read the exclusive interview with Mmusi below.

ChangeMaker (CM): You have said before that you are not a career politician but that you were called into politics by God. How does your faith influence your approach to leading the DA?

Mmusi Maimane (MM): My faith brought me to this point in my life and sustains me personally in my daily work leading an organisation like the DA. My faith is my daily bread and butter.

CM: Are your two small children used to seeing their dad on TV?

MM: During election time it is not just the TV – it’s radio, it’s billboards, and it’s placards on lampposts. But yes, it’s not something I ever imagined having to navigate through as a family. I must say the toughest part about my job is spending so much time apart from my children.

“My faith is my daily bread and butter.”

 

CM: You speak seven languages. What would you say is your mother tongue?

MM: My mother is from Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape and speaks isiXhosa, and my father is from the old Bophuthatswana in the North West and speaks Setswana. And so, growing up I spoke both Setswana and isiXhosa at home, while being taught in English at both primary and high school. Therefore, I wouldn’t say I have a mother tongue – I have three!

CM: Do you think South Africans should be taught in the language of their choice, wherever possible?

MM: We support the constitutional principle that every person has the right to be taught in the official language of their choice, where reasonably practicable. In line with this, we believe that more, and not less, official languages should be used as mediums of instruction and that all official languages should be developed for use as academic languages of instruction.

CM: Voters seem to have a lot of questions about the DA’s stance on ‘land expropriation without compensation’. Does the DA support expropriation without compensation?

MM: Land is a justice issue and there is a false dichotomy out there that suggests if you oppose expropriation without compensation you are opposed to righting the wrongs of the past. Section 25 of the Constitution protects private property rights as well as making provision for the restitution and reform of land. We support this constitutional provision and are fighting on that front. We envision a South Africa in which every person can own property, and that the circumstances of their birth is no impediment to them acquiring and accumulating wealth-creating assets. But the current government and fringe political parties must not use the Constitution as a scapegoat for their failure to secure effective land reform.

“Voting for smaller parties right now is tantamount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.”

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane

CM: Many look to the governments in Jozi and Tshwane and say that the DA and the EFF “are in bed together”. Is the DA in coalition with the EFF?

MM: The voters in Johannesburg and Tshwane rejected the ANC in 2016, as they failed to get a majority of votes. Therefore, the DA took over with the voting support of the EFF. We are not in coalition with the EFF, as we differ fundamentally on several core principles. The EFF remains in opposition in both Johannesburg and Tshwane. We are working hard to turn those cities around following two decades of looting and under-delivery of services.

CM: The build-up to this election has, increasingly, been characterised by identity politics. Why is the DA’s project of bringing South Africans together – across racial, religious and cultural lines – so important for the future of South Africa?

MM: Our country has a history of identity politics – from British Nationalism to Afrikaner Nationalism to African Nationalism. It’s all we’ve ever known. We are forging a new vision for South Africa by building a broad centre that can be a political home for all South Africans, no matter their age, income, gender, sexual orientation, religion or racial identity. In this South Africa, we are brought together by shared values, and this us at the core of our message of One South Africa for All. It is the only option for our country.

CM: Why is a vote for a smaller party a waste?

MM: The true test for any democracy is whether power can change peacefully at the ballot box. The challenge for South Africa is to fast arrive at this point, where the governing party is kept on their toes by the ever-present threat of losing power.

We cannot allow our country to fall prey to the entrenched single-party hegemony that continues to plague the African continent. The very founding values of our democracy are at stake. If we cannot hold rank failure and corruption to account, then can we really call ourselves a democracy at all? So, we urgently need to build a strong counterweight to the ANC, to show that another way is possible.

Voting for smaller parties right now is tantamount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Smaller parties will not stop our demise under the ANC and blur our focus on the biggest threat to our democracy: one-party dominance.

Under normal circumstances, the plethora of parties – 48 on the national ballot paper alone – should be welcomed as a sign of a vibrant democracy replete with plentiful options for voters to express their individual preferences.

But this is not a business-as-usual election; this is a fight for our survival.

So 8 May must be about building a credible alternative government, not about creating a wide-sprinkling of opposition parties on the fringe of our politics.

What to expect on Election day

May 5, 2019

On Election Day – Wednesday 8 May – voting stations will open from 7am until 9pm to allow the 26.7 million registered voters to cast their ballots for the national and provincial elections.

Voting stations will be staffed by approximately 189 000 election officials who have volunteered and been trained over the past two months to conduct the elections.

How voting will happen at the voting station

On average there will be 8 election officials per voting station which includes the Presiding Officer, Deputy Presiding Officer and officials to perform the various aspects of the voting process including:

  • Assisting voter’s in the queue including checking that they have the right identification documents (only green barcoded ID book, a smartcard ID or a valid temporary ID certificate is accepted)
  • Scanning the voters’ ID document and checking the voter’s name against the voters’ roll
  • Inking the voter’s left thumb with indelible ink
  • Stamping and issuing the voter with a national and provincial ballot paper

Officials are also available to capture addresses for voters, whose addresses do not appear on the voters’ roll.

Each political party is also permitted to deploy two party agents at every voting station to oversee and monitor voting and counting.

Domestic and international observers will also be deployed to voting stations around the country. Sixty six observer organizations have been accredited by the IEC.

Voting stations will close at 9 pm on Election Day – but all voters who are in the queue to vote at 9 pm will be allowed to vote.

Ballot paper improved for 2019 General Elections

The IEC has improved the ballot with the following innovations:

1)   The 2019 ballot papers have been redesigned to enable easy identification of the party of choice by the voter, to facilitate the selection of that party with confidence and to minimise risks of miscast ballots.

2)   For visually impaired and special needs voters the Commission has produced TEN customised voting aids called Universal Ballot Templates (UBTs) to fit the newly designed 2019 national and provincial ballots. Each voting station will have a UBT to accommodate the national ballot and one for the provincial ballot.

3)   For all voters, the Commission has developed large posters showing the national ballot and the provincial ballot.  These will be displayed in each voting station to help the voters easily distinguish the different parties on the ballot list.

Once the voting station closes, the counting of votes begins immediately at the voting station. The counting is conducted by election officials and is witnessed by party agents and observers.

The results slip for each voting station is completed by the Presiding Officer and is signed by party agents who are also encouraged to take a photograph of the results slip to allow them to compare it to the final result captured on the results system.

One copy of the results slip is posted on the door of the voting station while the second copy is taken back to the local IEC office where is it scanned into the results system and the results data captured through a double-capture process to reduce any human error.

She said that the captured results are compared against the scan of the results slip and audited by independent auditors before being transmitted to the national and provincial results operations centres where they immediately and simultaneously become available to the Electoral Commission, political parties, observers and the media.

Voters can check their voting station location by SMSing their ID number to 32810 (R1) and can reach the Contact Centre on 0800 11 8000 for all enquiries regarding the elections.

Questions you may have about Election Day

May 4, 2019

The 2019 national and provincial elections will be on 8 May 2019.

Make sure everything is ready for you to be part of bringing change on 8 May.

Find the answers to frequently asked questions, carry on reading.

If you need more help, please feel free to call (0861 22 55 32), email (info@da.org.za) or Whatsapp (084 000 2019) us and we’d be happy to answer your questions.

Why do we have an election this year?

According to our Constitution, elections must take place every five years to elect our Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) in each province. The previous national and provincial election was held in 2014.

In this election, you will get two ballots (one provincial and one national ballot) to vote for the proportional representation of political parties in these legislative bodies.

What if I have moved since I last registered?

You are encouraged to vote at the voting station where you are registered, which you can locate with this tool, but you can vote at any voting station in your province.

If you are outside of the province where you are registered, you may vote but will only be able to vote on the national ballot.

What if I will be in another province?

You are encouraged to vote at the voting station where you are registered, which you can locate at check.da.org.za.

If you are outside of the province where you are registered, you may vote but will only be able to vote on the national ballot.

What do I need in order to vote?

All you will need is your valid, green, bar-coded ID book; temporary ID; or smart ID card. You do not need any FICA-type documents.

Do I need to take any proof of residence?

No, you do not. All you will need is your valid, green, bar-coded ID book; temporary ID; or smart ID card.

Rubbish Bins handed out in Hankey & Patensie

May 4, 2019

In a move set to change the face of refuse collection Kouga Municipality has started distributing wheelie bins to households for free.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the first 3 600 wheelie bins were being distributed to homes at Hankey and Patensie this week, with procurement for a further 2 000 in the current financial year underway.

“Our aim is to replace black bags with wheelie bins across the region over the next five years,” he said.

“The advantages are numerous. Not only will it help us cut down on plastic waste, but it will also boost efforts by the municipality and communities to keep Kouga clean.”

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said wheelie bins had proven to be a far more hygienic and safer way of storing and collecting refuse.

“One of the big challenges our refuse crews face on a daily basis is the tearing open of black bags by rats, stray dogs and goats. The wheelie bins will help to minimise this and create a cleaner and healthier environment for our residents,” Benson said.

“The bins will also help to reduce injuries to our refuse collectors. The black bags often break when loaded into the compactor trucks and staff can then be injured by sharp items or broken glass.”

The Mayor said the bins were being delivered directly to households at Hankey and Patensie this week.

“Each bin has a unique serial number and the home-owner must sign for it on receipt. We do, however, encourage residents to paint their street number on the bin as well, so that it is easily identifiable.”

Hendricks said the bins would be emptied on the same day as refuse collection is currently done.

“We will be emptying the wheelie bins at Hankey and Patensie for the first time on May 8.

“Residents are asked to ensure that their bins are on the pavement by 07:30 on the day and then to return them to their properties as quickly as possible once they have been emptied.”

He cautioned that only refuse in the bin would be collected and that households should take care not to place heavy items in the bins, making it impossible to move or lift them.

“There are guidelines as to what residents may and may not dispose of in the wheelie bins. Flyers in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa are being distributed along with the bins to guide residents on their use.”

Over 2000 service delivery requests logged per month in Kouga

May 3, 2019

The Kouga Municipality Call Centre logs over 2000 service delivery requests per month with 2 958 logged in January and 2 587 in February 2019.

Of the requests logged, 2 708 were resolved in January and 2 341 in February.

Resubmissions were received for January in the Aston Bay suburb for potholes that had not been repaired in Swan Drive, Shearwater and Owl Drive.

The vast majority of service delivery requests are related to sewage with 1 446 requests logged in January for septic tanks that needed to be sucked while 1 016 requests for logged in February.

423 Water related requests were received in January, with the bulk being for burst pipes (185) and faulty meters (170).

In February, 323 water related requests were received with burst pipes (142) and faulty meters (116) again being the main faults being reported.

“These figures only represent what is being reported to the Call Centre and excludes work being carried out internally by Kouga Municipality,” said Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

Potholes are also clearly a concern of residents with 306 requests logged in January and 578 in February.

Should you wish to report a service fault, please contact the Kouga Call Centre on 042 200 2200. The call centre is open seven days a week from 7:30am to 7pm.

Outside these hours faults can be reported at 042 291 0250 or 042 200 8330. Alternatively, click  here here to download the Link app for easy fault reporting.

Fuel increase is taxing South Africa into poverty

May 2, 2019

The latest 54 cent fuel price increase will once again prove that the failing ANC government has no plan to develop and grow our economy – the extent of their policy and plans remains firmly based on increasing the prices of items South Africans are barely able to afford already.

This is no new dawn – this is the same old ANC who remains resolute in having South Africans pay for their 25 years of complete failures in government.

Although the failing ANC would have the public believe that fuel price increases are solely the result of international and global trends, the reality is that these unforgiving price hikes are mainly due to a decades of ANC corruption, mismanagement and looting, which has precipitated fuel tax increases to cover government revenue shortfalls.

The ANC government is incapable of generating sustainable plans to fix our economy and create jobs, instead it attempts to tax its people into further poverty.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will not sit by idly and watch as South Africans are burdened by the ANC’s failures. Today and tomorrow, the DA has mobilized across the country to demonstrate against these increases.

South Africans can no longer be punished for the ANC’s failures. The DA will make the choice to South Africans clear. It is time to vote out the ANC that is oppressing our people by plunging the country into poverty.

Now is the time to show this corrupt government that the citizens of this country will not accept yet another senseless increase in fuel prices.

This fuel hike is proof that life will become progressively worse under the ANC, if they are given another 5 years to govern. The DA has a plan to grow our economy sustainably, without having to unbearably increase the cost of living for South Africans. It is time to punish the ANC for their senseless price hikes across the board, come 08 May, we urge citizens to choose a party that will build One South Africa for All, without having to loot all the cents from their pockets.

Ramaphosa se uitsprake oor Afrikaans en grond is misplaas en beledigend

May 2, 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa se uitsprake gisteraand toe hy “Pretoriase meningsvormers” toegespreek het, verdien kommentaar.

2019 DA election manifesto

Om te sê “Afrikaanssprekendes voel dieselfde seer oor hul taal as wat die meerderheid Suid-Afrikaners oor grond voel” is geheel en al onvanpas en misplaas.

Die DA is heeltemal verbind to grondhervorming. Waaraan ons nie verbind is nie, is grondonteiening sonder vergoeding, soos wat die ANC en die EFF voorstel.

Die president kan soveel mooi broodjies bak as wat hy wil, die feit bly staan beide die ANC en die EFF wil die grondwet verander om onteiening sonder vergoeding moontlik te maak. En hoe meer ons ekonomie agteruitgaan, hoe meer word minderheidsgroepe in ons land deur die ANC geteieken, nie net deur die dreigement van onteiening sonder vergoeding nie, maar ook die gedwonge investering van pensioenfondse in sukkelende staatsbeheerde instellings.

Vir die president om hierdie beplande optrede deur die ANC-regering te probeer goedpraat deur dit te vergelyk met Afrikaanssprekendes se passie vir hul taal, is beledigend om die minste te sê.

Afrikaanssprekendes en alle ander Suid-Afrikaners  het die reg om die taal van hul keuse te gebruik en aan die kulturele lewe van hul keuse deel te neem, soos vervat in die Handves van Menseregte, in artikel 30 van die Grondwet. Dit is eerder tyd dat die ANC hierdie regte, verskans in ons Grondwet, begin respekteer en afdwing en ophou om doelbewus ‘n stigma aan die taal te probeer koppel.

Die DA respekteer die meerderheid Suid-Afrikaners se passie vir die grondkwessie en net soos dit nie nodig is om te karring aan die grondwet om Afrikaanssprekendes se taalregte te beskerm nie, so is dit ook nie nodig om die gondwet the wysig om grondhervorming te bewerkstellig nie.

Die DA glo in grondhervorming wat werk skep en wat eienaarskap en die ekonomie uitbrei en versterk. Dit vereis nie onteiening of staatseienaarskap nie. Dit vereis, soos in die geval van Afrikaans, bloot ‘n regering wat in staat is om bestaande bepalings in ons Grondwet af te dwing.

President Ramaphosa, nes sy “baas” Ace Magashule, moet ophou vry na wit Suid-Afrikaners met onrealistiese en ondeurdagte beloftes en skyn-besorgdheid.

Minderheidsgroepe in Suid-Afrika is moeg daarvan om politieke speelballe te wees vir die ANC-regering wat die laaste 25 jare meestal hul grondwetlike regte ondermyn het en hierdie land so te sê tot die afgrond gedwing het.

Blitsbesoeke in Stellenbosch en Pretoria, waar wilde vergelykings getref word en leë beloftes gemaak word, gaan nie wit Suid-Afrikaners oorhaal om eensklaps op 8 Mei te stem vir die party van korrupsie, wanbetuur en staatskaping nie – Cyril Ramaphosa of te not.

IEC announces change in Ward 15 voting station

May 1, 2019

Residents registered to cast their votes at the Humansdorp Country Club in Ward 15 are asked to take note that their voting station has changed.

According to a statement from the local office of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Humansdorp Council Chamber, situated at Kouga Municipality’s offices on the corner of Main Road and Du Plessis Street, will replace the country club as a voting station for Ward 15 in the upcoming Provincial and National Elections in May.

“The change had to be made due to fire damage at the Country Club,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks explained.

Meanwhile, applications for special votes in the May election came to a close on Thursday, April 18.

Hendricks said that those whose applications were approved, would have the opportunity to cast their votes on May 6 and 7, with the official election day taking place on Wednesday, May 8.

“There are two categories of people who could apply for special votes. Those who are physically unable to leave their houses, including heavily pregnant women and people with disabilities, and those who are unable to visit their voting stations on May 8,” he explained.

He said IEC officials would visit the houses of those who fall in the first category on May 6 or 7 so that they may cast their votes. Those voters who fall in the second category will be able to vote at their local IEC voting stations, also on May 6 and 7.

Casting a special vote

. The voter’s thumbnail is marked with indelible ink and his/her ID book is stamped.

. He/she receives the relevant ballot papers.

. He/she marks the ballot in secret, places and seals the ballots in an unmarked envelope.

. The unmarked envelope is placed in another envelope that is marked with the voter’s name, ID number and voting district number. The use of two envelopes is to ensure the secrecy of the ballot.

. IEC officials take the envelope and place it in a secure ballot box for special votes.

. The voter’s name is marked off the Voters’ Roll with “SV” to indicate that he/she has cast a special vote.