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The DA’s level 4 lockdown proposals to save lives and livelihoods

May 6, 2020

The DA has welcomed Government’s decision to ease the hard lockdown from level 5 to level 4. We are however concerned that there has been no real evidence produced by Government on which the risk-adjusted strategy has been based.

This means that the decision to not open certain sectors of the economy have quite possibly not been based on research and fact, but rather on Government’s need to exert authority over South Africans.

“We are of the view that there is a need for the economy to be opened across a much wider spectrum as Government’s draft regulations does not go far enough to prevent an economic meltdown post-lockdown,” said Dean Macpherson – DA Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry.

Here are some of the DA’s proposals on the draft risk-adjusted level 4 Covid-19 lockdown regulations:

  • No curfew. There has been rationale reason presented for this.
  • All shops allowed to open subject to mandatory health protocols, masks for all customers.
  • E-commerce able to sell all goods to consumers online.
  • Beauticians and hairdressers to be open subject to health protocols.
  • Screening regime and workplace testing stations in the manufacturing sector.
  • Transport of all goods allowed for export.
  • Mask wearing on all public transport as well as sanitising on entry and exit.
  • Car services allowed.
  • Outdoor exercise and dog walking allowed.
  • Alcohol sales allowed Mon-Fri until 3 pm. Limit on stock allowed to be bought.
  • All agriculture allowed subject to health protocols.
  • Mining activity to resume with the use of respirators, sanitised transport, and deep cleaning of residential units.
  • Construction sites allowed to be open (similar to open-cast mining due to the open nature of the site).
  • R1000 top-up for all grant receivers as opposed to caregivers only.

A full document on the DA’s inputs and comparison between National Government and the DA’s proposals can be accessed here.

Level 4: A copy and paste of Level 5 – disastrous for livelihoods

April 30, 2020

Ultimately, there is not enough to distinguish lockdown Level 4 from Level 5.

This will be disastrous for millions of lives and livelihoods. Government has essentially smuggled through an extension of the hard lockdown under the guise of easing restrictions.

If government had gone with the DA’s Smart Lockdown proposal, more of the economy could have been opened without compromising safety.

Government’s approach is unnecessarily blunt and restrictive, with simply no justification for many of the arbitrary rules and restrictions.

The DA proposed an incentives-driven approach in which government specifies the safety measures that must be in place before a business can open, and businesses then decide if they are willing or able to meet the required safety standards.

This empowers employers, employees and customers within a reasonable set of safety rules. Reasonableness and compliance go hand in hand. Government’s unreasonable approach may undermine the whole Covid-19 response by generating an explosion of non-compliance.

The DA’s approach incentivises businesses and people to comply, maximising jobs and tax revenue. Government’s forces many to remain closed, potentially forcing them underground – to trade illegally or die.

By way of example, no-one will now be able to legally sell or pay for a haircut, which will have devastating consequences for many working class people who run salons and barbers out of their homes to support their families. The DA’s Level 4 would allow hairdressers to operate, as long as they can meet a specified level of safety.

Some of the decisions are draconian, such as the continued ban on smoking and sale of hot food. Will sugar and fatty foods be next?

The President told us smoking would be allowed in Level 4 – but the command council has now backtracked on this.

Others are simply irrational – not based on a consideration of public safety at all, which is the whole purpose of a lockdown.

E-commerce (online shopping with delivery) for example is not allowed.

Other countries are looking to e-commerce to keep their small businesses afloat, save jobs and service customers.

Here we’ve chosen arbitrary ministerial diktat over harnessing individual creativity and decision-making.

Surely the only criterion that matters here is the risk of spreading the virus. If this risk is minimal, then the business should be allowed to trade. Any other decision is purely authoritarian.

One gets the sense that the call for comment was merely a box-ticking exercise, since little has changed from what the government proposed last week, notwithstanding the 70 000 submissions.

Except on the matter of exercise, for which the solution is incomprehensible.

Government seems to have forgotten the whole reason we locked down in the first place – to ensure our wellbeing.

Now citizens are told they can only exercise between 6am and 9am – as if exercising after work in the evening is somehow bad for them. If anything, this is less safe, as people will all be out at the same time.

And what of those who need to leave home at 5am to get to work? But then again, the ANC has long-since stopped caring about poor people. Or perhaps, for them, the working day doesn’t start before 9am?

Other restrictions are well-intended, such as the continued ban on alcohol, but will have severe negative unintended consequences. This will broaden business opportunities for the mafia and starve our fiscus of needed revenue.

The DA suggested reasonable restrictions on times and quantity of legal alcohol sales.

The common thread running through all the restrictions is government’s fundamental lack of trust in the people of South Africa, who are being treated as children rather than adults.

People are not being trusted with data or empowered with any reasonable degree of personal decision-making.

The curfew demonstrates this best of all. The DA will consider challenging its legality.

President Ramaphosa’s cabinet seems to be indulging in all its nanny-state fantasies. It may soon find itself having to justify these in court, where reasonableness still prevails.


John Steenhuizen

Leader of the DA

Tackling the Economic Crisis in South Africa

August 12, 2015

The South African economy is facing an unprecedented crisis. Predicted growth for 2015 is forecast at only 2% and unemployment has risen steadily over the past 5 years, now standing at 34.9%.

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Almost 8.4 million South Africans do not have jobs, while 2 in every 3 of those are young people who are left ill-equipped by an inadequate education system. They are not only unemployed, but increasingly unemployable.

This crisis requires immediate and drastic intervention, and a government that can provide a sound economic alternative to the policy incoherence of the ANC. The global economic climate notwithstanding, the South African economy is underperforming relative to its peers. This must be addressed.

The DA’s Vision 2029, underpinned by our new Values Charter based on freedom, fairness and opportunity, outlines a society where opportunity is spread as broadly as possible and access to opportunities gives meaning to the freedoms contained in our Constitution.

The DA’s economic policy, reframed to align with our Values Charter, sets out our plan to reach 8% growth and make meaningful inroads into unemployment.

The core focus of the The DA’s 5-Point Jobs Plan is simple: to get South Africa working.

Yesterday President Zuma updated the nation in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) address, while the reality is that government continues to fall short of its promises of job creation.

Since President Zuma took office, 1.7 million South Africans have joined the ranks of the unemployed.

This economic crisis demands immediate intervention.

This is how the DA would unlock the potential of the South African economy:

Act now to solve the energy crisis

The electricity crisis continues to cripple our economy costing us both lost revenue and countless jobs. The DA would address this crisis through both supply and demand side interventions to ensure a sufficient and stable supply of electricity to power our economy.

On the supply side our focus would remain on breaking the monopoly stronghold Eskom has over South Africa and opening the market to independent power producers (IPPs), specifically those in the renewable energy sector.

To alleviate the strain in the short term, we would commit an initial R 500 million from the Department of Trade and Industry for the purchase of industrial-size generators for manufacturing enterprises.

Coupled with increased investment in industrial cogeneration capacity, this would alleviate the strain on the grid and keep factories open and productive.

Stop the nuclear deal

Importantly, the DA would immediately cancel the R1 trillion nuclear build procurement processes. This programme is not only ill-advised but unaffordable and will only serve to place upward pressure on the electricity price while doing nothing to solve the energy crisis in the short term.

On the demand side, we would encourage electricity suppliers to conclude load-curtailment agreements with their largest consumers, and shift some productive activity to off-peak periods, where possible. Load-shedding can and should be managed to minimise the impact on economic productivity.

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Sector-specific Interventions

The tourism and mining sectors have suffered tremendously as a result of incoherent, job-killing policies from the ANC government. Immediate and bold interventions are required to halt further decline in these sectors and shield them from further job losses.


While the tourism sector contributes 9% to our GDP and employs 1.5 million South Africans, the new visa regulations have precipitated a massive decline in tourists. The number of visitors from China alone has decreased by 38% in the first quarter of 2015.

The DA would immediately suspend and withdraw the new regulations and replace them with responsible measures to ensure the country’s security against threats while preventing economic harm.


Mining accounts for 50% of South Africa’s exports and almost half a million jobs yet this industry is coming under increasing threat from populist ANC policies aimed at enriching those who have already been empowered.

The DA would take measures to restore confidence lost due to policy uncertainty surrounding the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) by limiting the powers of the state and the Minister of Mineral Resources to set prices and change regulations at short notice.

Further to this, the DA would safeguard against the indiscriminate raising of the 26% B-BBEE ownership level currently required by the mining charter in order to provide investors with greater long-term security.

Support for small business

Small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) can serve as the engine for economic growth and job creation in South Africa. A DA government would therefore make it easier to start and fund a new business.

Instead of focusing on procurement, interventions in small business should be preoccupied with combining financing with tangible and effective non-financial support. The DA would prioritise the identification and reduction of the regulatory burden of job-destroying Red Tape that serves as a barrier to entry to starting a new business, while offering tax incentives to individual business mentors who shepherd new enterprises.

In the DA-run Western Cape, our dedicated Red Tape Reduction Unit continues to successfully assist small businesses in navigating the realms of regulation they encounter. Our “Cut Red Tape Hotline” for businesses has received thousands of complaints with an 80% resolution rate. The DA would roll out Red-Tape Reduction Units nationally.

Labour market reform

Labour policy must balance the protection of workers’ rights with the need to build greater flexibility into our labour market to make it easier for businesses to create jobs. If this balance is not achieved, labour policy is protecting the employed at the expense of the unemployed. What is required is a stable labour environment that supports increased productivity and boosts investor confidence.

In order to stabilise and democratise the labour market, three immediate interventions are required. The first would be to repeal or amend those sections of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) that give unions disproportionate power relative to employers. These include provisions on collective bargaining, closed-shop agreements and minimum thresholds for representation.

Secondly we would democratise and better regulate strike balloting procedures, and thirdly we would amend the LRA to address strike-related violence in order to hold unions responsibility for the actions of their members.

The DA believes in fairness and the rights of workers, but we must balance these with the need for economic growth and job creation.

Policy certainty

Finally, it must be emphasised that at the heart of South Africa’s policy uncertainty lies the ideological competition and confusion in the Tripartite Alliance. This has manifested itself in a proliferation of inconsistent plans and policies, resulting in policy incoherence and, ultimately, policy paralysis.

While the ANC has lauded the NDP as its overall policy framework, its actions contradict this stance. Providing economic leadership requires a clear, focussed economic policy stance free from internal contradiction. This is something the ANC has failed to provide, leaving investors uncertain about the road ahead with regard to issues such as private property rights and empowerment polices.

The DA would seek to restore investor confidence by amending or repealing the most damaging economic legislation that deters foreign investment, decreases job opportunities and increases the capacity for corruption.

The DA stands for good governance

March 9, 2015

What the DA has done for the Western Cape, the DA can do for Kouga.

Click on the image for easier reading.

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The DA will win Kouga in 2016 says Trollip

November 2, 2014

More than 500 delegates attended the provincial congress of the DA Eastern Cape in Jeffreys Bay this weekend.

Athol Trollip, the leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape

Athol Trollip, the leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape

The congress was attended by Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane as well as the leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip.

“Our collective election result in 2014 makes this Congress an occasion for a great celebration of moving forward to putting the DA in Government in the Eastern Cape,” said Trollip.

“We will also welcome some of our retired stalwarts who will grace this Congress with their presence.

Our tribute to them through the ongoing journey to a DA-governed province is measured against their own selfless service and unprecedented commitment made for us and future generations.

We also express gratitude towards public representatives, staff and activists of Kouga for receiving us in their beautiful municipality.

Through unrelenting effort and dedicated political activity, the DA in Kouga has been able to bring the ANC below 50% in the past election.

This will certainly pave the way for us regaining the municipality in 2016 and making it blue again,” concluded Trollip.

Its time for change

April 28, 2014

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DA supports the JBay fishing community

July 19, 2012

Yesterday, the Deaprtment of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries met with the Jeffreys Bay fishing community to discuss changes in the national act that governs fishing quotas and the rights of fisherman.

Pieter Van Dalen travelled from Cape Town to attend the meeting of the JBay fishermen.

Three DA Councillors, Danny Benson, Nico Botha and Brenton Williams were joined by the DA shadow minister of Fisheries, Pieter Van Dalen in a meeting were tensions were running high.

Corruption in the issuing of fishing quotas that has left the local fishermen on the outskirts was just one of the topics that concern local fishermen, who also feel that the government does not do enough to support the subsistence fishermen.

“We have been coming to these meetings for years but nothing ever changes”, said Gavin Roberts, one of the local fisherman. “We want our rights as fishermen to be protected and not be told there are laws stopping us from fishing”.

The fishermen were grateful for the support shown by the DA and we will be involved in the formation of a committee to further discuss the proposed changes to the legislation.

DA maak n verskil in Humansdorp

May 16, 2012

Op 8 Mei 2012, omstreeks 13h00, is n Mecedes Benz motor (n oue) in die informele nedersetting van 7de Laan deur n moedswillige jongman aan die brand gesteek. Dit het gevaar ingehou vir die ongeveer 10 huise in die omgewing, omdat daar nog ook brandstof in die motor se tenk was. Raadslid Campher het onmiddelik die brandweer en die polisie ontbied wat die brand betyds kon blus. Dit sou tragies wees as hulle nie betyds was om die brand te blus nie.

Danny Benzon, Elza Van Lingen and Fred Campher at the Provincial congress

Mervyn Stuurman, n inwoner van die informele nedersetting,Donkerhoek in wyk 4, het kom aansoek doen vir n RDP huis. Nadat sy ID nommer ingepons is, het dit aan die lig gekom dat die arm man alreeds eiendom ter waarde van R 1 725 000 in Plettenberg baai besit. Dit was vir hom n skok, want hy was nog nooit in sy lewe in Plettenberg baai nie. Die saak word deur ons LP Elza van Lingen, ondersoek.

Op Donderdag, 3 Mei 2012 is n suksesvolle IDP vergadering vir wyke 4 en 5 in die Kruisfontein gemeenskapsaal gehou. Die Burgermeester en sy komitee was nie teenwoordig nie ,en die wyk 4 raadslid,Freddy Campher,moes as voorsitter tydens die vergadering optree. Daar was vreeslike aanvallende vrae vanaf ANC lede uit die twee wyke, tydens die vergadering gevra.

In Maak ‘n Las, Kruisfontein, is ‘n bejaarde vrou op 1 Mei 2012 oorlede.Haar begrafnis was beplan vir Saterdag, 5 Mei 2012. Ongelukkig was die pad na die woning so onbegaanbaar, dat die lykswa nie eers die lyk kon gaan oplaai nie. Rdl Campher het op kort kennisgewing die bestuurder wat verantwoordelik is vir paaie, gevra om die pad na die woning tog net rybaar te maak voor die begrafnis. Hy het spoedig reageer, en die pad is herstel.