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The DA’s Economic Recovery Plan

August 19, 2019

In order to avoid economic collapse and bring about rapid growth in South Africa, a clear and concrete plan for is required.

The DA is currently in the process of expanding our “Economic Recovery Plan” – a comprehensive package of reform interventions that are unashamedly pro-growth, pro-investment, and pro-job creation.

The focus of this “Economic Recovery Plan” is on deliberate structural reform that will act as shock to our economy, in order to revive it and usher in rapid economic growth. The plan will include the following proposals, among others:

  1. Splitting Eskom into two separate entities while allowing IPPs to come on board by passing the Independent Electricity Management (IEMA) Bill;
  2. Passing our “Jobs Bill”, consisting of a wide range of incentives for foreign companies to invest in SA – bringing thousands of job opportunities to our shores.
  3. Implementing a government-wide Comprehensive Spending Review aimed at reviewing the efficiency of spending, the composition of spending, and future spending priorities in order to “tighten our belts”;
  4. Placing SAA under business rescue with a view to sell it off;
  5. Scrapping BEE and replacing it with a pro-growth plan that offers real broad-based inclusion in our economy;
  6. Beginning the rollout of a Voluntary Civil Service Year for young people;
  7. Introducing tax incentives for big job-creating sectors including manufacturing, tourism, mining and financial services;
  8. Rejecting investment-killing policies including the National Health Insurance (NHI), Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC), the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the nationalisation of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB);
  9. Cutting the Public Sector Wage Bill; and
  10. Creating an enabling environment for job creation by freeing up micro enterprise and relaxing labour legislation.

In addition, provinces in which persistent drought continues to affect the agricultural sector must declare such as a provincial disaster. One such province in the Northern Cape, where over 60 000 jobs are on the line due to 5-year long drought.

This plan and the details thereof will be tabled early next month during Parliament’s urgent debate of national importance on the economy, which I requested in light of our current economic crisis.

In order to halt our economy’s spiralling decline and create opportunities for those left outside the economy, we need bold and urgent reform. This is the DA’s plan, and we intend to pursue it with intensity.

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Affordable housing scheme for Jeffreys Bay

August 17, 2019

The DA led Kouga Municipality is set to introduce a new project which will open up rental and housing opportunities for residents who earn too much to qualify for a free RDP house.

Kouga Planning and Development Portfolio Councillor Ben Rheeder said the municipality had invited proposals for the first-ever Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) and Social Housing development in the region.

“FLISP is a housing programme that makes it easier for South African citizens who earn between R3 501 and R22 000 per month to become first-time home-owners while Social Housing is a key model that provides affordable, medium-density rental housing to low and middle-income households,” he explained.

He said a portion of erf 335 in Jeffreys Bay, bordering the Aston Bay road and Koraal Street, had been approved by Council for the development.

“The project will unlock opportunities for a whole new segment of our population and help to address the lack of affordable housing in the region,” he said.

“We will be starting in Jeffreys Bay, where the biggest need has been identified, but we would also like to launch similar projects in our other towns.”

He said the municipality had already received an in-principle approval from the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) and the provincial Department of Human Settlements for the development.

Development proposals for the project were invited in June and evaluation of the submissions is currently under way.

Rheeder said that while the municipality would be making available the land, it would be the responsibility of the developer to secure the necessary funding, implement the project, handle the marketing and manage the subsequent tenanting of the stock or sale of the units.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the Council was proud to launch another “first” for Kouga.

“This is the latest in a string of recent housing successes,” he said.

“Social Housing, in particular, contributes to transforming urban spatial patterns as it promotes integration and densification in close proximity to economic and social amenities.”

He said as part of Council’s commitment to transparency, housing committees have also been established to improve communication between communities, the municipal administration, Council and the provincial and the national departments of Human Settlements.

Keeping our streets safe is our mission

August 12, 2019

The DA Shadow Minister of Police, Andrew Whitfield, met with residents of Madiba Bay on Saturday and discussed the issue of crime that is affecting all communities in Jeffreys Bay.

Whitfield, who is also leader of the DA in Kouga, said that children need to grow up in communities that are safe and free from criminals who roam the streets, robbing people and making them fear leaving their homes.

“We have a responsibility to leave the world a safer place so that our children do not grow up in fear,” said Whitfield at a meeting of community leaders in Madiba Bay.

“We need to build a safe community so that people wont fear to leave their houses to go and work. Its important that local government, the Police and initiatives like a neighbourhood watch work together to fight crime.

We must build a safe community so that we can build a prosperous community and that includes more visible policing in our streets,” said Whitfield, who was joined by Mayor Horatio Hendricks and other Jeffreys Bay Councillors at the house meeting of community members who want to establish a neighbourhood watch in Madiba Bay.

Whitfield also went door to door with the DA activists and met with residents who shared their concerns about crime and signed the petition requesting the Minister of Police to increase Police visibility in our towns and communities.

The DA petition calls for the following:

  • More visible policing and frequent patrols of crime hotspots.
  • Frequent raids of drug dens and known crime areas as well as the hideaway spots of criminals.
  • Drastically improve on the response time when attending to complaints of violent crime.
  • Formulation of a collective crime prevention strategy.
  • More resources committed to crime prevention initiatives.

DA announces shadow cabinet

June 5, 2019

Mmusi Maimane has announced the DA’s new Shadow Cabinet.

This diverse group of MPs – comprising of talented South Africans from all walks of life – will hold national government accountable for the exercise of their powers, while putting forward fresh ideas and credible alternatives to the plans and policies of national government.

Ministry Shadow Minister Shadow Deputy Minister
The Minister in the Presidency Solly Malatsi Ghaleb Cachalia
The Ministry in the Presidency: Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Luyolo Mphithi Nazley Sharif
The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services Adv. Glynnis Breytenbach Werner Horn
The Ministry of Public Service and Administration Leon Schreiber Michelle Clarke
The Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans Kobus Marais Maliyakhe Shelembe
The Ministry of Home Affairs Joe McGluwa Angel Khanyile
The Ministry of State Security Dianne Kohler Barnard Dr Mimmy Gondwe
The Ministry of Police Andrew Whitfield Okkie Terblanche
The Ministry of Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson Mathew Cuthbert
The Ministry of Finance Geordin Hill-Lewis Dr Dion George
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Annette Steyn Thandeka Mbabama
The Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Leon Basson Emma Powell
The Ministry of Basic Education Nomsa Marchesi Desiree van der Walt
The Ministry of Health Siviwe Gwarube Lindy Wilson
The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation Darren Bergman Mergan Chetty
The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology Prof. Belinda Bozzoli Baxolile Nodada
The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries James Lorimer Hannah Winkler
The Ministry of Transport Chris Hunsinger Thami Mabhena
The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy Kevin Mileham Cheryl Phillips
The Ministry of Social Development Bridget Masango Thandi Mpambo – Sibukhwane
The Ministry of Public Enterprises Natasha Mazzone Erik Marais
The Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture Tsepo Mhlongo Veronica Van Dyk
The Ministry of Employment and Labour Dr Michael Cardo Michael Bagraim
The Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia Kopane Samantha Graham
The Ministry of Small Business Development Zakhele Mbhele Henro Kruger
The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Haniff Hoosen Cilliers Brink
The Ministry of Communications and Telecommunications Phumzile Van Damme Cameron Mackenzie
The Ministry of Tourism Manny De Freitas Hlanganani Gumbi
SCOPA Alf Lees Benedicta Van Minnen
SCOAG Phillip De Lange Eleanore Bouw-Spies
Appropriations Denis Joseph Ashor Sarupen

This Shadow Cabinet will officially meet every fortnight. The purpose of these meetings will be to discuss the upcoming legislative agenda; to deliberate on new policies, debates, and motions; and to table any other matters.

I am confident that our Shadow Cabinet possesses the requisite skills, experience and expertise to bring forward innovative alternatives to move our country forward. Comprising of youth and experience, academics and activists, orators and operators – I am proud to lead this Shadow Cabinet.

We are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work in furthering the cause of democracy and fighting for a future South Africa that belongs to all.

Humansdorp court to be upgraded

May 17, 2019

Twelve years after much-needed upgrades were first approved, the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court is set to receive a facelift in the near future – making it safer and more user-friendly.

The multi-million Rand project, to be implemented over a period of 30 months, is expected to start in the second half of this year and reach completion by the end of 2021.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is set to confirm availability of funding for the project by the end of May, while the Department of Public Works (DPW) need to finalise the necessary design and process the approval of the sketch plan.

Malcolm Figg, the DA Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader, says, “The building is in a total state of disrepair and is inadequate – putting the safety of employees and members of the community at risk.

“Major concerns include the lack of security measures, the presence of dangerous weapons on site and easy access to the magistrate chambers.

“Incidents include two men armed with knives entering the court building, as well as the discovery of a concealed panga-type weapon in the only mail toilets opposite the chief magistrate’s chambers.

“No arrests were made by either the security guards or local police.”

He continues that although separate from the main court rooms, there is no safe and private area designated for children who need to testify. The specific room used, is shared with the senior prosecutor when interviews need to be done.

“The office of the family planning officer can only accommodate three people at a time – which is not an ideal situation.

“This is not an acceptable professional environment where the lives of magistrates, public prosecutors and court personnel are endangered on a daily basis.”

Breaching of the Seekoei River mouth begins

May 14, 2019

The breaching of the Seekoei estuary mouth at Paradise Beach got under way yesterday morning in Jeffreys Bay.

It is expected that it will take at least three weeks to remove enough sand for the estuary mouth to be opened, with a 50m x 500m trench set to be excavated.

The excavation site, as well as a section of the parking area, have been cordoned off.

We ask that people please remain outside these demarcated areas for safety reasons,” said Brenton Williams, the DA Councillor for Aston Bay.

The Seekoei River is suffering from a lack of base flow into the estuary with up to 26 legal dams in the catchment area and many illegal dams preventing the flow of fresh water.

This causes a high salinity level in the estuary and residents have reported numerous big fish dying off in the estuary that borders both Aston Bay and Paradise Beach.

The reason for the breach is to create a flow of sea water into the Seekoei River estuary to assist in reducing the salinity level.

Vote DA to keep the lights on

March 27, 2019

The electricity crisis at Eskom threatens the future of South Africa.

We are being warned to prepare for the grid to fail completely – this means no electricity for days.

The ANC has stolen so much money that they can’t keep the lights on at Eskom anymore.

Already pump stations are failing across the country which leaves people without water. Prolonged rolling blackout will lead to a collapse of basic services.

But it’s even more serious than that.  The government has announced that they’re preparing for Stage 5 and 6 blackouts.

When this is implemented, half of the country will be without power at a time. And if the slightest thing goes wrong during this stage, the power grid could fail completely. That would take weeks. You can imagine what would happen if South Africa was without power for weeks and months.

This is a crisis caused by the ANC.  President Ramaphosa himself was placed in charge of fixing Eskom in 2014. And now things are worse.

The situation is very serious. And we can’t count on the people who broke Eskom to fix it.

The only solution to this crisis is voting the ANC out.  If they stay in power, this could go on indefinitely.

And we can do it. The DA is seeing a surge of support amongst ANC voters as a result of the Eskom crisis, which is affecting every single South African, from the smallest village to the biggest city.

If we unite behind the DA and vote the ANC out the DA will get on with the job of fixing Eskom.

The DA has a clear plan to fix the electricity situation in South Africa.

  • Right now, there are many independent power producers in South Africa, but the ANC government won’t allow cities to buy from anyone other than Eskom.  We would change the law to allow cities to buy electricity from these producers.
  • Rapidly recruit engineers back into Eskom so that power stations can be properly maintained.
  • Allow Eskom to buy coal from any source. Right now they’re only buying coal from certain producers and the suspicion is that these are from ANC- linked companies that provide sub-standard coal.
  • Freeze the build on the last two costly units at the Kusile power station, which is a waste of money and won’t be completed in time. That money can   be   put   into   buying   electricity   from   local   Independent   Power Producers that produce energy from renewable energy sources.
  • Instruct PetroSA to sell Eskom the diesel they need tax free at cost price, so that they can afford to run backup power stations.

We must vote this failing government out, and vote in a DA government that can keep the lights on.

Keep the lights on. Vote DA on 08 May.

Five solutions to keep the Lights on

March 23, 2019

The recent rolling blackouts, set to intensify, show that Eskom’s operations have reached the level of a national crisis. Millions of jobs and livelihoods are now at stake.

This was inevitable given the extent of mismanagement, corruption and bad policy that Eskom has been subjected to over the past two decades.

A total collapse now seems possible, but it is not inevitable. There are five things South Africa can do right away, to avert the monumental catastrophe of a full-scale blackout.

Firstly, the energy production market must be fully opened to competition. This would ideally, but need not necessarily, include privatising the generation entities of Eskom.

Competition will rapidly increase activity, innovation and efficiency in energy production, enabling more energy and a more diverse range of energy to enter the grid.

Decentralised production, diversification and increased supply will bring down electricity costs and build resilience into the system.

The current high prices and unreliable supply of energy is due to the socialist approach of giving a single, state-owned entity monopoly control of our energy market. If we did the same with our bread market, we’d very soon all be queuing for over-priced bread.

Secondly, Eskom should immediately freeze the build process of the last two outstanding units at Kusile. Those funds should be redirected to purchasing electricity from independent power producers.

The Medupi and Kusile builds have major design and build flaws thanks to extraordinary levels of corruption and are thus not worth proceeding with, since they cannot deliver anywhere near the promised capacity.

Thirdly, engineering and maintenance at Eskom should be classified as an “essential service” that cannot enter into strike action.

Otherwise, this crisis puts union bosses in a position to hold our entire economy hostage to their demands for ongoing above-inflation wage increases. We must preclude the possibility of extortion.

Fourthly, major smart meters must be installed for municipalities, to force municipalities to collect revenues and pay Eskom timeously.

Eskom’s financial and operational crises are irrevocably interlinked, because the worse Eskom’s finances, the less maintenance is done on its infrastructure. The more unplanned outages Eskom experiences as a result, the less electricity it is able to sell and thus the deeper it slides into debt.

Fifthly, well-functioning metros and municipalities must be allowed to source energy directly from independent suppliers. SA cannot continue with Eskom being a monopoly buyer and seller of electricity.

This is a classic case of having all our eggs in one basket. For example, if you have solar panels on your roof, you should be able to sell the excess energy you produce.

Most municipalities in the Western Cape already have legislation in place to buy and sell alternative sustainable energy such as solar energy.

The DA is currently pursuing court action against the ANC government to win the right for local governments to buy and sell energy directly from independent producers. As soon as that legal battle is won, our local governments can hit the ground running.

DA-led governments have taken proactive measures to reduce the risk imposed by this avoidable crisis. Most importantly, we have prioritised investing in, maintaining and upgrading the electricity distribution infrastructure to avoid outages due to local breakdown.

The City of Cape Town also maintains and utilises the Steenbras pumped-storage scheme to supplement electricity supply during periods of peak demand.

This means the City is sometimes able to avoid load-shedding or remain on a lesser stage than Eskom requires. And the City is investing in a natural gas distribution network to increase energy supply and resilience.

Only mass action can compel the national government to take the five steps needed to avert a total collapse of our electricity system.

That is why I am calling for a National Day of Action on Friday 29 March. I urge every citizen who loves South Africa to join this mass call for radical reform to our system.

Of course, our most powerful action would be to cut off the ANC’s power on 8 May. At the end of the day, this crisis requires strong leadership that will stand up to union bosses and ensure change occurs.

The advantage of the DA is that whilst we recognize the role of unions, they are not voting delegates at DA congresses.

Warm regards,

Mmusi Maimane
DA Leader

DA reports Mngxitama to Human Rights Commission over “kill whites” comments

December 11, 2018

The DA will be reporting Andile Mngxitama to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Equality Court in terms of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) for comments in which he incites violence against white South Africans.

The Equality Court in terms of PEPUDA Chapter 2, sections 6 and 7, states that “no person may unfairly discriminate against any person on the ground of race, including – (a) the dissemination of any propaganda or idea, which propounds the racial superiority of inferiority of any person, including incitement to, or participation in, any form of violence; (b) the engagement in any activity which is intended to promote, or has the effect of promoting, exclusivity, based on race”.

Further to this, the DA North West Provincial Leader, Joe McGluwa, will lay charges against Mngxitima for incitement of imminent violence. We cannot allow Mngxitama’s comments and actions to go unchallenged.
Institutions of the state empowered to investigate and prosecute on matters of this nature have a duty to act.

In a speech delivered at a BLF rally in Potchefstroom on 9 December, and in a series of tweets thereafter, Mngxitama launched into a tirade against businessman Johann Rupert, saying inter alia “if he hires his taxi bosses to kill one black we shall kill five whites” and “[w]e will go to the white suburbs and avenge each black life.”

To view the video in which Mngxitama makes his comments, click here. Evidence of Mngxitama’s remarks on Twitter can be viewed here, here, here and here.

This will not be the first time BLF and their leader find themselves knee-deep in hate speech allegations. This behaviour is undoubtedly a trend characteristic of the BLF, as is clearly evident based on their track record over the past 2 years. In 2018 alone, the following comes to light:

• The BLF have been accused of hate speech by the South African Human Rights Commission, who have simultaneously recommended that the party be prevented from contesting the 2019 elections on the grounds that they have made statements violating the Electoral Act;

• Spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp has come under fire for his posting on both Facebook and Twitter that “I have aspirations to kill white people, and this must be achieved!”; and

• Earlier this year, a female lawyer was branded racist by BLF members and attacked in Johannesburg – when EWN asked Mngxitama to comment on the incident, he responded by saying he did not know why she was labelled as racist by BLF members, but that he supported their actions in attacking her and believed whatever they had to say.

These acts follow the BLF’s behaviour patterns last year, namely in September 2017, when Mngxitama tweeted: “For those claiming the legacy of the holocaust is ONLY negative, think about the lampshades and Jewish soap”. This was followed with another tweet: “the aroma of the burning flesh from the furnace of the holocaust may wet the appetite of the SA cannibals”.

The national director of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) Wendy Kahn said the board was seeking orders from court to find Mngxitama in violation of the Equality Act for hate speech, harassment, and to find him guilty of unfair discrimination. Mngxitama responded to these moves by Kahn by stating that the SAJBD was displaying white supremacist tendencies.

South Africa belongs to all who live in it. There is no place for race-based incitement of violence and those who engage in hate speech should be investigated and prosecuted with the full might of the law. We cannot turn a blind eye to or diminish the seriousness of Mngxitama’s naked racism, hate speech and incitement.

The DA will continue to fight for the rights of all South Africans – black and white. We are the only party that will build One South Africa for All and bring the much-needed change South Africans so desperately deserve.

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.