DA calls on IEC to probe ANC in Joburg over Eskom lies

The DA calls on the IEC to investigate the ANC for spreading misinformation in an attempt to mislead voters about the distribution of electricity in the City of Johannesburg.

The ANC in the region released a statement today claiming that the City of Johannesburg administration signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Eskom which will enable the City’s process to takeover Eskom supplied areas to City Power”. 

The statement by the ANC claims that [the] signed agreement ensures that the electricity bought in bulk from Eskom allows the City’s electricity distributor, City Power, safe and reliable distribution of electricity to the residents of Johannesburg”. 

News24 has since reported that the Eskom Spokesperson, Sikonathi Mantshantsha, rubbished the claims by the ANC as untrue. 

So desperate is the ANC to distract the public from the rolling blackouts that we have once again been plunged into on their watch, that they now appear to have resorted to lies and misinformation.

The IEC has a duty in terms of Section 89(2)(b) and (c) in Part 1 of the Electoral Act to look into and sanction political parties that publishes false information.  

This blatant lie by the ANC is condemnable and highlights how low the organisation is willing to go to cling onto their dwindling power. 

Unlike the ANC, DA-run municipalities are getting things done on the front of electricity independence. The Western Cape Provincial Government in July concluded the signing of the Memorandums of Understanding with the six candidate municipalities participating in the Municipal Energy Resilience Initiative in the Western Cape. The province and its municipalities are well on their way to free residents from Eskom’s grips.

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MABUYANE SCANDAL: Premier must immediately resign

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane must immediately tender his resignation in light of the damning Public Protector’s report that has found he was on the receiving end of money siphoned off from the Mbizana Municipality.

The report is also damning of current MEC for Public Works, Babalo Madikizela, who should also step down with immediate effect.

It is galling that the Premier and his executive can walk around and preach about tackling corruption, good governance and consequence management, when he himself has had his hand in the cookie jar the entire time!

The Premier is quick to talk about dehumanising residents and undermining their constitutional rights.

How many poor people from Mbizana are suffering, while the Premier relaxes in his luxurious multi-million-rand home, paid for with money stolen from the public purse that was meant to improve their lives?

The report, released by the PP this afternoon, found that Mabuyane had benefitted from over R1.1 million that was siphoned off from the Mbizana municipality, in that he received payments for upgrades to his Bunkers Hill home, valued at R450,000.

The report also found there was an irresistible inference that MEC Madikizela knew that the R1.1million was derived from an unlawful activity, and that there is a reasonable apprehension or probability that Mabuyane also knew or reasonably ought to have known the same.

It is not about whether the Premier gave back the money he received, after the allegations initially surfaced, but whether he committed wrongdoing in taking the money in the first place.

How can we trust this Premier to fight the cancer of corruption in our province, when the Public Protector herself has found he is corrupt?

The DA welcomes the referral of the matter to the Head of the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigations (Hawks) and call for swift action to be taken.

We also await the report to be tabled in the Eastern Cape Legislature and will be monitoring the situation closely.

Dis ’n desperate leuen dat die DA Kaapstad se gholfbane sal “sloop” om “krotbuurte” te skep

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Diegene wat insinueer dat die DA Kaapstad se gholfbane wil “sloop” om dit in “krotbuurte” te omskep probeer doelbewus die publiek mislei. Die DA is nie van plan om gholfbane of enige ander sport- of ontspanningsgeriewe te sloop nie.

Die inwoners van Kaapstad hoef net na ons bestuursrekord van die afgelope 15 jaar te kyk om te sien dat die DA nog nooit enige sport- en ontspanningsgeriewe van Kaapstad gemeenskappe weggeneem het nie – ons sal dit ook nooit doen nie. In werklikheid is daar geen beter plek as Kaapstad om in eiendom te belê nie, juis omdat die DA privaat eiendomsreg beskerm. Kiesers hoef net na die DA se leidende rol in die stryd teen onteiening sonder vergoeding te kyk as bewys.

Die enigste ontwikkeling wat tans beplan word op grond wat voorheen as ’n gholfbaan in Kaapstad gebruik is, is die R4.5 miljard Amazon-belegging by die River Club. En dit is heel duidelik die verste denkbare ding van ’n “sloping” om ’n “krotbuurt” te vestig. Dié ontwikkeling sal duisende nuwe werksgeleenthede vir die inwoners van Kaapstad bied. Die Stad Kaapstad hou ook al reeds maande lank uitgebreide gemeenskapskonsultasies oor die moontlikheid om die Mowbray- en Rondebosch-gholfbane, wat oorkant mekaar geleë is, te kombineer. Indien die gemeenskap besluit om voort te gaan met hierdie projek, sal waardevolle grond beskikbaar gestel word vir ’n ekstra werkskeppende ontwikkeling.

Nêrens in Kaapstad of in die res van die land het die DA planne om gholfbane in krotbuurte te verander nie, en dit is absurd en desperaat van enige party om dit as sulks voor te hou.

Enige party wat werklik ernstig is daaroor om te regeer moet die dringende nood om meer behuisingsopsies in Kaapstad te bied erken, en ophou om vals inligting te versprei. Om die behoefte aan meer behuising in Kaapstad te ignoreer is nie net wreed teenoor die duisende Kapenaars wat nie voldoende huisvesting het nie, maar sal ook lei tot ’n ontploffing van grondgrype en dakloosheid wat uiteindelik almal se eiendomswaarde ernstig sal benadeel.

Juis daarom het die DA ’n duidelike en omvattende plan ter tafel gelê om duisende nuwe behuisingsgeleenthede te bied deur die minister van openbare werke in die ANC-regering, Patricia de Lille, te oortuig om mega-eiendomme soos Acacia Park en militêre terreine soos Ysterplaat, Wingfield en Youngsfield vry te stel vir ontwikkeling. Die grond wat deur De Lille en haar ANC-kollegas beheer word, beslaan meer as 700 hektaar – 72 keer meer grond as wat die stad besit met die potensiaal om tussen 43 000 en 234 000 nuwe huise in samewerking met die privaat sektor te ontwikkel.

Die DA se plan is ’n duidelike wen-wen-benadering vir huidige en toekomstige eiendomseienaars. Deur hierdie 700 hektaar te ontwikkel, sal behoefitge Kapenaars van ordentlike, formele behuising voorsien word, terwyl die risiko van grondgrype in die stad verminder.

Dit is tyd dat opposisiepartye eerlik is oor die DA se uitmundende rekord om eiendomsreg te beskerm, in plaas daarvan om populistiese leuens te versprei en die risiko van grondgrype en die impak van die behuisingsnood in Kaapstad te ignoreer.

It is a desperate lie to suggest that the DA will “bulldoze” Cape Town golf courses to create “slums”

Those who are insinuating that the DA wants to “bulldoze” and turn golf courses in Cape Town into “slums” are purposely trying to mislead the public. The DA has no intention of bulldozing golf courses or any other sport or recreation facilities. 

The people of Cape Town need only look at our track record over the past 15 years to see that the DA never has – and never will – take sports and recreation facilities away from any community in Cape Town. In reality, there is no better place to invest in property than Cape Town, precisely because the DA defends private property rights. Voters need look no further for proof than the DA’s leading role in fighting against expropriation without compensation. 

The only development currently set to take place on land that was previously used as a golf course in Cape Town is the R4.5 billion investment by Amazon at the River Club. This is clearly the furthest conceivable thing from “bulldozing” to create a “slum,” and will provide thousands of new job opportunities for the people of Cape Town. The City of Cape Town has also for months been holding extensive community consultations in relation to possibly combining into one the Mowbray and Rondebosch golf courses – which are across the road from one another. If the community decides to undertake this consolidation, it could free up valuable land for additional job-creating development. 

Nowhere in Cape Town, nor anywhere else in the country, does the DA have any plans to turn golf courses into “slums,” and it is patently absurd and desperate of any party to make this suggestion.

Instead of spreading misinformation, any party that is truly serious about governing would recognise the urgent need to provide more housing options in Cape Town. Ignoring the need for more housing in Cape Town is not only cruel towards the thousands of Capetonian families who lack adequate housing, but will also lead to an explosion in land invasions and homelessness that will ultimately severely damage everyone’s property values.

That is precisely why the DA has put a clear and comprehensive plan on the table to provide thousands of new housing opportunities by fighting for Public Works Minister in the ANC government, Patricia de Lille, to release mega-properties like Acacia Park and military sites like Ysterplaat, Wingfield and Youngsfield. The land controlled by De Lille and her ANC colleagues adds up to over 700 hectares, which is 72-times more land than the City owns, and can provide between 43 000 and 234 000 new houses if released for private sector-led development. 

The DA’s plan is a clear win-win approach for both current and future property owners. Developing these 700-hectares will provide Capetonians in need with decent, formal houses, while reducing the risk of land invasions across the city.

Instead of peddling populist misinformation and overlooking the risk of land invasions that would stem from cruelly ignoring the need for housing in Cape Town, opposition parties would do well to recognize the DA’s long-standing track record of protecting property rights for all.

DA calls for SIU to investigate dodgy stadium tender following shocking revelations

Please find attached a soundbite by Jane Cowley MPL

The Democratic Alliance has called on the Special Investigating Unit to launch an investigation into the tender for the building of the Lesseyton sports stadium after shocking reports relating to the contractor have come to light.

The Democratic Alliance has learnt that not only did Thalami Civils, which was awarded the contract, receive the lowest scores for the tender in question, but the owner of the company, Luthando Jojwana, was arrested for stealing bricks in 2017.

Jojwana was arrested after stealing the bricks from a Mnquma local municipality site, which he then used to finish off a job building a taxi rank, supposedly worth R6 million.

This stadium contract is just one more tragic example of how tender processes have been totally corrupted.

Municipal tender processes, designed to ensure that quality infrastructure development and maintenance are prioritised, are being completely flouted by ANC deployed cadres, who treat tenders as get rich quick schemes.

These deployed cadres in EMLM have become a law unto themselves.

The DA has learnt that, despite the EMLM council having referred the stadium contract to the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC), which labelled it as irregular and recommended disciplinary processes, the recommendation was ignored, and the municipality continued working with the company.

I conducted an oversight visit to the stadium with DA Federal Council Chairperson Helen Zille yesterday. What we saw was a pathetic excuse for a sports field, and it is no surprise that the local residents feel aggrieved.

This shocking disrespect for the Lesseyton community, disregard for the public purse and blatant skimming of money for self-enrichment is an indictment on the municipality, especially those in leadership positions.

They must be held to account. Heads must roll!

For this reason, my colleague Hon Vicky Knoetze, the Shadow MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), is writing to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to request that a full investigation into the awarding of the tender to Thalami Civils is launched.

Where the DA governs, we treat the public purse with the utmost respect. This is why we run the best municipalities in the country, where the law is upheld, services are delivered, and quality infrastructure is provided to communities. Where we govern, we get things done.

Water security still only a dream in Mangaung as the Gariep Pipeline is quietly shelved

Please find the attached soundbites in English, Afrikaans and Sesotho by DA Councillors in the Mangaung Metro. Please click here, here, and here for images.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has established that the much vaunted water pipeline project which was to ensure the long term water security of the Mangaung Metro and surrounding towns in the Southern Free State, which was to have been built between the Gariep dam and the Mangaung Metro, has quietly being shelved.

All this while the current government of the Mangaung Metro has either not being informed of this decision yet, or are not sharing the true details of this decision and the impact thereof with residents – given that the official spokesperson of the Mangaung Metro, Mr Khondile Khedama, has as recently as last week, when he confirmed that water restrictions were to stay in place in Mangaung, advised residents that the building of this pipeline is continuing at pace.

This project was first championed by the former Executive Mayor of the Mangaung Metro, Mr Thabo Manyoni, as far back as 2015. In In 2016, the Department of Water and Sanitation delivered a report under the heading “Mangaung Water Augmentation Project Gariep Pipeline” which highlighted plans to develop a pipeline from the Gariep Dam to Bloemfontein. In the same year it was formally announced as a project by the Department.

Now, more than 5 years since the inception of this project, and after an estimated amount of close R50 million has been spent on investigations and feasibility assessments of creating the pipeline from the Gariep dam to Bloemfontein, there is nothing to show for this project. These five wasted years could have been used to secure the Metro’s water infrastructure for the future and ultimately these five wasted years could have been used to ensure that the Metro would never face a “day-zero” scenario during the dry months.

The DA has always considered this project to have been ill-advised because this Gariep pipeline would inevitably have made water unaffordable for many residents, as the initial plans required 3 to 4 pumping stations to be built to supply water to Bloemfontein. If these plans were to go ahead, the residents of Mangaung would have had to sit with the additional burden of increased water levies to facilitate the cost of these pumping stations.

Despite our best advice against this project, at the time, the ANC government insisted on forging ahead with this plan, promising that this would prevent water scarcity in the Mangaung Metro and surrounding rural areas.

Yet, there is nothing worse than creating an expectation of hope for residents, only for this hope to be tarnished by ANC misrule. The residents of the Mangaung Metro have had to sit with ongoing water supply troubles as a consequence of these failures by the ANC. Residents of Mangaung and surrounding town have experienced water-shedding far too often over the last years, with the frequency of water interruptions increasing from year to year.

The DA is of the view that while everything possible will be done by the ANC to keep taps flowing between now and the election on 1 November this year, water disruptions will be inevitable soon after the election given the parlous state of water infrastructure and current storage capability.

We therefore will seek to engage the new Minister of Water and Sanitation, Mr Senzo Mchunu, to impress upon him the need to deal with this matter with the necessary speed.

The DA is of the opinion that the most sustainable and feasible option would be to create a pipeline between the Caledon River at Wilgerdraai to Rustfontein Dam, as this would only cost approximately 60% of the cost of the Gariep pipeline and the life expectancy of this water infrastructure would be around 50 years. This would also supply water to the Rustfontein Dam located in the Modder River near Thaba Nchu. The second option, should funding be an issue, is to expand the Tienfontein pumping station, as this would only cost approximately 15% of Gariep pipeline and will have a life expectancy of around 30 years. Through this mechanism water could also be supplied from Tienfontein pumping station to Knelpoort Dam, which would then supply water into the Modder River to Mockes dam and Maselspoort.

Water is a scarce national resource that should be protected by government, especially in a water scarce province such as the Free State.

As residents now face with the looming inconvenience of possible water-shedding after the Local Government Elections, as the ANC closes the taps on Mangaung owing to a lack of water supply, residents have the opportunity to vote for a DA-governed Mangaung to bring water security to its residents.

Lesseyton Stadium a manifestation of ANC municipal rot

Please find attached soundbites in English and Afrikaans by Jane Cowley, MPL

Today, 7 October 2021, I conducted an oversight inspection at the controversial Lesseyton Stadium in Komani (Queenstown) with Democratic Alliance Federal Council Chairperson, Helen Zille. This project has sparked a nationwide outcry which highlights the almost complete collapse of service delivery in ANC-led municipalities.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality has repeatedly called for a forensic audit into the price structuring and management of municipal infrastructure projects, which are unrealistically high, always experience delays and demonstrate substandard materials and workmanship.

The shabby and sub-standard sports stadium which municipal officials handed over to community members in Lesseyton on Monday, 4 October 2021, is an insult to the people who live there and has been rejected with the contempt it deserves. The so-called stadium is little more than scaffolding, the field is dry and the hard, and the rugby poles have collapsed. The changing-room facilities also have no running water and, therefore, cannot be used. (see pictures here, here, here and here)

This Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) project, which was initially tagged at R22,7 million, was then slashed to R15 million. The DA approached professionals in the building, steelworks and landscaping fields who weighed in on the cost of the existing structure.

According to them a very generous estimate of work done and existing structures, considering the substandard materials which were used, is R4,85 million. If blasting is included (the video evidence does not clearly indicate where the blasting took place as no pre-existing buildings surrounding the site are seen in the video) and an allowance for bad weather delays is built in, the absolute maximum this contract should have cost is between R6 and R6,5 million.

The DA will insist on a full forensic audit into this project and other municipal projects which have failed dismally. I will also write to the EC MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Xolile Nqatha, to establish what protocols are in place to criminally charge party officials, administrators and service providers who collude to milk municipal coffers dry for self- enrichment.

Where the DA governs, all municipal funds can be accounted for. Where we govern, we get things done.

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Let’s make 1 November the beginning of the end for load shedding in Cape Town

Moments ago, South Africans turned on their radios and television screens, and looked down at their phones, to see the news that Eskom has once again plunged our country into load shedding. Over the coming days and weeks, South Africa is set to once again lose over R500 million per stage of loadshedding, per day.

Now imagine a South African city where you never have to live in fear of load shedding ever again. Imagine a city where the lights are always one. Where businesses spend money on hiring more workers rather than on generators and fuel, where students no longer have to study by candlelight, and where it is safe for children to play outside because the streetlights never go out.

Now stop imagining.

Because this is exactly what the DA is offering the people of Cape Town on the 1st of November.

Mere hours before Eskom plunged us back into the job-destroying load shedding nightmare, the DA announced our plan to end load shedding in Cape Town. Capetonians already know that the DA uses the Steenbras hydroelectric scheme to protect them against one full stage of load shedding. Over the coming days, with the rest of the country trapped in stage two, things will already be better with Cape Town only on stage one.

But the DA is ready to build on this proven track record by eliminating load shedding altogether and breaking Eskom’s monopoly over electricity generation. Under our plan, Cape Town will procure electricity directly from independent power producers, empower businesses and residents to sell excess electricity via the city’s grid, pump further investments into Steenbras, and build a modern power utility for Cape Town.

By generating and purchasing our own electricity in this way, Cape Town will reduce our dependence on Eskom with its dirty and broken coal-fired power stations, eliminate load shedding, and provide cheaper and greener electricity to power an economic boom in our city.

In less than three weeks, the people of Cape Town can stop imagining a thriving future without load shedding. On 1 November, they have the power to turn this vision in to reality and making this the beginning of the end for load shedding in Cape Town.

A vote for the DA is a vote against load shedding and for a better tomorrow with electricity for all.

DA Mayoral candidate Randall Williams sets out vision for the City of Tshwane

Please see the speech that was delivered by the DA Tshwane Mayoral candidate, Randall Williams, at the Union Buildings during the Manifesto launch.

Good afternoon, Democrats and members of the media,

Friends, we are less than one month away from the local government elections on 1 November.
Over the last few weeks, we have been placing clear blue water between us and the other political parties.

We have unveiled our mayoral candidates, launched our national manifesto and driven our messaging that the Democratic Alliance gets things done.

Across Tshwane and its 107 wards, our councillors, candidates and activists have been blanketing the city with activities to support our campaigning.

We are continuously engaging with communities to ensure that we listen and respond to their needs.

We are here and we are on the ground across our city.

Let me then start by acknowledging and thanking each and everyone one of you for the efforts that you have put in.

We have got an excellent team in Tshwane to take us forward.

Friends, today we are launching our Tshwane manifesto.

Again, this is what makes us stand out from the rest of the political parties in the country.
We are the only political party to invest ourselves in the detail so that we create specific plans for the major cities in our country.

There is not a single other political organization that is launching individualized city-specific manifestos.

The fact that we can do this is a testament to the depth of knowledge and planning that we are taking into this election.

That is the DA difference.

Historical context of administrators

Democrats, you would have seen this week the Constitutional Court affirmed the decision that the actions by the ANC Provincial Government to place the city under administration was unlawful.

It was a victory for the Democratic Alliance and the residents of Tshwane.

Under 8 months of ANC rule in Tshwane, we know that basic service delivery had effectively ceased due to a lack of any internal controls or oversight.

Grass in public parks and cemeteries was not cut, potholes grew in size, faulty streetlights plunged neighbourhoods into darkness, electricity and water outages took days to be attended to.

And of course, as has well been established, in just 8 months, they plunged the city finances into ruin, taking the DA’s surplus and turning it into a R4.3 billion deficit.

Friends, this is why it is so important to have a plan and strategy that takes the city forward.
This is why we have spent our time in Tshwane ensuring that we systematically identify the key areas that require our focus and attention.

This is what our manifesto speaks to, 10 key points that we will drive the change in Tshwane.

1. Prioritisation of the electrical grid and water infrastructure

The City of Tshwane’s utilities infrastructure such as its substations, transformers, electrical networks, reservoirs, waste-water treatment plants, sewer and water reticulation networks are its most critical assets.

They are the lifeblood of the municipality and drive the city forward. It is crucial that this infrastructure is continuously upgraded and maintained so that the city can provide a quality level of service to residents and support the growth of urban developments.

This requires investing heavily in the development of new substations to support growth and prioritizing more dedicated funding for the expansion and upgrading of the existing substations in the city.

We will create a comprehensive streetlight maintenance strategy to ensure 95% illumination of city streets at all times.

We must also ensure that our response times to 90% of electricity outages are resolved within a maximum of 8 hours.

To prevent water leaks we will drive large scale replacement of ageing city water pipes and reticulation infrastructure along with the large scale upgrades and refurbishment of strategic waste-water treatment plants to provide quality water to residents.

2. Provide stringent financial management and oversight.

The City of Tshwane’s finances must be managed in a way that derives the best possible value and outcomes for residents. The formulation of the budget, the allocation of resources and procuring of goods must place the needs of residents first.

To do this requires financial thinking that protects the city’s surplus and does not seek to place overburdensome financial obligations on the city or fund projects that do not serve the public good.

It requires that the city has an accurate and consistent way of billing residents to ensure that they pay for the services that they receive.

We will be tracking customer complaints and billing issues to ensure they are properly resolved and feedback provided.

The budget will always be structured towards core service delivery and infrastructure development to advance the growth of the city.

There will be a new blacklisting strategy where we will hold service providers to account who provide poor quality service to the city.

3. Promote employment and economic growth in the city

The City of Tshwane is a catalyst for growth as a major metropolitan and as the capital city.
As the administrative hub of the country, it has an established international footprint, as it contains the second-highest number of embassies in the world, an array of research institutions and numerous major industries that offer it a significant competitive advantage over our cities.
Our budget will fund infrastructure that enables economic growth and expansion in the city so we create an environment where jobs can flourish.

We will continue to implement our lottery system to utilize Expanded Public Works Programme recruitment fairly and transparently and ensure that the ANC’s nepotism never returns.
To advance growth we will be leveraging the city’s property portfolio by releasing land for strategic developments or offering competitive leases in the open market is another key mechanism to drive growth

4. Enhancing city safety and emergency services.

The City of Tshwane provides multiple services within the safety and emergency services environment. This work is supported by core frontline personnel in the Tshwane Metro Police, Fire brigades and Ambulances who put their lives on the line to keep residents safe.
This environment must continuously be strengthened as City of Tshwane personnel are often the first responders on the scenes of an accident or a crisis.

This requires introducing more dedicated personnel and visible policing particularly around the inner city.

We will be strengthening our multi-disciplinary task team to combat land invasions and protect the rights of residents.

I intend to introduce a rural safety blueprint to assist residents living on agricultural land supported by a rural policing unit.

We will also continue to strengthen our ambulance service and fire brigade which is one the best in the country.

5. Maintaining a clean and protected natural environment

The City of Tshwane is one of the largest metropolitans in the world in terms of geographic landmass. It contains a diversity of nature that should be protected and safeguarded not only for health reasons but because it drives the local economy for tourism and promotes a higher standard of life for residents.

We must clean our environment clean through a reliable and cost-effective waste removal service while providing continued maintenance of city parks and public spaces.
We will also actively drive recycling initiatives and separation at source campaigns to reduce and drive employment.

I intend to ensure that our monthly Tswelopele mayoral clean-up campaigns will remain a persistent feature of our work to keep the city clean.

6. Develop road infrastructure and advance mobility

Economic growth in the city is enabled by well-developed and maintained road networks that facilitate mobility for residents across the municipality.

With a city as geographically expansive as Tshwane, it is critical that there is a determined effort to ensure that it is as interconnected as possible.

A city that is accessible and facilitates mobility drives economic growth.

So we will further expand the development of road infrastructure, particularly in rural areas.
We will implement a 48-hour responsiveness strategy to the filling of potholes while ensuring that road maintenance and resurfacing schedules are mapped and tracked in terms of performance

Our bus fares will remain affordable to all residents while we continuously evaluate transport routes to ensure integration across all major transport nodes in the city.

7. Supporting the vulnerable and providing social relief

Many residents in Tshwane live in rural areas with little to no income. The city currently has over 200 informal settlements within its boundaries which are continuously growing due to the pressures that arise with rapid urbanization.

Low-income families can face significant challenges in their day to day lives.
We must support communities by funding charities and non-profit organisations that run programmes to counter substance abuse.

Our Food Bank will also be deployed to provide support to at-risk communities and vulnerable households.

We will continue to facilitate the provision of serviced stands- water and electricity connections, to facilitate access to land for residents also driving the construction of social housing in our communities.

8. Modernisation and digitization of city processes

Modern technologies have significantly advanced how organisations operate in the 21st century. They present a unique opportunity for the city to enhance its operations and derive better efficiencies and value from the services that it provides.

Introducing new technologies should be welcomed in the City of Tshwane to better advance service delivery and responsiveness to the needs of residents.

We will expand on our rollout of online systems to support city planning applications. We will also further leverage virtual platforms to drive customer engagements and resolve disputes.
Coupled with this includes the expansion of Tshwane free Wi-fi so that we can support residents across the city with internet access.

9. Promoting good governance, accountability and transparency

The City of Tshwane must operate openly and transparently where decisions can be easily scrutinized or engaged upon by the public. Decisions cannot be taken behind closed doors and imposed upon residents. At all levels of the institution, there must be transparency.

Where misconduct or poor performance is identified it must be dealt with in the strictest terms to protect the integrity of the institution.

We will take a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and prosecute officials engaged with criminal activity. We will continue to employ fit for purpose top managers and implement robust performance management systems to drive efficiency in the city.

I also intend to cultivate active partnerships with the Hawks and SIU to drive criminal prosecutions.

10. Implement a robust Covid-19 management strategy

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed how the City of Tshwane operates and will be a feature defining governance for the foreseeable future. The virus has forced numerous changes in how operations are conducted and how the city engages with residents.

We will continue to roll out the vaccination drive across our over 53 different locations as we strive to protect our residents and drive immunity.

My priority will be ensuring that City of Tshwane staff are also provided with the necessary requirements such that Covid-19 can be easily managed and does not disrupt our work in the city.

Friends, what I have described above is not even the full detail of our manifesto, they are the core highlights.

But that is the DA difference because we are the only party that invests in the detail.
We don’t look for broad sweeping statements, we have taken stock of our city, we know what it needs and we know how to take it forward.

This is a manifesto that will drive progress and create value for the residents of our municipality.

It speaks to an organization that gets things done and will continue to get things done.
To do that requires that we get 50%+1 in our city.

So let us go out there and encourage all we know to vote DA.

This is our moment now to secure the future of our city for generations to come.

Thank you.

Ramaphosa chooses Cele over Sitole in battle for power of SAPS

Please find attached soundbite by Andrew Whitfield MP.

The DA welcomes the fact that National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, has been served with a notice of intention to suspend by President Cyril Ramaphosa following the damning judgment by Judge Dennis Davis earlier this year which found that he failed to cooperate with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) investigation into the “Nasrec Grabber” scandal.

This move by the President presents an opportunity for him to completely clean-up shop at the South African Police Service (SAPS) by also removing Police Minister Bheki Cele.

The President has effectively chosen to side with the Police Minister in his ongoing spat with General Sitole which has crippled the SAPS.

It is not only Sitole that has brought the SAPS into disrepute, Minister Cele is also to blame for the ongoing dysfunction.

General Sitole’s suspension opens the door for Cele to effectively become the ‘Shadow Police Commissioner’. This is exactly the sort of control and power he has always wanted ever since he was removed as National Police Commissioner by former President Jacob Zuma under a cloud of controversy.

If the President is serious about overhauling the SAPS into a demilitarised and professional service, he must remove Minster Cele with immediate effect to show that he is serious about hitting the reset button on the SAPS.

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