EFF & ANC coalition a blow to service delivery and economic growth in NMB

R200 million of service delivery projects will grind to a halt, due to a populist partnership between the EFF and ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay.

At a Council Meeting on 27 February 2018, the ANC, EFF, AIC, UF, PA and UDM put politics first when they voted against a 85% pro-poor adjustments budget, stealing service delivery from the city’s poorest residents.

The Metro Police are now unable to purchase new vehicles, which were meant to fight gangsterism in the city’s Northern Areas and townships. R3 million was allocated for this in the failed adjustments budget. Any blood spilt in this war against crime is on the hands of the EFF and ANC.

R13.3 million that was meant to go towards public lighting in the city’s darkest communities who have the ANC and the EFF to thank for their dark and unsafe streets.

R45 million was meant to be adjusted to improve sanitation and water infrastructure in Motherwell, Wells Estate, Khayamnandi and KwaLanga with a further R39 million budgeted for water leaks detection. The opposition chose to reject this important service delivery initiative because their focus is a populist agenda that only suits themselves, and keeps residents using the bucket system.

This coalition government proposed an adjustment of R10 million, meant for the tarring of gravel roads in township communities. R2 million of this was for Ward 17 alone, an ANC ward, near the symbolic Red Location Museum. Instead, the ANC and EFF would rather our residents be subjected to undignified, untarred, gravel roads.

R67 million was meant to be budgeted for vacancies in the Metro, from which the insourcing of security officials, something the EFF initially supported, was meant to be funded.

It is clear that the ANC and EFF do not want services to be delivered to our city’s poor. They are power hungry populists more interested in lining their own pockets than delivering services to the people. The voting down of this adjustments budget, led by the ANC and EFF, is a horror for the city’s poor.

We will not stand idly by and watch the EFF help the ANC steal back Nelson Mandela Bay. The people of Nelson Mandela Bay voted the ANC out of government and elected a DA, ACDP and COPE coalition government. We will defend the will of the people and we call on the people to defend their coalition government.

The ANC stands for crumbling service delivery, building corrupt governments and destroying economies and jobs. And now we know the EFF does too.

This coalition government, led by me as Executive Mayor, stands for service delivery, stopping corruption and growing the economy to create jobs.

By June, this government will have created 8000 job opportunities through EPWP. We have launched the first ever Metro Police Force. We have tarred over 30km of Road. We have eradicated 5000 bucket toilets. We have installed 1000 new public lights. We have painted new road markings across the City.

We are in the best financial position we have been in for over five years. We are making progress. Only those who choose not to see, cannot see.

So, yes, we will stand in the face of any challenge. We will stand in the face of any populist agenda. We will stand in the face of any party that wishes to crush our democracy.

And we will win. Together, as one City with One Future.

DA to report EFF’s Malema to Equality Court for hate speech

The DA condemns in the strongest terms the comments made by EFF Leader, Julius Malema, that “[w]e are going to remove a mayor of PE […] [w]e are going for your white man in PE. We are going to cut the throat” referring to DA Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Mayor, Athol Trollip.
Malema’s statements are nothing short of hate speech and go as far as an incitement to violence. While these kinds of vile and bigoted statements have come to characterise the EFF and its Leader, they have no place in South Africa and only undermines our constitutional democracy.
The DA will report Malema to the Equality Court in terms of Section 10 of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, which states that “no person may publish, propagate, advocate or communicate words based on one or more of the prohibited grounds, against any person, that could reasonably be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to: (a) be hurtful; (b) be harmful or to incite harm; [and] (c) promote or propagate hatred”. 
Furthermore, the EFF’s threat to remove the Mayor Trollip from the helm of NMB is a clear case of the EFF cutting off its nose to spite its face. Malema himself stated that the move to get rid of Mayor Trollip is not “because he stole the money or anything” or in an effort to improve the lives of the people in NMB.
The fact is that the EFF is willing to sacrifice the delivery of services and hand over NMB to the same corrupt and ineffective ANC the people of Port Elizabeth voted out of power.
The only people who will suffer the consequences of the EFF’s cheap politicking will be the residents of NMB. The EFF is effectively attempting to reverse all the good work the DA-led coalition has done, and hand NMB back to the ANC on a silver platter.
Under the DA-led coalition, NMB has made huge strides by:

  • Exposing the ANC’s corruption, by recovering millions of rands through freezing corrupt contracts;
  • Stabilising the metro’s administration by appointing executive directors;
  • Introducing a Metro Police;
  • Connecting over 12 000 residents to running water and toilets for the first time; and
  • Creating 8 000 Expanded Public Works (EPWP) job.

The EFF’s threats to remove Mayor Trollip is not in the best interest of the people of NMB but only serves to boost their populist agenda.
Malema, on Wednesday, accused the DA of not “appreciating the pain that comes with the brutal land dispossession”. This is a blatant attempt by Malema to distort the DA’s commitment to redressing the history of violent land dispossession of black South Africans.
The EFF’s policy of land reform will not serve those who have been disposed of land. Their proposal will mean that all land, no matter who owns it, will be given to the State.
The DA is completely committed to land reform policies which will enable the poor and marginalised to access and truly own land, and not a policy which will undermine economic prosperity.
The DA will not be held ransom by the EFF’s attempts to get back into bed with the ANC.

ShotSpotter technology proves to be innovative aid in PE

ShotSpotter Technology, piloted in Helenvale since October 2017, entails the strategic placement of acoustic sensors that immediately inform law enforcement of gunshots and provides precise information of the location of the crime.
The consideration for a broader roll-out of the R3 million project, follows seventeen arrests by the gang unit of the South African Police Services and arrests for attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms amongst others.

Criminals must know that we are trying more innovate ways to deal with crime prevention and law enforcement and the successful implementation of this technology is just one of the ways we are dealing with this evil.
– Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Athol Trollip

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security, Cllr John Best, said before the launch of this technology in October last year, a two-week trial period showed that 99% of the shots discharged in Helenvale are not reported to the police.

 


Statistics also show that the behaviour of the Helenvale community has significantly changed for the better as people are now able to occupy spaces that they would otherwise not have used due to the fear of gun violence.
 

First Metro Police precinct opened in NMB

The fight against drug trafficking and abuse, gangsterism, domestic violence, reckless driving and general lawlessness took a giant step forward when the Executive Mayor of DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip, opened a first-of-its-kind police precinct in the Northern Areas, Bloemendal in July this year.
This followed a promise made by the Mayor at the Metro Police Passing Out Parade held in March, namely that the Northern Areas would be a one of the focus areas for the Metro Police, working under the wing of the South African Police Services.
To date, two satellite stations have been opened and 114 new, quality Metro Police officers have been employed to contribute towards fighting crime and keeping the streets of NMB safer.
The officers have launched their own crime-fighting initiatives and will enforce municipal bylaws, set up road blocks focusing on vehicle and driver fitness, and undertake joint crime-fighting operations with the SAPS and government entities, like Home Affairs.

We embarked on an intensive Integrated Development Plan (IDP) where our community made it clear to us that they want a safe and caring city. That is a commitment we have made, and we must deliver on that.
– NMB Mayor, Athol Trollip.

Community members were equally excited about the opening of the facility, given the fact that crime has been a serious problem in their communities. The Metro Police came at the perfect time. Many community members were even pleased that the precinct has been built right in the heart of Bethelsdorp.
Click here to read more delivery success stories from the DA’s 2017 year in local government.

12 000 NMB residents receiving basic services for the first time

The DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has secured R211 million to take services to approximately 3 000 informal homes over the next financial year.
This will see 12 000 residents receiving water and sanitation services straight to their home, for the first time! The Metro will also surface all surrounding gravel roads and install street lighting.

“We are working all out to uplift the lives of our poorest residents. Soon these residents will be able to turn on a tap in their very own homes.”
– Mayor Athol Trollip

The new Nelson Mandela Bay government is committed to – not just building houses – but building integrated, safe and accessible communities; improving living environments as best they can.
After being left behind by previous governments, residents now have hope for the future.

“In our forward-thinking and caring city we want, increasingly, for every single resident to live in a community under improvement where the changes can make them proud to live there.”
– Mayor Athol Trollip


Click here to read more delivery success stories from the DA’s 2017 year in local government

DA-led NMB steps up housing delivery: From years to months

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Athol Trollip, recently announced the launch of ‘Operation Buyisa Isidima’ which will be rolled out by a ground-breaking Housing Task Team.
The task team has been instructed to ensure an 8-month turnaround time, from when ground is first broken at a housing project to when the rightful homeowners receive their verified title deeds. Historically, this process has taken years, if it has happened at all.

Those days of poor governance and inept management are over. This new coalition government is committed to restoring the dignity of our people.
– NMB Mayor, Athol Trollip

Operation Buyisa Isidima also focus on preparing an audited and verified list of existing beneficiaries, identifying those who still require title deeds. Estimates indicate that this number could be well over 10 000, all of which this government will audit and hand out to the rightful owners before the end of 2017.
The task team is made up of deeds office staff, land surveyors, town planners, housing delivery officials and a municipal conveyancer.

While there is an immense amount of work that lies ahead of us, I am confident that our vision for a well-run and caring city will be realised.
– NMB Mayor, Athol Trollip

Click here to read more delivery success stories from the DA’s 2017 year in local government

South Africans are ready for a New Beginning

The failure of the motions of no confidence in Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) show the strength of the coalition governments in those cities. Our coalitions in these metros have withstood the ANC’s efforts to unseat us.
Today we have shown the country the unity of purpose in liberating South Africa from the oppression of corruption and giving the country a fresh start with a new government.
Along with the Metsimaholo by-election results, it is clear that the ANC is dead and the future of South Africa is only safe in the hands of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Opposition Parties committed to fighting corruption and building a better country.
The advancement and realignment of South Africa’s Constitutional Democracy is in the making, where citizens reject an established liberation movement for new ideas and a caring coalition government to take them into the future.
It is important that we thank the Political Parties that voted for Mayors Mashaba and Trollip to continue making progress and changing the lives of millions of South Africans.
Thousands of South Africans in Johannesburg and NMB came out to show their support for the good work of Mayors Herman Mashaba and Athol Trollip and the Speakers of the respective Councils, Vasco da Gama and Jonathan Lawack.
Mayors Mashaba and Trollip will now get back to working day and night until every resident of Johannesburg and NMB knows and feels that their government is working for them and with them.
In the last 18 months, the Johannesburg and NMB administrations have delivered quality services, acted on cases of corruption and created much-needed job opportunities. More has been done in this period than in the last 10 years.
When we campaigned for change, we were very clear about what we are going to achieve and that if we do not deliver in the first five-year term, the people have every right to vote us out. Governing is not a right but a privilege bestowed upon us by the people.
We will not allow our opponents, who thrive on lies, corruption and disdain for the people of South Africa, to distract us from serving with humility.
The motions of no confidence in Johannesburg and NMB were nothing more than a ploy by the ANC to regain control of public money and reverse the good work done in those metros over the last year. The ANC’s priority is not the people, but on looting.
Our work now is to continue making progress for the 18 million South Africans the DA governs across the country and work with the millions of people who are waiting for 2019 to cast their vote to usher in a new beginning.
The work being done where we govern lays down a strong foundation for 2019, when the people of South Africa will vote for a new beginning and a new government led by the DA.

Sabotage in NMB ahead of the Motion of No Confidence

The ANC has filed another Motion of No Confidence against Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Athol Trollip. Sign the petition to show your support for Mayor Trollip.
A closed 900mm valve that had prevented water supply to Kwazakhele, New Brighton, Zwide and Soweto on Sea since Friday morning was found by an Infrastructure & Engineering and Mayoral Office task team in Nelson Mandela Bay, on Saturday the 18th of November 2017.
The valve has been reopened. A number of witnesses will be asked to make statements, and photographic evidence has been secured. In addition, a R25 000 reward is on offer to anyone who provides the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality with evidence that leads to the successful prosecution of those responsible for the sabotage.
 

Mayor Trollip and the Mayoral Office task team stand over the hole where the valve was turned off.

 
Such actions can simply be regarded as “desperate politicking” aimed at sabotaging Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Athol Trollip, and those responsible will be caught and face criminal and internal prosecution. The Mayor and his administration are now more determined than ever to keep the lights on and the taps running and make sure that the people of Nelson Mandela Bay continue to get the best service delivery that they deserve, no matter what.
Sign the petition to show your support for Mayor Trollop.  
 
 

Data For All is a fight we are taking to the ANC government

Support the #Data4All campaign: https://data4all.org.za/
As you read this today, there is a young South African in Cofimvaba that has no way to read this.
There is a young person in an informal settlement who has a product to sell but may never access a buyer outside of her ward.
There is a job seeker in Orange Farm whose daily battle it is to use what little money he can hustle to be able to check his email for a response on an application for an internship.
There is a student registered at the Iqhayiya PE College campus down the road in Struandale who has to use his grandmother’s smallanyana pension to be able to buy a few hundred mb data bundle to continue the hunt for a job placement opportunity.
There is a matric scholar in Mount Frere who won’t have access to learning materials to perform in her final examinations and whose only access to the internet to learn what opportunities exist beyond matric would be through a mobile connection which is one of the most expensive in the world.
The cries of our young people in towns, townships, informal settlements and villages have fallen on deaf ears.
Amongst the multitude of challenges confronting our youth… joblessness, an unequal and oppressive basic education system, exclusion from skills training and university education, substance abuse etc, the exclusion from information and communication power provided through the internet remains the largest obstacle to the freedom to progress as an individual.
How can we call ourselves free when half of the South African population have no access to the internet.
Internet access is more fundamental than rights. It is an economic necessity.
People with no Internet connection, by definition, have less economic power in the 21st century than other people. They have less access to training, no way to see over the horizon, their connections to the world are entirely local, except for those few people they maintain contact with by telephone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6brfKBMU5s
Our people will never be free to live lives they have reason to value so long as they locked out from the internet. Even the SABC had previously announced that they would no longer advertise jobs in the newspaper, directing people to their website.
This fight didn’t start with #DataMustFall as some would like you to believe. The DA has been fighting this for years.
In a speech made on the 21st of May 2013 in Parliament, the DA’s communications spokesperson Marian Shinn questioned the secrecy of an audit into what mobile data spectrum is available and being used and warned of the risk of South Africans paying too much for data as a resource that is not scarce at all.  She also committed back in 2013 that South Africa can expect a globally competitive communications infrastructure when the DA wins the national government in 2019.
On the 11th of July 2013, The DA requested a meeting with the then new Communications Minister Yunus Carrim to raise a number of outstanding issues bungled by successive ANC governments, amongst them was Fast tracking the allocation of high-speed spectrum for wireless broadband services.
On the 25th of July of 2013, the DA further reiterated that the high cost, lack of access and slow connectivity hampers economic growth and job creation. We wrote to the communications minister outlining what must be done in this regard… do you think it was done?
No Thina we know the ANC of today is too self-obsessed to care.
Before Yunus Carrim was the communications Minister for a year, it was Dina Pule from 2011 who was more interested in her paid for romantic trips to Mexico and the US with her boy friend who also stole money from an MTN sponsorship deal.
From 2014 it was Minister Faith Mathumbi… eish. If only she actually did her job then our young people would be able to buy a gig of data for Ben 10 Rand.
After all these years little to no progress has been made because in order to do so it requires releasing mobile spectrum in a manner that ensures competition will drive down costs and that additional capacity removes the artificially high costs being charged by service providers who have a monopoly on offering mobile data.
This involves a digital migration of which the Department of Communications missed its deadline of November 2011 and also missed the international deadline of June 2015.
Today, poor young South African are still at the mercy of mobile companies, while these operators continue making soaring profits, becoming extremely rich from high data prices.
Today as the Democratic Alliance Youth, we are taking a stand.
We are calling on young people of South Africa to join us in ratcheting up the pressure and ultimately delivering a government that is actually interested in their economic empowerment.
Young South Africans deserve better and because the ANC has failed to ensure fair data prices, we believe and demand that:
A mobile data allowance of 500MB free data be made available every month for:

  • Poor and missing middle students
  • Matric learners registered at government schools; and
  • Jobseekers registered on the jobseekers database.

An allowance of 500MB a month will allow poor students, matrics and jobseekers to access the internet for study purposes and to find work, and government must fund the costs of this allowance to enable poor young South Africans to take advantage of the benefits of the internet.
As the DA Youth, we are launching a petition to make these demands to the ANC government and ultimately replace them with a government that will deliver in their place in 2019.
The funding of this allowance as well as the falling of data prices will be achieved by

  1. An immediate release of the extra mobile data spectrum which would bring the much needed competition to the market. This will naturally drive prices down.
  2. Finding the Free Mobile Data Allowance by deducting the total cost price from each Mobile Operator’s monthly tax bill. This will allow government to pay for the Free Mobile Data without paying out a cent.

We believe that this would be a much needed point of departure to enable our youth to exploit the opportunities technology offers to leap out of generations of oppression and disadvantage and prosper.
We must not stand back in this struggle. We will not pull our punches.
We must take this campaign to every young person in ever suburb, town, township, informal settlement, farm and village. We must organise our people to take control of their futures.
We are close to breaking new ground. We have the power to break it in our numbers.
Join us young people of South Africa. Together we will create a free, fair and opportunity society.
Are you ready to break new ground?
Amandla!

City-led development is the answer to South Africa’s jobs crisis

The following remarks were made by DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, at a press conference in Johannesburg. The Leader was joined by the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille, the Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, the Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, and the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.
I met with the mayors of the four DA-led metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay in order to discuss our nation’s current economic crisis and how best DA-led cities can respond to this crisis, ignite economic growth and provide access to jobs in such challenging conditions.
In the meeting, we reflected and discussed DA economic policy and how it translates into city governance; shared best practice between metros; and defined core elements of city-led economic growth and development. Each mayor was given an opportunity to present their successes, challenges, and plans going forward to ignite economic growth.
Moreover, we all agreed on a set of core principles to guide DA-led cities in the economic space. They are as follows:

  • Infrastructure led growth;
  • Zero tolerance for corruption;
  • Fair access to opportunities;
  • Policy certainty and fiscal responsibility;
  • Reducing regulation and red tape;
  • Speeding up ease of doing business;
  • Investing in transport;
  • Investment facilitation including the introduction of incentives;
  • Private sector collaboration;
  • Investment in ICT;
  • Training and educational support through apprenticeships; and
  • Tackling with the legacy of apartheid spatial planning.

These principles guide all DA-led cities, and are already being implemented in various forms.  The mayors also reflected on the urgent need to ensure that parastatals and State Owned Entities (SOEs) fulfil their role as required. Metrorail, Eskom, Transnet, and our ports and harbours are essential to the proper functioning of governments at city level. All mayors committed to engage these SOEs in order to ensure that they do not hinder the development and functioning of our cities.
It is no secret that South Africa faces its worst economic crisis in recent times. Under the ANC-led national government, our country’s future – and the future of the poorest and most vulnerable – is being undermined at every juncture.
Our nation’s unemployment rate is currently at 27.7 % – the highest level since March 2003 – a 14 year high. This leaves a massive 9.3 million South Africans without work. They are joined by over 17 million South Africans who are trapped, dependent on social grants for survival and with little hope of supporting their families, and experiencing true freedom.
Just last week, StatsSA released a new report on poverty in South Africa. According to this report, over 55% of South Africans live in poverty. That’s more than 30 million people, and the graph is heading in the wrong direction.
Our economy has been relegated to junk status, and has entered a formal recession, now offering virtually no hope to the millions of our people left out, and left behind.
The ANC continues to spew out economic mistruths about the jobs crisis in our nation. They continue to blame our problems on “global trends” and external influences”. Yet “global trends” and “external influences” are not affecting fellow emerging economies nor BRICS nations – all of which have lower unemployment rates than South Africa.
Our economic crisis is a home-grown problem, which requires a home-grown solution.
DA-led cities ought to be running lean, efficient administrations that extend all the way to the day-to-day details – answer emails, return phone calls, follow up on complaints. Often dealing with our governments as a small entrepreneur is an endless nightmare of unanswered calls and emails, with endless trips to sort out admin issues. All of this chases away entrepreneurs and makes it more difficult to run a business. I have asked our mayors to set this ambitious goal: let DA-led cities be known for their ease of doing business. Let us be the friendliest, simplest, most conducive places in South Africa to start and run a small business.
What we do in DA-led cities to revive economic activity is going to be key to our country’s future. National government doesn’t speak enough about city-led growth, but I believe this will be the make-or-break factor if we want create job opportunities for the millions of South Africans without work. Yes, national policy is important too, but the scale of employment we require can only be achieved through city-led growth.
In fact, our largest cities already punch way above the national average when it comes to economic activity, and average income in the cities is around 60% higher than in rural areas. This is why people are flocking to our metropolitan centres in large numbers. Instead of urbanisation being a problem to overcome, it is actually key to bringing more people into our economy.
The DA now governs for almost 16 million people, in some form or another. What we do in these metros will have a significant impact on the lives of these people and, ultimately, the lives of all South Africans. And so it is crucial that we go about re-energising our cities in the right way.
I would now like to hand over to each of the mayors to highlight their achievements, successes and plans going forward when it comes to economic growth and job creation.
City of Johannesburg
As the economic hub of South Africa, the City of Johannesburg is in a prime position to address our country’s crippling unemployment crisis. The starting point is to position Johannesburg as a business-friendly city that is open for investment.
In this light, the Mayor’s focus is on making it easier for people to invest in the city through the establishment of one-stop-shops, as well as the investment facilitation desk located in the Mayor’s office.
The City has developed 20 critical “Service Delivery Standards” which relate to planning approvals and service related benchmarks as part of the ‘doing business index’ in South Africa. These are applied across the board to ensure that those who are investing and creating access to jobs in Johannesburg are attracted by the highest of standards. The City now also offers substantial incentives on rates and taxes along transit oriented development corridors.
Infrastructure development is central to city-led economic growth. Johannesburg has thus already allocated close on R10 billion to upgrading existing infrastructure, with a further R3.3 billion allocated for the development of new infrastructure. This development will foster conditions which are conducive for sustainable economic growth and development, creating many more jobs.
In terms of creating an ever-expanding hub of entrepreneurs, the City is expanding the Small, Micro, and Medium Enterprise (SMME) hub network with revised service offering. These will become Opportunity Centres that assist SMMEs to access tenders and provide overall business support, training and mentoring.
The City plans to double the number of SMME hubs from 7 to 14, bringing the total expenditure on SMME hubs to R16 million in the coming financial year. The goal is to have two hubs in each of Johannesburg’s seven regions, where young prospective entrepreneurs can receive support, training and mentoring. The total number of SMMEs supported by these hubs is expected to increase to 1250 per month by June 2018, and 2000 per month by 2021.
It is our view that the economy at all levels must be decentralized.  The City of Johannesburg plans to achieve this in numerous ways. There is currently a plan in the pipeline to revamp informal trader stalls in the inner city, at an estimated R15 million. Moreover, with a total budget of R55.9 billion, the City plans to leverage its supply chain to decentralize the economy by empowering SMMEs by giving them a significantly larger share of city tenders. The City has also allocated R5.2 billion specifically to the economic growth cluster in the next financial year.
Johannesburg has a major issue with spatial inequality as a result of Apartheid. The City has responded by prioritising infrastructure investment in poor communities as well as building a public transport system that makes job opportunities more accessible.
Metrobus operates just under 400 buses carrying over 50 000 passengers daily, some of whom are amongst the poorest residents of our city. The City increased Metrobus’s capacity by 50%, adding 200 new buses to its fleet, providing residents with greater access to transport.
The Inner City is set to be a focal point with large scale investment in high-density mixed use accommodation through construction projects that include artisan training programmes and skills development.
Lastly, the Mayor has launched an ambitious plan to attract private developers to the inner city to alleviate the housing crisis, create access to jobs, and develop skills. The City of Johannesburg is well on its way to achieving its target of 5% economic growth, which will create much needs jobs for the millions of South Africans left out of the economy.
City of Tshwane
In the Capital City, one of the biggest challenges remains the burdensome bureaucratic processes which act as unnecessary red tape which hinders investment, development, and in turn job creation.
In just under a year, the City had made huge strides in reversing this hangover from the previous ANC administration. Since then, the City has approved 256 plans for commercial rights with a total construction value for commercial development of over R10 billion.
A Property Developer Forum will be established within the next month, with a target of ensuring all development planning approval processes to be automated by June 2018 through the use of a real estate module to improve the turnaround time of building plans.
In addition to this, an electronic platform for water and electricity connections will be launched in November this year, which will lead to quicker, more reliable service delivery that attracts much needed investment to the city.
The City will be cutting the cost of doing business by slashing the waiting period for key services, including:
• Cutting the waiting time for construction permits from 169 days to 30 days;
• The waiting period for access electricity will be cut from 104 days to 38 days; and
• Registering property will take a total period of 7 days as opposed to 30 days.
 
In terms of support for SMMEs, by the end of next year the City will have established a comprehensive partnership model between SMMEs and the City through a state-of-the-art blended incubation model – run and administered by a Non-Profit Company. This comprehensive model bridge the divide between city services and SMME needs, and will include skills development initiatives, and graduate and intern programmes.
While the state should not be the creator and supplier of the majority of jobs, the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) plays an important role in creating opportunity in our current economic malaise.  The City will be creating 23 000 EPWP work opportunities over the medium term to alleviate the burden of poverty and ensure people can find work opportunities.
In so doing, a revision of EPWP Policy is to serve before this week’s Tshwane Council meeting to become a pro-skills development initiative and ensure a rotation of beneficiaries for maximum impact by end September 2017.
Attracting investment is the leading driver of growth and job creation at city level. Over the past 11 months, this administration has attracted over R2.3 billion in investment, exceeding its own target. This was enabled by an investor portal that has been established in the office of the Executive Mayor Msimanga which is making headway in fast-tracking strategic investments for the benefit of the city and its people. This highlights that with a clean, competent and service-oriented government, investors flock, leading to job-creating economic growth.
The City is also in the process of establishing 4 regional jobs centres will be operational by the end of June 2018
The development of the Automotive Supplier Park 130 area is well underway, and has five phases of development planned. This Automotive Supplier Park is a manufacturing cluster which houses different technologies, services and service providers, contributing to the sustainability and growth of the South African automotive industry. Infrastructure for the first two phases – approximately 50 ha- has been completed with over 100,000m2 of buildings erected to date.
Under DA-led governance, the Capital City is now open for business.
City of Cape Town
As the Metro that has been under DA-governance for the longest, the City of Cape Town has become the blueprint for city-led growth and development in post-apartheid South Africa. And the facts back this assertion up.
The City remains the top investment destination in the country, attracting over R2.67 billion in the past financial year. Moreover, according to StatsSA, the City of Cape Town has the lowest unemployment level of any city in the entire country. This is not by chance, but by change.
The City’s total infrastructure investment now totals R22 billion, with a further R3 billion spent on repairs and maintenance to existing infrastructure. The City’s target of 20% renewable energy by 2020 – along with its investment in waste-to-energy plants and its court action to force the Energy Minister to allow it to procure electricity from independent producers – are precisely the kind of energy interventions that make it attractive to investors.
Add to this the ambitious MyCiti bus service, with 5 new corridors in the pipeline, the wide-scale rollout of broadband and fibre, the innovative Youth Cafes – where youngsters can prepare CVs, and hunt for jobs – and the extensive red tape reduction programme, and it is little wonder that Cape Town is the country’s most investor-friendly city.
To this date, the City has invested almost R100 million in Wesgro and a number of Special Purpose Vehicles, and in return collectively facilitated over R14.2 billion in investments into Cape Town, creating more than 28 200 direct jobs. These Special Purpose Vehicles include the Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI), Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC), Clotex, Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), GreenCape, and Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPeSA WC).
The City has also launched an inaugural Green Bond of R1 billion – the first of its kind in South Africa – and received offers totalling R4.3 billion in response. The Green Bond has been certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative and awarded a GB1 rating. This has attracted the major investment of the GRI Gestamp Wind Steel production facility in the Green Technology Industrial Park in Atlantis, which will create hundreds of new jobs opportunities.
This is supplemented by the launch of Invest Cape Town Brand, positioning Cape Town as a globally competitive business destination, targeting different sectors, including the Green Economy.
The City has also adopted a Transit-Orientated Development (TOD) Strategic Framework to address apartheid spatial planning, urbanisation and the high cost of public transport, and stimulating economic growth. This is best evidenced in the MyCiti transport system, a world-class public transport initiative, which now also offers free transport for unemployed South Africans seeking work – another great way in which barriers to employment are being broken down.
In an age of information and instant communication, ICT is a necessity for a growing city. Cape Town is currently branded as Africa’s Information Technology hub with more than 20 acceleration programmes and more than 25 co-working spaces, where access to information and up to date technology is available. Each acceleration programme supports between 10 and 15 start-ups every year.
The City has also piloted the Investment Incentive Scheme, which has two core functions. Firstly to provide “non-financial incentives”, such as fast-tracking land use and building plan applications; providing biodiversity to manage natural resources efficiently with businesses. And secondly to provide “hard financial incentives”, such as exemption of application fees for land and building plans; waiving development facilitation fees; debt- write off when businesses meet employment targets; and rate rebate and electricity tariff subsidy incentive.
An investment of over R10 million in the Cape Innovation and Technology Institute (CiTi) and funded CapaCiti, a job-readiness programme that has upskilled more than 900 underprivileged youth from low-income areas – with a 96% successful placement rate.
Lastly, in terms of youth empowerment, R5.5 million for has been allocated to external bursaries, R6.7 million for learnerships and R9.9 million for apprenticeships. This is supported by the Mayor’s Job Creation Fund, where R340 million has been allocated to create job opportunities. The City also provides young workers with a stipend whilst they receive their training.
Lastly, there are plans being implemented to supplement the water supply outside of the dam system, to ensure stability of supply in a time of protracted drought. The City is building water resilience by sourcing 100 Ml per day from groundwater extraction, and 50 Ml per day from land-based containers and a desalination barge. Water reuse measures to provide 50 Ml per day from land-based permanent desalination from Cape Town Harbour is also underway, with an addition 200 Ml from marine-based desalination at Cape Town Harbour and Gordon’s Bay.
Cape Town is truly leading the way as the benchmark for long-term city-led economic development in South Africa.
Nelson Mandela Bay
When the DA-led government took control of Nelson Mandela Bay, it was in financially precarious position following decades of ANC corruption and maladministration. The most immediate task was to put in place a system to restore financial stability. After less than a year in government, the City’s Capex rate is at 93%, and boasts a 93.7% revenue collection rate – the best financial position the metro has been in for over 7 years
Thus far, the City has created 4000 new job opportunities, and has committed to provide bursaries to 1800 students – to the total value of R34 million. Moreover 300 young people have already this year gone through learnerships in the City, to ensure that they have the requisite skills to provide them access to better jobs.
The Mayor will also be establishing a dedicated “Jobs Desk” in his office to facilitate the municipal bursary process, and will expand incentives for business to employ first time job seekers – particularly the youth.
Going forward, the City will establish a professional Trade and Investment Promotion entity, focusing particularly on attracting new investments on Nelson Mandela Bay.
The City also plans to revitalize the EPWP programme, in order to focus on skills development that empower beneficiaries to access further employment opportunities. This will include a skills database of all residents who have gone through the EPWP programme so that businesses can access people with relevant skills.
Lastly a localised ‘Ease of Doing Business’ task team will be established to monitor key indicators of business and slash unnecessary regulation and red tape.

Nelson Mandela Bay is the leading light in the Eastern Cape when it comes to growth and opportunity, and will continue as such for years to come under DA-led governance.

Conclusion
Make no mistake, there is still much more to do to develop and grow our cities and our nation. There are still millions of South Africans left out of the economy – without a job, and without hope of a better future.
Indeed, we will only be free as a nation when every South African – regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or circumstances of birth – has the opportunity to enter the economy and play a meaningful role in the development of our nation.
Amid a dire and crippling national economic environment, DA-led governments will do all in their power to create access to jobs, opportunity and wealth for all – not just the connected few.