DA-led coalition will continue to govern for the people of Tshwane

The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes the outcome of today’s council sitting in City of Tshwane. We are pleased that the clean, transparent and service delivery orientated DA-led coalition government will continue its work in serving the people Capital City – led by Executive Mayor, Solly Msimanga.

Today, DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, will write to the EFF national leadership requesting an urgent formal meeting to discuss their ongoing co-operation with the ANC in attacking coalition governments across the country, and to seek solutions that are in the best interests of the residents of these cities.

The DA-led coalition stands firmly against the corrupt ANC playing politics, trying to get their hands on the people’s money through the back door. The voters rejected the ANC in 2016 because they have failed the people.

The coalition in Tshwane will continue to cut corruption, grow the economy to create work, and deliver basic services to all residents. Today was a victory for the people of Tshwane.

DA stands united against the new coalition of corruption between the EFF, UDM & ANC

The following remarks were delivered today by DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, following a special sitting of the party’s Federal Executive (FedEx) to consider the status of DA-led coalition governments. Maimane will be joined by Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, DA Gauteng Leader, John Moodey, DA Tshwane Regional Chairperson, Abel Tau, DA Johannesburg Regional Chairperson, Heinrich Volmink, DA Gauteng West Regional Chairperson, Evert Du Plessis and DA Ekurhuleni Regional Chairperson, Selby Thekiso.

Today, the DA’s Federal Executive (FedEx) convened for a special sitting to consider and determine the party’s approach to the systematic and calculated attack on DA-led coalition governments by the newly formed coalition of corruption between the EFF and the ANC.

Following the events over the past few days, and amid such attacks on the will of the voters, as Leader of the DA I felt it important that the FedEx met to decide on a way forward. FedEx discussed and considered the past two years of governance by DA-led coalitions in major cities following the 2016 Local Government Election.

When DA-led coalitions took office in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB), we committed to achieving three goals: cutting corruption, growing the economy to create jobs, and speeding up the delivery of basic, quality services to all residents. Together with our partners ACDP, COPE, VF+, IFP and UDM, we took over from ANC administrations that had built networks of patronage and corruption to steal the people’s money for themselves.

Before we could begin on delivering on these commitments and moving in the right direction, the rot of corruption and self-enrichment that existed needed to be cleaned out. From day one, the sheer enormity of the financial mess inherited from previous ANC governments was as clear as daylight. This took months and months of hard work by these governments, and today we are yielding the fruits.

I want to commend these DA-led coalition governments on this outstanding work, which has resulted in freeing up more public money to spend on delivering services to all. Tshwane has moved from a R2 billion deficit to a R704 million surplus, and Nelson Mandela Bay has a R615 million surplus – its best financial position in over a decade.

These governments have also made huge inroads into cutting corruption. Johannesburg has uncovered R18 billion in corruption within the city, Nelson Mandela Bay cancelled corruption contracts to the tune of R650 million and opened tender adjudication processes to the public, and Tshwane has cleared out corrupt officials in the administration and fought against the corrupt R 2 billion PEU contract in court and won.

Tshwane has tripled the amount of direct 9nvestment into the city and has been named the fasting growing city in Africa. Johannesburg has created 103 000 new jobs in the first six months of this year, and Nelson Mandela Bay has tripled the number of EPWP jobs while creating a young graduate programme for young jobseekers.

In terms of service delivery, in Tshwane the luxurious mayoral mansion of the previous ANC government was sold for R5 million rand in order to build houses for poor residents without a home, and 1800 bursaries to the value of R34 million have been awarded to young people.

Johannesburg saw the electrification of 6000 homes for the very first time, while Nelson Mandela Bay eradicated almost 10 000 bucket toilets and ensured 12 000 residents received running water and flush toilets in their homes for the first time.

Real progress is being made, and in just two years DA-led coalition governments are doing what ANC governments could not do in two decades. Millions of South Africans are receiving clean, efficient and delivery-orientated service not ever experienced under the ANC before 2016. Indeed, the biggest electoral threat to the ANC and the EFF has been the successes of DA-led coalition governments.

In light of this, FedEx considered the current status of DA-led coalition governments and came to the following resolutions.

Firstly, we recommit to the formal coalition agreement signed by all coalition partners in August 2016 following the last Local Government Elections. We still believe this document provides the founding values and principles on which governments are build and maintained in the best interests of citizens. This agreement remains open to any political party that shares the values of constitutionalism, non-racialism, the rule of law, a market-based economy, the eradication of corruption, and the speeding up of the delivery of basic services to all. In this light, the DA-led coalition government in Johannesburg will continue the work of the people.

However, in light of the UDM’s joining of the coalition of corruption in NMB, FedEx has resolved to formally approach coalition partners to review the inclusion of the UDM in this formal agreement. It cannot be that the UDM consistently acts in cahoots with corrupt parties, and in contravention of the agreement. I will be meeting with the leaders of the coalition partners ACDP, COPE, VF+ and IFP soon, and the outcome of this will be communicated in due course.

It is important that the coalition partners strengthen our resolve against the coalition of corruption that has been formed by the ANC, EFF and the UDM, and I want to thank Rev. Kenneth Meshoe, Terror Lekota, Dr  Pieter Groenewald and Prince Mangosotho Buthulezi for their steadfast resolve against this new coalition of corruption.

Secondly, FedEx notes Monday’s sitting of the Nelson Mandela Bay council where the new coalition of corruption between the ANC, EFF and UDM attempted to remove Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, and replace him with a corrupt new Mayor and ANC-dominated Mayoral Committee. We echo the view that this decision was invalid and has no effect in law. Athol Trollip remains the mayor of NMB, and the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth will consider this matter tomorrow morning. The DA and our partners will come out in numbers to support Mayor Trollip because we believe a victory on this matter will be a victory for the people of NMB.

FedEx fully supports Athol Trollip in this fight and believe that he remains the de jure mayor of NMB. Mayor Trollip’s coalition government has brought change to the lives of NMB residents, and we won’t allow the coalition of corruption to steal back the city through the back door.

Thirdly, FedEx considered tomorrow’s scheduled Motion of No Confidence in Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga. The DA has full faith in Solly Msimanga in his current role as Executive Mayor. He has led the city remarkably well over the past two years and has taken all necessary steps to act against any allegations of maladministration in the city. This support for Solly is unanimous and is echoed by all 5 DA regional chairpersons in Gauteng, who join me here today. Tomorrow the DA and our partners will be out in our numbers outside the Tshwane council in support of Solly Msimanga and the DA-led coalition government in the Capital City.

Therefore, the DA will not be fielding a new candidate for Tshwane Mayor in tomorrow’s council sitting as arrogantly demanded by the EFF. The DA upholds consistency and transparency. The voters elected Solly Msimanga as their mayor, and we will not cave to the demands of the minority. The mayor’s office does not have a revolving door policy determined by the whims of the minority.

If the EFF decides to formalise its coalition of corruption with the ANC tomorrow and supports their Motion of No Confidence in the DA-led coalition government in Tshwane, then they have showed their true colours as being nothing more than the military wing of the ANC – aiding and abetting corruption and looting.

The DA will stand on principle and if that means losing power in any governments, so be it. We refuse to compromise on our values to this new coalition of corruption. If the EFF hand back any DA-led coalition governments to the corrupt ANC, it will be for the people of SA to punish them at polls next year.

History has shown the EFF to make serious judgments of error in the past – from Jacob Zuma, to Public Protector Mkhwebane, to the VBS bank. Tomorrow the EFF is faced with an important decision. History, and the voters, will judge them for their choice.

If the EFF decides to support the removal of the DA-led coalition in Tshwane, they will have shown the people of South Africa that they are happy to remove clean governments and give these cities back to the ANC.

DASO calls for calm and order at TUT Soshanguve

The Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) is deeply concerned about the outbreak of campus violence at TUT Soshanguve in Pretoria. The campus violence follows allegations of alleged voting irregularities in the outcome of the recent SRC election.

The ongoing campus violence has sadly resulted in the tragic death of one student, after the police allegedly fired shots at a group of students.

DASO extends our deepest condolences to the student’s family, friends and the entire student fraternity.

We will now proceed to write to the  Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and Police Minister Bheki Cele to urgently investigate why the police used live ammunition on the group students.

We condemn this use of force. It is paramount that law enforcement and private security act with restraint in volatile environments.

DASO also calls on the University’s Management and all Student Leaders contesting elections to urgently meet, in order to end the ongoing campus violence, restore order and any further loss of life.

Any suggestion of election rigging must be investigated in the interest of upholding the will of students and safeguarding democratic processes.

DASO will continue to work to mediate an amicable and democratic solution.

As DASO we believe in building one TUT for all where the students come first.

DA to seek legal action against ANC Tshwane for blatant lies about our record in government

ANC Tshwane Region Chairperson, Kgosi Maepa, has exposed the moral bankruptcy of the ANC in Tshwane, by spreading pure lies at a media briefing yesterday. The lies, published without a shred of proof by the Citizen, allege that the DA is using state funds to fund our election campaign.

He presented no evidence yesterday, and he will have no evidence in the future because no such thing has ever occurred. The DA runs the cleanest financial management in all of our governments and nothing will compromise this.

Consistently DA governments receive the best audit outcomes from the Auditor General, because money is spent on service delivery, and not wasted or diverted anywhere else.

Due to Mr. Maepa’s lies and deception, the DA will today obtain a legal opinion to advise on the way forward and possible action against the ANC and Maepa himself. It is also ironic that Maepa, someone who has been accused of threatening his own colleagues with violence, is now making baseless claims about the DA-led Tshwane government.

The reality is that the failed ANC has no more moves to make. The people of Tshwane made it clear that they no longer wish to be governed by the corrupt ANC. In a last-ditch attempt to soil the DA-led coalition’s record in government, they are spreading lies.

Since taking over the Tshwane government, Mayor Msimanga has been running a clean and efficient government that has zero tolerance to corruption.

It is for this reason that yesterday Mayor Msimanga, requested Council to issue the City Manager with a notice of intention to suspend pending the outcome of an independent investigation into claims of tender irregularities on his part. This is another example of Mayor Msimanga taking decisive action when even a whiff of corruption arises.

Let it not be forgotten that when Mayor Msimanga came into the Mayoral Office he found over 900 ANC cadres employed in the ANC Mayor’s office, distributing patronage at public expense and a City Administration on the verge of bankruptcy due to flagrant corruption. Great strides have been made since then, and the ANC simply cannot stand this.

Now our lawyers must consider what action must be taken against those who spread baseless lies about the DA.

Where the DA governs we will continue to bring meaningful change, providing access to jobs and services and stamping out corruption and maladministration. We will not allow the ANC to frustrate our progress by allowing baseless accusations to stand without consequence.

The ANC’s lies in Tshwane show that they are a morally bankrupt party and have abandoned real debate on the issues which matter to voters.

DA-led Tshwane – CHANGE in the Capital City

The City of Tshwane has also become the talk of the town with the Capital City having allocated R137.2 million towards Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) initiatives this financial year. In September last year, much-needed reforms to the City’s EPWP recruitment policy were introduced, effectively ending the system of insiders and outsiders that have previously marred EPWP job opportunities.

Building Skills For Jobs

Tshwane’s reformed EPWP recruitment policy framework is built on the principle of transparency. The selection process involves an open public lottery system where beneficiaries are randomly selected so that no individual can be approached or lobbied to occupy any of the work opportunities available in the City.

Selling the Mayoral Mansion

The new DA government inherited a major housing backlog, and corruption and maladministration had taken over the building and allocation of houses to the poorest of residents. While many live without the dignity of a brick and mortar home, previous ANC mayors lived in lavish luxury in the so called “Mayoral Mansion”. This mansion was put up for sale and on 23 November last year it was sold for R5.1 million in order to build houses for those without. Proceeds made from the sale are already being used to build 40 houses for those without.

Stabilising Finances

Over the past two years, great strides have been made towards stabilising the City’s finances. This was achieved by strengthening the controls over supply chain processes, slashing unauthorised and unnecessary expenditure and extricating the City from unlawful and expensive contracts.

This has resulted in turning a R2 billion inherited deficit into a surplus. The reported operating deficit for 2015/16 was R2.1 billion which was restated to R1.3 billion during the next financial year’s audit process. This is evidence of a DA-run City handling public money with care, ensuring it is spent on the people, not politicians.

The Capital City closed the financial year with an operating surplus of R704 million.

One of the greatest privileges one can ever be entrusted with is a mandate from the people to serve and it is these DA-led governments’ past two years of service to the residents of these great cities that we should all be celebrating today.

– DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane

Coalition governments pass a combined R100 billion in pro-poor budgets in Johannesburg, Tshwane and NMB

The following remarks were delivered today at a press conference of coalition partners unpacking the 2018/2019 metro budgets passed in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. The representatives consisted of DA Leader Mmusi Maimane, Cope President Mosiuoa Lekota, ACDP National Chairperson Jo-Ann Downs, FF+ Leader Pieter Groenewald, and IFP Mayco Member for Transport in Johannesburg Nonhlanhla Makhuba

Introduction

In the 2016 Local Government Elections, after over 20 years of ANC government neglect, the people rightly fired the ANC and chose alternative governments in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. From the moment the coalition governments assumed office in these metros, they all set out with a shared vision: to aggressively crush corruption, wage an unrelenting war on crime, shape an enabling environment for job creation and deliver nothing but the highest standard of services to all.

While there is still a long journey and many more complex problems for these coalition governments to solve, huge progress continues to be made.

Last month, the coalition governments in the City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay in total passed more than a R100 billion in budgets for the 2018/19 financial year. What distinguishes these budgets from previous metro budgets under the ANC is that they are all singularly focused on pro-poor basic service delivery improvements, and on creating an enabling environment for job creation, defeating corruption, and winning the fight against crime.

Our aim is simple: our governments must distinguish themselves by delivering nothing but the best services to all residents of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Every coalition government has crafted a budget that prioritises basic service delivery over luxuries. This is evidence of coalition governments that are fiscally responsible with the people’s money.

Johannesburg 

Under the coalition government in Johannesburg, the City is well on its way to strengthening its hand as the economic powerhouse of Africa. The City of Johannesburg passed a R58.9 billion budget that is rightly aimed at fixing the financial position of Johannesburg, which was left close to bankruptcy by a billing crisis and rampant corruption. It has achieved this by prioritising spending on infrastructure investment, pro-poor development and visible service delivery.

To this end, the Diphetogo Programme has been the clarion call of the City. The Diphetogo Service Delivery Budget includes budget for infrastructural investment, pro-poor service delivery and the fight against drugs and crime.

Over the next three years more than R1 billion will be invested in the tarring of gravel roads through spending on average R357 million each year – a R40 million per year increase. Residents of Johannesburg can expect 6 000 less pipe bursts over the next year as the City has apportioned almost R1 billion to its water network. The City has doubled the amount allocated to re-cabling old intersections and installing traffic light battery packs, ensuring that traffic light faults at intersections will drop by nearly three quarters. Moreover, almost R200 million has been set aside to solve the residual backlog over the next three years.

This coalition government has stressed the fundamental importance of the people’s money being directed to people who need it the most – the poor and vulnerable. That is why next year’s housing budget of almost R1.5 billion is by far the largest ever in the history of the City.

To make residents feel safer, three Community Substance Abuse Treatment Centres will be built with the R12.5 million budgeted to do so. There is also an increase in capital expenditure for public lights to R45 million, which will see the installation of 2 300 new lights in public areas across the City.

Tshwane

The leadership team behind the Capital’s revival have ambitious plans for the people of Tshwane. The City of Tshwane’s vision will lead to the improvement of basic service delivery, strengthening of public safety, prioritise the poor, rapid growth of the economy and creation of jobs.

Almost R1 billion has been apportioned by the City for electricity, roads, storm water and housing respectively. That is how serious the City is about investing in major infrastructural projects that will power the City, ensure safe roads, modernise storm water and attract investment.

Nearly double the almost R1 billion that will be used for housing has been provided for general infrastructural maintenance and repairs – which is a 20% increase from the previous budget. Water and sanitation has seen nearly half a billion apportioned to it and R25 million has now be made available to fix sinkholes in the City.

The people have reason to feel safe under the Tshwane administration. Whether recovering from drugs and substance abuse or vulnerable to theft and vandalism, the City has put in place measures to ensure that the people’s safety is top of the agenda. R318 million has been directed towards a comprehensive security plan for security services at City facilities so that the amount of theft and vandalism that robs the people of Tshwane of basic service delivery is curtailed. And those who have fallen victim to drug and substance abuse can now know that there this is a City that cares with over R40 million having been budgeted for drugs and substance abuse programmes.

Those who have been left behind and the most vulnerable in our society lie at the heart of the City’s budget. Almost R300 million in capital expenditure will be used on upgrading informal settlements and R132 million to enhance to water and sanitation residents of these settlements. More than a quarter of a billion will be spent on the upgrading of roads and drainage

The operational expenditure budget for planning and feasibility processes over the next year has been increased to nearly R100 million, ensuring that arrangements to identify informal settlements that can be upgraded in the future are being planned and facilitated. The people of the Capital City can look forward to R36 million in infrastructure and social housing units being developed in Chantelle, Townlands and Sunnyside over the next year.

Over a billion rand is being injected into the economy, with job creation at the centre of this investment. Nearly R150 million has been made available to ensure that 23 000 jobs can be created through EPWP initiatives.  More than R40 million has been approved for the inner city over the next year – with almost triple that amount planned for the medium term to tackle water, electricity, roads and water capacity constraints.

Over half a billion rand will be shifted to economic nodes as they are vital areas that need capital involvement to create an enabling environment for job creation. In partnership with institutions such as AIDC, SEDA, EOH, BPESA Gauteng Government, DTI and National Small Business Department, as many as 1 700 people will receive training through skills development centres.

Nelson Mandela Bay

No coalition government is easy to navigate, and Nelson Mandela Bay knows this reality. But never has this difficulty been made the people’s problem. Considerable support has been budgeted for low-income communities, the upgrading of housing and informal settlements, roads and lighting and community facilities.

Low-income communities will never be left behind under the Nelson Mandela Bay coalition government. The coalition will continue to help Assistance to the Poor (ATTP) recipients with more than R2 billion budgeted over the medium term. And R1.5 million will be spent on infrastructure for informal trading (EDTA) over the next year.

The people of the Bay can expect to live in dignity under the coalition government. Almost half a billion rand has been apportioned to upgrading housing and informal settlements. R45 million of this will be used for the acquisition of land for housing development in the areas of Seaview and Lorraine; R183.4 million will be spent on various human settlements projects and a R30 million bucket eradication programme. Morevover, R167.9 million in informal housing and informal electrification programmes will be rolled out over the medium term.

The safety of Nelson Mandela Bay’s roads is a key priority for this government. To ensure this, more than half a billion rand has been put aside for roads and lighting. Over the medium term, R68.5 million will be directed to the resurfacing of roads and the tarring of gravel roads. Subsidised roads will be resurfaced at a cost of R30 million, R40 million in road rehabilitation will be rolled out, and R72.7 million will go towards public lighting.

Finally, almost R150 million will be injected into the upgrading of community facilities. R36 million of this will go towards the construction of three Multi-Purpose Centres. Libraries will be upgraded and restored for R32 million, R18.5 million in sports facilities upgrades will be implemented, a R6 million major park upgrade will be developed, and R49 million in upgrades and development of public open spaces will be rolled out.

Conclusion

In Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, we will continue to work hard to ensure that we govern in an open, transparent and people-orientated manner. After decades of neglect by previous ANC administrations, the people of Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Nelson Mandela Bay can have hope in their governments that are focused on delivering for the people. Where we govern, jobs are created, corruption is eradicated, and services are provided to all.

In the City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, capital spending that focuses on basic service delivery has been prioritised over all ‘non-essential spending’. And this has led to fiscally prudent government spending in the Johannesburg and Tshwane where record-high budget surplus’ have been achieved.

These metro budgets are focused and responsible pro-poor budgets that seek to build a conducive environment for job-creation, crush corruption, win the war against crime and deliver excellent services to the people. And it is because of their vision and leadership that City-led economic growth continues to flourish in the country.

DA-led Tshwane leads in job-creation

The following remarks were delivered by DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, during a visit to the Ga-Rankuwa Arts and Crafts Centre in Tshwane today. The Leader was joined by DA Leader in Gauteng, John Moodey, and the Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga. Please find photographs of the visit attached here, here and here

Today I visited the Ga-Rankuwa Arts and Crafts Centre, a model for expanding opportunities to those left out of the economy.

The programme that I visited today is a good example of why under a DA-led government, the economy grows faster, unemployment is lower, and more and more entrepreneurs have the confidence to start their small businesses. Where we govern, more people have work, and more people have hope of finding work. This is the DA difference that voters can expect in a DA-governed Gauteng.

The flagship project at the centre is the FabLab. The DA-led coalition government in Tshwane, led by Mayor Solly Msimanga, has helped design, manage and fund the FabLab, and has even provided the facilities at Ga-Rankuwa free of charge.

And since taking over the City in 2016, our coalition government has pioneered a Youth Innovation Challenge and a “Hackathon” which, like the FabLab programme, is another opportunity for young entrepreneurs to get the support and they chance they need to thrive. The Hackathon gives young people with innovative service delivery solutions a chance to work with the Mayor in tackling some of the biggest problems in the City.

The primary training that the learners are offered by the programme is run by the City of Tshwane in partnership with other agencies. This programme’s main objective is to work with schools to give these learners access to entrepreneurship, technology and innovation training.  The majority of the youth that the FabLab programme works with are as young as grade 9 to 11 learners and all are from poor communities and backgrounds.

And their use of technology is even targeted at finding solutions to service delivery problems. So it was exciting to learn that there are already more than 250 young entrepreneurs who have benefitted from FabLab and are now using tech to help services get to the people.

This programme is only a glimpse into the DA-led administration’s commitment to small businesses in Tshwane. Since taking office in 2016, the City has spent approximately R3 billion with small business suppliers alone, which is almost triple the amount spent by the previous ANC administration.

We must never stop trying to build a South Africa where no one is left behind. And it is SMME programmes like those run at Ga-Rankuwa Arts and Crafts Centre that will continue to be a shining example of previously disadvantaged communities receiving redress and job opportunities being created for young South Africans.

DA calls on COGTA to urgently intervene in collapsing municipalities

The DA notes with concern the findings of the Auditor General (A-G), Kimi Makwetu, as contained in the Consolidated General Report on the Local Government Audit Outcomes: 2016-17. The A-G reported “an overall deterioration in the audit results of South Africa’s municipalities” for the period, admitting that it is “five years later, and we are still faced with the same accountability and governance challenges we had flagged throughout these years. There has been no significant positive change towards credible results; instead, we are witnessing a reversal in audit outcomes”.

Despite the grim overall picture painted by the A-G, the DA is proud of the Western Cape’s performance, as 86% of our municipalities received a “good” overall assessment for financial health. Once again the DA-governed Western Cape has come out miles ahead of ANC-governed municipalities, with only 47% of municipalities in second-placed KwaZulu-Natal achieving the same assessment for financial health and none at all in the Free State. This is further proof that where the DA governs our people have transparent and efficient governments.

In the DA-run metros in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, we inherited a mess from years of ANC mismanagement. We have, since August 2016, worked tirelessly to run clean governments which deliver services to over 16 million South Africans. Our Mayors will continue to work hard to bring much-needed change and rid the metros of the rot the ANC has left.

Alarmingly, the A-G found that all municipalities in the Free State, 59% of municipalities in the North West and 56% of municipalities in the Northern Cape require interventions. These findings are a damning indictment on the ANC-led governments in these provinces. In particular, Ace Magashule and Supra Mahumapelo have single-handily destroyed local governments in the provinces that they led. Instead of being punished for depriving South Africans of the much-needed change, the ANC has now rewarded them both by simply redeploying them.

The DA strongly condemns the lack of intervention and support from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and we call on Minister Zweli Mkhize to timeously address this failure by acting boldly and urgently implementing financial recovery plans in the 83 municipalities which require interventions. It is simply not good enough to have these damning reviews years after our municipalities have been plunged into a state of crisis. COGTA must have a far more active role in ensuring that we do not lose billions to corruption like has been the case for the past 3 years.

It is clear that South Africa needs total change. The ANC has demonstrated it cannot be trusted to run clean and effective governments.

DA sees promising growth in Gauteng by-elections

The DA grew from 28.81% to 33.14% in the ward 92 by-election in Joburg yesterday. We welcome these results as a testament to the Party’s goal of winning this province in 2019.

We contested four by-elections in Joburg and Tshwane yesterday. These took place in wards 92, 88 and 72 in Joburg as well as in ward 47 in Tshwane.

Further to the encouraging results that we saw in ward 92, we also grew from 82.67% to 91.69% in ward 72 while support remained consistent in ward 88 at 79.66%. In Tshwane we grew from 87.67% to 95.18% of voter support.

We are encouraged by these results because as they signal the growing trust the people of South Africa have in our ability to govern and change their lives for the better. We are the only party that can bring about Total Change in Gauteng.

The ANC built a corrupt system to feed themselves and it is the people who paid the price. While it won’t happen overnight, people are seeing significant progress happen as DA-led governments spare no effort in undoing the damage that was done by a self-serving ANC.

DA-led governments are prioritizing better service delivery, greater access to opportunities and the fight against corruption,  so that we can help our people live a life they value.

I am thankful to each and every resident who came out and voted for the DA yesterday. We remain committed to our cause of bringing Total Change that builds one South Africa for All.

Just R700 per month – Tshwane leading the way with social housing

As part of its plans to meet the growing demand for housing, the City of Tshwane launched a R300 million Thembelihle Village Social Housing Project in the Tshwane inner city.

Completed in November 2017, with first occupation in February 2018, the project targets people in the low to medium income bracket, who earn between R3 500 and R15 000 a month. With rent for a bachelor apartment starting as low as R700 a month, the project is providing affordable quality homes to low-income earners nearer their place of work.

The ‘Thembelihle’ Village, which means ‘good hope’, is located close to government departments, other places of work, shops, social amenities and public transport. In total, the village will provide housing to more than 2,000 residents.

 “This brings people closer to where the opportunities are, without there being the characteristic of dividers of wealth. I am very proud of this project, as this is building homes for people.”

– Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga.