Gauteng Election Results Frighten Provincial ANC Politicians

Infrastructure Development Portfolio Committee

Poor results achieved by the ANC during the Local Government election in August has had a huge impact on the attitudes of the party’s politicians in the Gauteng Legislature.

In a recent meeting of the Infrastructure Development Portfolio Committee, ANC members made an impassioned plea to Gauteng Infrastructure MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, to pull out all the stops to turn around the poor performance of the department.

They predicted, that if this could not be achieved, then the DA would be sitting in the MEC’s chair come 2019.

MEC Mamabolo indicated that while he was confident that the department has systems in place, the major risk remains the poor attitude of some employees who do not care about the quality of their outputs.

Pressure on ANC Administration to Deliver

He suggested that those employees needed to understand that the days of no consequences for poor performance were over.

This new attitude amongst ANC politicians has positive consequences for residents of Gauteng in that they can expect better performance. The thought of losing power seems to have concentrated their minds like nothing before.

Why the ANC had to wait to take a beating at the polls before showing more urgency and care, is a question that only they can answer.

The DA will continue to put pressure on the ANC administration to deliver efficient, value for money services to the residents of Gauteng. In conjunction with the DA-run municipalities in Gauteng, namely Johannesburg, Tshwane, Midvaal and Mogale City, we will show the ANC how to govern to the benefit of all residents.

 

Media enquiries:

Alan Fuchs MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Infrastructure Development

060 558 8313

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DA Leaders To Cast Votes For Change

This Election, 3 August 2016, the DA Leader and battleground Mayoral Candidates will cast their votes as follows:

 

DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP –

Live coverage on SABC and ENCA

Time: 08h00

Location: Allen Glen High School, Randburg, Johannesburg

Media enquiries: Mabine Seabe (084 677 7851)

Maimane will be joined by DA Mayoral Candidate for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba.

 

DA Mayoral Candidate for Cape Town, Patricia De Lille –

Time: 08h50

Location: Pinelands Town Hall, St Stephens Road, Pinelands, Cape Town

Media enquiries: Cameron Arendse (079 477 2744)

 

DA Mayoral Candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip –

Live coverage on SABC and ENCA

Time: 09h30

Location: Westbourne Oval, Richmond Hill, NMB

Media enquiries: Kristoff Adelbert (079 199 1890)

 

DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, joined by DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP –

Live coverage on SABC

Time: 10h00

Location: Capital Park Primary School, Flower Street, Tshwane

Media enquiries: Motheo Mtimkulu (083 728 0554)

 

DA Mayoral Candidate for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba –

Time: 11h00

Location: Sandton Fire Station, Grayston Drive, Joburg

Media enquiries: Nkele Molapo (072 041 4842)

 

DA Mayoral Candidate for Ekurhuleni, Ghaleb Cachalia –

Time: 11h45

Location: Eastleigh Primary School, Central Avenue, Edenvale

Media enquiries: Warren Gwilt (073 601 6144)

 

DA Mayoral Candidate for Midvaal, Bongani Baloyi 

Time: 09h00

Location: Rothdene Hall, Ward 3, Midvaal

Media enquiries: Percy Koji (078 690 2770)

Selfe And Msimanga To Visit IEC Results Operation Centre

Today, 02 August 2016, the Chairperson of the DA’s Federal Executive, James Selfe MP, and DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, will visit the IEC Results Operation Centre, which will be the hub of this year’s election outcomes.

The DA stands ready to make historic gains in Election 2016, and the election outcomes rely fundamentally on the IEC’s Results Operation Centre and its readiness.

Selfe and Msimanga will visit the R.O.C as follows:

Date: 02 August 2016
Time: 17h00
Location: R.O.C, Pretoria Show Grounds, Tshwane

Selfe and Msimanga will brief the media on the DA’s most up-to-date electoral prospects in Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Media enquiries:
 
Karabo Tledima
Press Officer
061 794 3819 

 

Jacques de Villiers

Press Officer

083 683 2781

Joint Briefing By Gauteng Mayoral Candidates: The DA Plan Against E-tolls In Joburg, Tshwane And Ekurhuleni

Tomorrow, Tuesday 19 July 2016, DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, DA Mayoral Candidate for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, and DA Mayoral Candidate for Ekurhuleni, Ghaleb Cachalia, will brief the media on our plan against E-tolls as DA-governed Metro Municipal governments, after the 03 August Elections.

In this Election voters can elect a DA government which will tackle E-tolls, rather than an ANC local government which supports and sustains E-tolls.

Only the DA can beat the ANC in Joburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni, and once in government, only the DA will tackle E-tolls. Our plan against E-tolls will be presented in practical terms, as we are ready to stand up for the people of Gauteng who are being fleeced by SANRAL and the national ANC government.

The Mayoral Candidates will be joined by DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, John Moodey MPL, and DA Shadow Minister for Transport, Manny De Freitas MP.

Date: Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Time: 11:00

Venue: Outside SANRAL Head Office, 48 Tambotie Avenue, Val De Grace, Pretoria

Coordinates: 25°44’49.5″S 28°17’20.9″E

There will be opportunity for photographs and one-on-one interviews.

 

Media enquiries:

Motheo Mtimkulu

Media Officer: Tshwane Mayoral Campaign

083 728 0554

 

Nkele Molapo

Media Officer: Johannesburg Mayoral Campaign

072 041 4842

Media Accreditation Open For DA Manifesto Launch

On Saturday 23 April, DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP, will launch a local government manifesto that promises to bring change and accountability to municipalities across the country.

This year’s Local Government Elections will arguably be the most competitive in our democratic history and we need to vote for change, change that will build a better South Africa for all.

The Leader will be joined by the DA’s Mayoral Candidates,  for Johannesburg – Herman Mashaba – for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga MPL – for Cape Town, Patricia de Lille – and for Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.

Media organisations wishing to attend the manifesto launch should RSVP with Victoria Tompkins (victoriat@da.org.za) by no later than close of business tomorrow, Tuesday 19 April 2016. The following details need to be submitted for accreditation:

  1. Name of organisation
  2. Number of people attending
  3. Names and positions of those attending
  4. Contact details (cell, tel, email)

Date: Saturday 23 April 2016

Venue: Rand Stadium, Johannesburg

We understand that there may be certain media organisations which are unable to confirm as yet which member of their staff will be attending. In those cases, we would kindly request that a RSVP is still sent through, which indicates that the names of the attendees will be confirmed at a later stage.

 

Enquiries:

Victoria Tompkins

Strategic Communications Manager

082 906 4799

 

Nkele Molapo

Media Officer

072 041 4842

Final Registration Weekend: DA Leader Maimane To Visit Johannesburg And Tshwane

This weekend, 09 and 10 April 2016, Democratic Alliance Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP, will be in Johannesburg and Tshwane to encourage South Africans to play a role in building a better South Africa by registering to vote for change in arguably the most competitive Local Government Elections yet, which will take place on 03 August 2016.

Further to this, the DA will launch its Local Government Elections Campaign on Saturday, 23 April 2016 at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.

In Johannesburg, the DA Leader will be joined by the DA Mayoral Candidate for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba:

 

Date: Saturday, 09 April 2016

Time: 10:30

Venue: Temporary Voting Station

Address: Cnr 16th Avenue and Rooth Street, Alexandra

Contact: Nkele Molapo, Media Officer to Herman Mashaba, 072 041 4842

 

In Tshwane the DA Leader will be joined by the DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga MPL:

 

Date: Sunday, 10 April 2016

Time: 10:30

Venue: FF Ribiero Primary School, Mamelodi West

Address: 7060 Shabangu Avenue, Mamelodi West

Contact: Motheo Mtimkulu, Media Officer to Solly Msimanga, 083 728 0554

There will be interview and photo opportunities at each event.

 

 

Media Enquiries:

Mabine Seabe

Spokesperson to the DA Leader

084 677 7851

e-Tolls: Gauteng ANC Cannot Undo Its Masters Bidding

National Transport Department

Gauteng ANC chairperson, Paul Mashatile’s comments that the National Transport Department must not force the e-Toll system down people’s throats rings as a hollow election slogan, because if the ANC was really against the system, it would have turned the gantries off years ago.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s backtracking on the matter speaks volumes to the complete disregard the ANC has for the financial damage e-Tolls metes out on the citizens of Gauteng.

When promising to address the issue in 2014, Makhura appeared to have had citizen’s interests at heart. However, after a costly review panel, a slightly altered – but ultimately the same e-Toll package was handed back to Gauteng residents under the guise of a “new dispensation”.

Makhura, Mashatile and the Zuma Administration

In his State of the Province Address this year, Makhura made mention of the fact that the system of e-tolling is not being adhered to because of the financial implications – the heart of why the DA has never supported this unjust system.

Makhura has gone on record as stating that this issue will be reviewed. He has reviewed it once, what different outcome will there be this time?

Paul Mashatile throwing his weight behind Makhura will have no impact. Shunned by the current Zuma administration, Mashatile is in no position to pull strings at a national level. Makhura has not spoken to President Zuma since assuming office in 2014 and is not favoured because he is seen as a man of action – something many of his ANC colleagues are not.

Upcoming Municipal Elections

It is safe to say that under this ANC led government, with its two centres of power, e-Tolls are here to stay. The thousands of Gauteng’s residents who make use these taxed roads will continue to suffer.

The DA winning the cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane in the upcoming municipal elections is the first step to undoing this unjust taxation of Gauteng’s roads.

The first thing a DA administration as the government in Gauteng will do is turn off the e-toll gantries.

 

Media enquiries:

John Moodey MPL

DA Gauteng Provincial Leader

082 960 3743

Registration Weekend: DA Leader Maimane To Visit Johannesburg And Nelson Mandela Bay

This weekend, 05 and 06 March 2016, Democratic Alliance Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP, will be in Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay to encourage South Africans to play a role in building a better South Africa by registering to vote for change in arguably the most competitive Local Government Elections yet.

In Johannesburg, where the DA Leader will register to vote, he will be joined by DA Johannesburg Mayoral Candidate, Herman Mashaba and a young South African who will be registering to vote for the first time.

The DA Leader’s registration weekend programme is as follows:

 

Saturday, 05 March 2016

Event Type: DA Leader registers to vote

Time: 10:00

Venue: Allen Glen High School

Address: Landhuis Street, Roodepoort

 

Sunday, 06 March 2016

Event Type: DA NMB Mayoral Candidate registers to vote

Time: 11:00

Venue: Westbourne Oval

Address: Westbourne Rd, Motherwell, Port Elizabeth

The DA Leader will be joined by the DA Nelson Mandela Bay Mayoral Candidate, Athol Trollip MPL.

There will be interview and photo opportunities at each event.

 

Media Enquiries:

Mabine Seabe

Spokesperson to the DA Leader

084 677 7851

Nkele Molapo

Media Officer to Herman Mashaba

072 041 4842

DA Plan To Help Businesses Create Jobs In Bertrams

Bertrams is an old suburb in east Johannesburg near the inner city.

It is a mixed residential and business area, but is in need of law enforcement and upgrading which will assist in creating new jobs.

DA Constituency Head, Jack Bloom MPL and Ward Councillor Carlos da Rocha invite the media to meet business owners who will explain how the incompetence of the Johannesburg City Council prevents them from creating more jobs that will assist everyone in the area.

The DA will also present a plan to increase Bertrams’ job-creating potential should the DA win Johannesburg in the local elections that are due to be held this year.

 

Date: Thursday, 14 January

Time: 11:00

Venue: Katherine House, 33 Frere Road Bertrams (between Queens and Viljoen streets)

 

There will be opportunities for interviews and photographs. Members of the media are welcome to attend.

 

Media enquiries:

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Joburg East Constituency Head

082 333 4222

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Gauteng Metros Collectively Lose Over 88 Billion Kilolitres Of Water

A total of 88,177 billion kilolitres of water losses were reported in Gauteng’s three metropolitan municipalities from July 2014 to June 2015.

This is enough to fill approximately 35 000 Olympic sized swimming pools.

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Jacob Mamabolo, revealed this information in a written reply to a DA question in the Gauteng Legislature.

(Click here to view the reply)

These water losses were largely due to flaws in the metering and billing systems in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.

Furthermore, the MEC ascribes the massive losses to illegal connections, physical leaks and reservoir overflows.

Old pipe replacement projects for the 2015/16 financial year will collectively cost the three metros R1,785 billion.

The City of Johannesburg alone will fork out R3, 138 billion over the next three years to replace pipes, faulty meters and install pressure reducing valves.

Where it governs, the DA has reduced water losses to below 21% through the effective implementation of an array of strategies.

Joburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni can take a leaf out of the DA-run City of Cape Town’s book to reduce the amount of losses and revenue being spent on frivolous programmes.

The 2016 Local Government Elections is fast approaching and the DA can deliver these programmes to cut water losses and improve services when it wins Tshwane, Joburg and Ekurhuleni.

 

Media enquiries:

Fred Nel MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance

083 263 2427

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