Work stoppages delay new beds for covid-19 at Bronkhorstspruit

Greedy sub-contractors and a local ANC councillor in Bronkhorstspruit have been hobbling efforts to complete 150 new beds at the Bronkhorstspruit Hospital that are desperately needed to treat the surge of COVID-19 cases.

According to Tshwane DA councillor Bronwynn Engelbrecht, the extra beds should have been completed by 15 December last year, but sub-contractors have downed tools and are demanding more money to finish the job. It appears that they have squandered money already paid to them by buying expensive cars.

Engelbrecht has also been informed that a local ANC councillor has been encouraging these stoppages. This is putting pressure on BMW which is funding it as a social responsibility project.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura claimed last week that the hospital upgrade was expected by the end of this month, but this seems unlikely.

Further delays can be expected in staffing and equipping these beds as well.

It is questionable why extra beds are being set up so far from the densely populated parts of Tshwane where the need is greatest.

Extra beds at the Mamelodi and Kalafong hospitals would have been more useful in taking strain off the Steve Biko Hospital where COVID-19 patients are now being treated in tents in the parking lot.

And where is the field hospital in Rosslyn that Makhura promised in May last year with the assistance of Nissan and BMW?

This is yet another example of poor planning and botched implementation of hospital projects that are urgently needed to save lives in this terrible epidemic.

Note: Clr Engelbrecht can be contacted at Tel: 082 376-1022

DA sends condolences after horror school taxi crash

The DA sends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the learners who have lost their lives this afternoon in Bronkhorstpruit. This is a tragic accident, and now is a time for mourning.

Very sadly, the horrific crash today in Bronkhorstspruit is but one of many where school children fall victim while travelling to and from school.

The DA is calling on Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC to urgently implement a special licencing code for taxis transporting school learners in the province.

Indeed, the cause of the collision is unknown at this stage, however, the loss of young learners with their whole lives ahead of them is a tragedy.

In the coming days, the DA will call on MEC Ismail Vadi to meet with stakeholders and the Gauteng Department of
Education to ensure such a provincial licensing measure is possible and effectively implemented. This will make scholar transport safer and better regulated.

We cannot put our young people at risk like this as they undertake their daily journeys to and from school.

Media Enquiries

Fred Nel MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport
083 263 2427

Yaseen Carelse
Media and Issues Specialist
073 895 5789

Mandela Day: Msimanga To Honour Madiba’s Legacy

Today, 18 July 2016, DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, will honour the legacy of uTata Madiba in a series of events in commemoration of Mandela Day across Tshwane.

Msimanga will be joined by DA Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen MP.

The events will take place as follows:

Event: Visit to Pre School
Time: 10:30
Location: Ditshego Pre School, Mooiplaas
Co-ordinates: 25°50’57.9″S 28°05’38.7″E

Event: Visit to Old Age Centre
Time: 12:30
Location: Ikageng Old Age Centre, Mamelodi
Co-ordinates: 25°43’33.9″S 28°23’41.0″E

Event: Visit to Children’s Aftercare Centre
Time: 15:00
Location: Kids Care Aftercare Centre, Zithobeni
Co-ordinates: 25°46’58.9″S 28°43’16.1″E

Event: Refurbishment of RDP house
Time: 16:00
Location: Rethabiseng, Bronkhorstspruit

There will be photo and interview opportunities.

Media Enquiries:
Motheo Mtimkulu
Media Manager: Tshwane Mayoral Campaign
083 728 0554

DA Ensures Cobra Road Is Repaired

Cobra Road between Cullinan intersection and Bronkhorstspruit in Tswhane will be restored after the DA’s two year pursuit of the matter with the Gauteng Depatment of Roads and Transport (GDRT).

In September 2014, the DA submitted a petition through the Gauteng Legislature’s petitions committee, requesting that the road be resurfaced as it had fallen into disrepair, affecting hundreds of commuters who use the road daily.

GDRT technical engineering officials cited several observations on the dire state of the road indicating that it had become increasingly dangerous due to a highly corrugated gravel surface with a fully blocked culvert yet argued that the average annual daily traffic on the road is less than the required provincial roads standard for a complete resurfacing.

The road will be re-gravelling in the 2016/17 financial year.

The DA will continue to monitor GDRT’s delivery and ensure that it commits to this deadline.


Media Enquiries:

Adriana Randall MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Taemane

060 556 4342

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DA Women’s Network launches ‘Whistle Against Abuse’ Campaign


The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) recently launched its Whistle Against Abuse Campaign in Bronkhorstspruit.

Led by DA councillor, Doris Mnguni and myself, dozens of activists took to the streets of Zithobeni to hand out blue whistles to the local community.

Women were encouraged to use the whistles to alert friends and neighbours of any instances of abuse.

Tales of Abuse and Suffering

DAWN also encouraged the community to fight the scourge of abuse against women and children 365 days a year and not just during the 16 days of activism.

Many women in Zithobeni came forward with personal tales of abuse and suffering; most often at the hands of partners or someone close to them.

DAWN will be taking this campaign to other parts of Gauteng in the hope that awareness will encourage victims and those close to them to help break the cycle of abuse.

In particular as we head into Youth Month and Child Protection Week, we must all fight for safer and more caring communities.


Media Enquiries:

Bridget Masango
DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Nkungwini

072 714 2404

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