Mayor Tyrone Gray to make ground-breaking announcement on the future of loadshedding in Mogale City

On Monday, 6th March 2023, DA Executive Mayor of the Mogale City Local Municipality, Councillor Tyrone Gray will reveal plans currently underway to halve load-shedding in the Mogale City Local Municipality by 2024.

Mayor Gray will be joined by DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, Solly Msimanga, to announce operations and processes underway and what these will mean for Mogale City residents.

Loadshedding has devastated the lives and livelihoods of South Africans for the past 15 years. Perpetual stage 6 load-shedding has further destroyed ageing and critical infrastructure over the past few months. It is imperative that municipalities across the country work tirelessly to lessen dependency on Eskom.

Since taking office in November 2021, Mayor Gray has been hard at work turning around Mogale City and making it a destination for work and leisure.

Members of the media are invited to the briefing.

Details are as follows:

Date: 6th March 2023
Time: 12h00
Place: Nkululeko House, 21 Ernst Oppenheimer Avenue, Bruma, Johannesburg

DA Remains Committed To The Fight Against e-Tolls

The Democratic Alliance has noted the default judgement awarded in favour of the South African Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) and continues to encourage motorists to not be pressurised by SANRAL to purchase an e-tag.

Despite claims by SANRAL, this judgement does not set a precedent against motorists who have refused to pay e-Toll fees.

The current judgement was made against a company in liquidation which had chosen not to defend itself in court.

If a case were brought before the courts, where a defendant sought legal counsel, it is probable that a court would not rule in favour of SANRAL.

The DA encourages motorists to join the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), who have offered legal assistance to motorists who may be issued summons by SANRAL.

The DA continues to reject the taxation of the provinces freeways which has had a negative impact on the provincial economy.

 

 

 

Media Enquiries
 
 
 
John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
082 960 3743
 
Warren Gwilt
DA Economic Cluster Manager
073 601 6144
 
 

Rest In Peace, Uncle Kathy

The Democratic Alliance is saddened by the passing of one of the founding fathers of our nation, Ahmed Kathrada.

His life was dedicated to the struggle for universal suffrage and freedom for all South Africans. After his release from prison, Uncle Kathy continued to lend support for those who were disenfranchised.

The greatest testament to his life will be that he, along with countless others, continued to fight against insurmountable odds so that we could enjoy the freedoms we have today.

Our nation owes you a great debt of gratitude, Uncle Kathy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kathrada family and loved ones during this very difficult time.

 

 

Media Enquiries
 
 
 
John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
082 960 3743
 
Warren Gwilt
Economic Cluster Manager
073 601 6144
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Gauteng ANC Stance On Social Development Minister Lacks Compassion

The Gauteng ANC’s inability to condemn and call for the axing of Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, speaks volumes about the lack of compassion that the party has for the 17 million grant beneficiaries who have been held to ransom by the Minister’s incompetence.

In keeping with its tradition of indecisiveness on issues of major importance, like the e-toll saga, the ANC in Gauteng have shown once again that they have the best interests of Jacob Zuma and his acolytes at heart – not the people they swore an oath of office to serve.

Minister Dlamini’s contempt for Parliament and accountability is an affront to democracy and an insult to the millions whose lives hang in the balance because of her inaction. To remain silent is to condone the actions of a minister who is not fit to hold office.

The DA places it’s faith in the Constitutional Court’s ability to find a solution to the grant payment system and will continue to call for the removal of Minister Dlamini from her post.

Media enquiries:

John Moodey

DA Gauteng Leader 

082 960 3743

 

Warren Gwilt 

Economic Cluster Manager 

073 601 6144

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Xenophobia Has No Place In Our Democratic Society

Rule of Law

The DA in Gauteng strongly condemns the recent wave of xenophobic violence in our province.

Xenophobia has no place in our democratic society.

It is deeply saddening that two of our Afropolitan cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane have seen attacks targeting foreigners.

We call on all South Africans to respect the rule of law and to refrain from targeting foreigners.

Our country’s history and the freedom we enjoy today was not won in isolation, many African nations played a pivotal role in supporting South Africa’s liberation.

The DA will put forward a motion in the Provincial Legislature on Xenophobia.

 

 

Media Enquiries
 
 
 
John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
082 960 3743
 
Yaseen Carelse
Social Development Cluster Manager
072 721 8613
 
 
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Premier Makhura’s Response To SOPA Debate Welcomed

The DA in Gauteng welcomes Premier David Makhura’s response to the debate on his State of the Province Address, today.

We applaud the Premier for his stance against the violence, destruction and thuggery of the ANC members and affiliates who stormed the Johannesburg City Council yesterday.

We welcome the Premiers instruction that the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Paul Mashatile, will meet with the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, to dealing with the mayhem which occurred yesterday.

However, it appears as if the storming of the council by the ANC was deliberate and orchestrated.

Given the unrest around xenophobia and other violence in the province, the storming of the council sitting and the violent attacks on a government institution does not bode well for where South Africa is in its democracy.

The DA once again condemns the ANC for its actions in trying to halt service delivery in the province.

The Premier in his response failed to acknowledge that he was in fact well aware of the transferring of mental health patients long before the tragedy of Life Esidimeni 100+ occurred.

We, therefore, reiterate our call for the Premier to do the honourable thing and resign.

 

 

Media Enquiries
 
 
 
John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
082 960 3743
 
Yaseen Carelse
Social Development Cluster Manager
072 721 8613
 
 
 
 

DA Leader Maimane to commemorate the sinking of the SS Mendi

Today, 21 February 2017, Democratic Alliance Leader, Mmusi Maimane, will commemorate the sinking of the SS Mendi, a tragedy which took place a century ago, on 21 February 1917.

This tragic sinking saw 616 South Africans perish, including 607 black men serving in the South African Native Labour Contingent.

The Leader will be joined by DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, John Moodey, DA National Spokesperson, Refiloe Nt’sekhe and Johannesburg MMC for Community Development, Nonhlanhla Sifumba.

The media is invited to cover the commemoration as follows:

Date: 21 February 2017

Time: 10:00 – 10:30

Location: Beyers Naude Square, Johannesburg CBD (Opposite the Gauteng Legislature)

 

 

 

Media enquiries:

Mabine Seabe

Spokesperson to the DA Leader

084 677 7851

 

Graham Charters

Event Liaison Officer

072 635 0440

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Premier Makhura Shirks Responsibility And Offers More Empty Promises

State of the Province Address

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura’s State of the Province Address was a weak attempt to absolve himself from the many wrong-doings of the ANC-led provincial government, while at the same time offering little hope of a brighter future for the 13.5 million residents of the province.

Makhura’s admission that no consultation had taken place on e-Tolls, and that the matter is the prerogative of national government, shows that he has capitulated to his masters in Luthuli House. He has decided that he is not a man of the people.

The complete and untruthful distancing of himself from the Life Esidimeni tragedy beggars belief. The Premier should have tendered his resignation today out of respect for the 100 and counting mentally ill patients that lost their lives.

Economy, Housing, and Social Services

The de-institutionalisation of mental health patients and the warnings against this action were made known to the Premier as early as January 2016. Instead of taking his share of the blame, Makhura has attempted to isolate himself from the tragic events that led to the loss of 100 and counting lives. Again, he has shown that political survival and, not people come first.

Many of the so-called plans to be rolled out to reshape the economy, housing, and social services are simply reheated dreams that are two years old. Minor adjustments to these fanciful dreams has certainly not led to prosperity.

The Lost Generation

The Premier had little to offer to the lost generation of those who are out of education and out of work. In Gauteng, there are 3.4 million people who fall into this category, the highest in the country. Since taking office, unemployment has risen from 29.8% to 32.2%. It cannot continue to be business as usual for this province.

The Premier has made mention of numerous panels and commissions that will be established to re-shape the economy and deal with the social challenges of this province. The real question is, when will this administration get down to the hard task of delivering on its mandate to all?

More, now than ever, will the DA seek to drive a plan that speaks to redressing the wrongs of the past – building a more inclusive economy and uplifting the lives of those who have been marginalised and forgotten about by this administration.

Premier Makhura’s face saving exercise may do well for the cameras, but it does not bode well against the coalface of real-world hardships faced by the residents of Gauteng.

 

 

Media enquiries:

John Moodey MPL

DA Gauteng Provincial Leader

060 558 8312

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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

DA Gauteng Debates Office Of The Premier 2016/17 Budget

Speech by: John Moodey MPL

“Office of the Premier: Real programme implementation needed for real change”

  • The word radical means far-reaching or thorough, revolutionary, progressive. The question is this: Is this government delivering on its promises?
  • How can the Premier claim radical economic transformation when the number of employed people in the province decreased by 195 000?
  • Mr Premier, where is the modernisation of the economy when the trade sector alone sheds 117 000 jobs in a single quarter? When construction and manufacturing shed 34 000 and 33 000 jobs respectively?
  • We therefore urge you to put the province and its people first, to do the right thing, not for any reason other than that it is the thing to do.

The full speech can be obtained here

 

Speech by: Jack Bloom MPL

 “Gauteng provincial government captured before Guptas”

  • The Premier understands the political peril that the ANC faces in this province as a result of service delivery failures and the unpopularity of President Jacob Zuma.
  • How is it possible, for instance, that R908 million in housing funds was taken away from this province at the end of February because it was unspent? Are we not desperately short of housing in this province?
  • Let me tell you what the root of the problem is in Gauteng – it is cadre deployment and general political interference in what needs to be done to run an efficient administration.
  • The Guptas were largely shut out of Gauteng in favour of another network of state capture – the “Alex Mafia” run by ANC Provincial Chairman Paul Mashatile.
  • The Honourable Premier will have an uphill battle using his office to get all the departments functioning efficiently and effectively, because the problem is deeply ingrained within his own party

The full speech can be obtained here

 

Media enquiries:

John Moodey MPL

DA Gauteng Caucus Leader

082 960 3743

 

Jack Bloom

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on the Office of the Premier

082 333 4222

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