Let’s bring proper service delivery and stabilize City of Tshwane

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

For the last 10 months I have had the privilege of being the Executive Mayor in the City of Tshwane.

It has undoubtedly been one of the greatest honours of my life to have served my country as the leader of our capital city.

I became the Executive Mayor at the beginning of November 2020 after the city had been plunged into eight months of chaos by the ANC provincial government.

This came after they unlawfully dissolved our Municipal Council and imposed unelected administrators to run the capital.

In doing so they effectively collapsed service delivery and drove the city to the brink of financial ruin.

Since assuming office my commitment to our residents was very simple, that I would restore basic service delivery and stabilize the finances of the municipality.

This is exactly where I have placed by focus during the last 10 months as we have sought to restore proper governance to the City of Tshwane.

We have done this with a minority government which has brought with it, its own challenges that we have had to overcome.

What it is has shown us, is that we can do so much more with a proper majority so that we can govern the city outright and fully implement the policy positions of the Democratic Alliance to take the city forward.

I am immensely humbled by the DA’s decision to select me to contest the position of mayoral candidate for the City of Tshwane.

I intend to fully embrace this opportunity as it would be an honour to carry on serving the residents of Tshwane as their Executive Mayor.

I would like to thank all those that have supported me thus far in this journey, particularly my Mayoral Committee, my colleagues in the Tshwane caucus, the DA leadership, activists and supporters and all the residents of Tshwane for the faith you have shown in me.

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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

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

Ghaleb Cachalia To Announce DA Ekurhuleni Candidates List

Today, 22 June 2016, DA Ekurhuleni Mayoral Candidate, Ghaleb Cachalia, will announce the DA’s list of candidates for Ekurhuleni.

The DA has run the most democratic, transparent and open candidate selection process of any party in South Africa.

The candidates that have been selected by the DA to move Ekurhuleni forward again have the ability to bring about the change that the Metro so desperately needs.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Time: 14:00 pm

Venue: Edenvale Council Chambers, Edenvale Civic Centre, 75 Van Riebeeck Avenue, Edenvale.

There will be opportunities for photographs, questions and one-on-one interviews.

Media enquiries:

Warren Gwilt

073 601 6144

Ghaleb Cachalia To Announce DA Ekurhuleni Candidates List

Tomorrow, 22 June 2016, DA Ekurhuleni Mayoral Candidate, Ghaleb Cachalia, will announce the DA’s list of candidates for Ekurhuleni.

The DA has run the most democratic, transparent and open candidate selection process of any party in South Africa.

The candidates that have been selected by the DA to move Ekurhuleni forward again have the ability to bring about the change that the Metro so desperately needs.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Time: 14:00 pm

Venue: Edenvale Council Chambers, Edenvale Civic Centre, 75 Van Riebeeck Avenue, Edenvale.

There will be opportunities for photographs, questions and one-on-one interviews.

 

Media enquiries:

Warren Gwilt

073 601 6144

Tshwane ANC Violence: DA Calls For Calm

Violence in City of Tshwane

Tonight I call for calm in the City of Tshwane after the violence that erupted in Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Soshanguve and Hammanskraal today – over the ANC’s imposed Mayoral Candidate, Thoko Didiza – escalated this evening.

The DA condemns the factions within the ANC that are fanning the flames of violence.

Tshwane burns this evening as a result of a party at war with itself. That war has now spilled onto our streets, placing the people of Tshwane at risk.

This violence is a symptom of ANC factionalism and in-fighting after President Zuma and Luthuli House defied the local ANC by imposing an outsider to run for the Mayor of the Capital. The collateral damage in this battle for power are the people of Tshwane.

Inherent Factionalism

These are not the actions of a party that can move this City forward. This ANC infighting and obscene violence shows why we need change in Tshwane.

This mess is of Luthuli House’s making; the national leadership of the ANC must now step in and step up to prevent any loss of life and further damage to property.

I challenge ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe to intervene and stop the ANC infighting spilling further onto the streets of our City.

Let us put the future of Tshwane first and put the factionalism inherent to the ANC behind us.

On 3 August 2016 let us vote for change that will move this City forward again.
Media enquiries:
Motheo Mtimkulu
Media Manager: Tshwane Mayoral Campaign
083 728 0554

It’s Time For A DA government In Emfuleni

Chronic Corruption and Maladministration

Emfuleni Local Municipality has been plagued with chronic corruption and maladministration that is crippling the municipality and has adversely affected the delivery of quality services to the residents of the municipality.

On many occasions, official communication from the municipality have denied their involvement in bungled tenders, poor service delivery and officials doing business with the municipality.

The DA will outline the scandals, service delivery issues, counts of corruption and money wasted in the municipality.

(Click here to access the press conference document).

Oversight Visits

It is high time that the residents of Emfuleni are made aware of how the ANC under the leadership of Mayor Simon Mofokeng, has brought this municipality to its knees.

During the past few months, the DA have asked many questions and conducted oversight visits to projects costing millions of rands, yet only empty sites remain.

I have travelled throughout Emfuleni and surrounding areas talking to residents and hearing their daily plight. Every single petition and community protest have fallen on deaf ears.

The residents of Emfuleni, especially the elderly and frail, have told me how difficult it is for them to take a bath or to prepare food for their loved ones.

Young people have told me of their plight in searching for a job as many of the facilities have no internet access. They cannot even visit the Boipatong Memorial and Youth Centre as it has been closed since inception.

No Action Against Corrupt Officials

The past few months, I, together with my colleagues in Emfuleni dug up what we deem to cost more than R400 million worth of corruption, inflated pricing and bungled tenders.

Poor administration have made matters worse, as very little to no action has been taken against corrupt officials.

Here is a list of headlines, which the DA has exposed to the public:

  1.  Billing scandal: DA uncovers massive organised crime syndicate in Emfuleni;
  2.  R14m roads & storm water project failure;
  3. Nguna and U-street: R14m later, still no tarred road;
  4. Dickinson Park – R52 million park – no equipment, no child’s-play;
  5. Residents of Sebokeng fed up with ANC jobs-for-pals schemes;
  6. Sharpeville ECD – still not open to service the community;
  7. Evaton Traffic Precinct R18 million later – still not precinct;
  8. Emfuleni Fire Brigade on a go-slow due to wage dispute;
  9. Emfuleni appoints Sedtrade with a contract value of over R150 million with no experience;
  10. The Mayor acknowledged a sum of R30 million lost to fraud. There has been no further attempt to recover the lost funds;

Public Funds Lost to Fraud and Corruption

All of our attempts have fallen on deaf ears from the Provincial Government to the Local Council and we have no other choice but to approach the Public Protector to investigate each and every transaction, interaction and pending investigations that might have been shelved by the municipality.

We will, in support of the Public Protectors investigation provide every piece of evidence, photos, transaction details, names of officials and responses from the MECs and we will work tirelessly to bring about change and once and for all expose the Emfuleni Local Municipality for fraud, corruption, maladministration and poor service delivery.

I will therefore be making this submission to the Public Protector to investigate public funds lost to fraud and corruption the tune of over R400 million.

Residents of Emfuleni now have a choice. They can either choose the status quo of corruption, empty and broken promises, poor service delivery and high unemployment, or they can choose the change that a DA-run local government can bring.

 

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Mayoral Candidate for Emfuleni

060 558 8299

Joburg Budget: Unemployment Is A Scar On Tau’s Record

ANC Election Campaign Speech

The Budget tabled by Johannesburg MayCo Member for Finance Geoffrey Makhubu today failed to address the jobs crisis in Johannesburg.

Instead of an honest assessment of the jobs crisis, we heard a self-congratulatory speech focused on painting the ANC in a positive light.

This was an ANC election campaign speech, not a frank assessment of the challenges our people face.

There was no acknowledgement of the 869 000 unemployed residents in Johannesburg — 66 000 of whom joined the ranks of the unemployed in the first quarter of 2016.

Unemployment is a scar on Mayor Tau’s record. In failing to create jobs, he has failed the people of Johannesburg. History will judge him and the ANC government harshly.

I will create thousands of jobs

On my campaign throughout this great city, I have seen despair winning out over hope.

I have seen unemployed people using the filthiest pit toilets, I have seen raw sewage flowing in the streets and rubbish piled high on the pavements.

I have seen young people addicted to nyaope everywhere I go. With every job lost, we lose another young person to this terrible drug that is destroying families all over the city.

In the last four months, I have uncovered human rights violations in the communities of Zandspruit, Noordgesig, Alexandra, Kwamai-Mai and Kliptown. The Human Rights Commission has agreed to investigate all of these cases.

I am running for Mayor of Johannesburg because I want to create opportunities for young people to get jobs and make a better life for themselves.

By assisting entrepreneurs to start businesses, helping job seekers to find work, cutting wasteful expenditure, and improving service delivery, I will create thousands of jobs to restore the hope of those who have been left behind.

 

Media enquiries:

Nkele Molapo

Media officer

072 041 4842

Tshwane Budget: Msimanga To Set Out Expectations

Tomorrow, Wednesday 25 May 2016, DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga MPL, will brief the media on what Mayor Ramokgopa should announce in the 2016 Budget Speech to get Tshwane working, if he is serious about solving the jobs crisis in Tshwane.

With 517,000 residents of Tshwane without jobs, after the number grew by 40,000 in the first 3 months of the year, Mayor Ramokgopa has no choice but to announce serious interventions to create jobs and grow the Tshwane economy. Based on the draft budget tabled by the Mayor in March, too little is being done by the ANC government of Tshwane to provide hope to hundreds of thousands of jobless in Tshwane.

The briefing will take place as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Time: 10:00

Venue: DA Gauteng North Regional Office

Address: Midcity Square, 501 Jorissen Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria

 

Media enquiries:

Motheo Mtimkulu

Media Manager: Tshwane Mayoral Campaign

083 728 0554

Our Children Deserve To Be Protected From Gang Violence

OR Tambo Secondary School

I extend my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the families of those who were tragically killed in a shootout in front of OR Tambo Secondary School in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, yesterday.

Gang violence has no place in our society. That is why I commit to a safer Ekurhuleni, under a DA government after this year’s election.

The community of Katlehong cannot live in constant fear of their lives, and this tragedy stirs me to action.

Anti-gang Unit

Gang crime can be stopped with a committed anti-gang unit in the Metro Police. With technology that monitors gang activity, we can make out streets safer a place.

The loss of young lives is a tragedy for us, and our Metro should play a more active role in rooting out gangs, criminals and drugs.

 

Media enquiries:

Tanya Heydenrych

Senior Media Officer

073 701 6729

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