DA Tshwane Mayoral Candidate unveils vision for Tshwane

The City of Tshwane and South Africa are facing new challenges that have never been experienced before, and we are now operating within a changed landscape.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is ready to serve the people of Tshwane during this difficult time.

Today, the DA’s Tshwane Mayoral Candidate, Randall Williams, launched his vision for the City of Tshwane to become a responsive and transparent city that delivers to residents.

This requires a special response, and in line with this demand we have developed a plan that will prioritise the following focus areas:

  • A Covid-19 Plan to contain the spread through increased levels of testing, public education and treatment where necessary;
  • Service Delivery driven by the real needs of the residents as identified by the residents;
  • Transparency and Regular Communication on all key aspects of city services;
  • Speed, agility and resilience will be the driving principles as the city responds to key issues post Covid-19;
  • Zero tolerance for city funds stolen or misspent, either through corruption or mismanagement. Strict consequence management and criminal action.

Over the next 15 months the DA will work tirelessly on bringing the vision to life based on these 5 key principles.

Through a stringent Covid-19 plan in place, we will demonstrate leadership in containing the spread of Covid-19, prioritise health and social development and source relevant protective equipment and training.

We will capacitate clinics to expand testing and treatment for residents and increase funding to support vulnerable groups and non-governmental organisations providing social relief.

We will restructure our budgeting systems to introduce better grants to support vulnerable communities as we continue to build a city that is resilient during this crisis.

I have prepared a plan that will build on past successes and ensure full delivery of services. The following items are but a few issues covered in this plan:

The DA will set new targets that 90% of all streetlights in Tshwane are lit at all times and ensure a faster turnaround time in relation to complaints from residents pertaining to water and electricity outages, pothole repairs, finance queries and malfunctioning traffic lights.

The provision of water and electricity will be prioritised and we will on a weekly basis track updates on the status of service delivery projects in the city through a mayoral dashboard.

We intend to expand our safety offering to residents by introducing a dedicated inner city patrol unit, increase the number of operations to counter cable theft and illegal dumping, have focused crime prevention strategies to combat the scourge of drugs and ensure speedy prosecutions at municipal courts.

We will regularly assess the Covid-19 impact on the city’s finances and seek a rates relief to residents during the lockdown period and expand the indigent register to facilitate a basket of basic services to residents who are at risk and vulnerable communities.

We will blacklist service providers who steal from the city and ensure strict consequence management in cases where fruitless and wasteful expenditure or corruption is identified.

Through this vision, we will work hard to maintain the trust of residents. Trust is a core priority and today’s vision aims to ensure that Tshwane is in the forefront of delivering quality services to its residents.

The DA has a sound judgment in place from a full bench of the High Court and we will go to great lengths to enforce it. It is important that as a council we encourage all parties to remember why they were elected and to put the residents first.

To do this we will reach out to all political parties and try to initiate terms of reference where we can cooperate while governing.

Among these will be a leadership forum where party leaders and whips will be consulted to ensure that we roll out the best possible plans to improve the lives of our residents.

It is time to put politics aside and think about the critical issues faced by our communities, and ensure that they get the best benefits the city has to offer.

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

ANC MUST EXPLAIN WHY ONLY 59 OUT OF 150 INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS HAVE BEEN FORMALISED

In 2013, outgoing Mayor Ramokgopa promised in his State of the City Address that “The total eradication of informal settlements remains an important goal of our work during the current term of office. Our citizens deserve places of residence that are fully serviced with title deeds.

And just yesterday, Thoko Didiza, the ANC’s lame duck mayoral candidate, reiterated this promise saying that replacing informal settlements is a priority for the party.

But truth is that since 2013, the number of informal settlements has only grown under the ANC. The ANC must explain their broken promises to formalise informal settlements.

According to City of Tshwane’s 2014-2105 Annual Report, only 59 of the 150 informal settlements identified in 2013 by the City’s “flagship” housing programme, Re Aga Tshwane, have been formalised. This is a mere 39% of the set target.

Since 2013, the number of informal settlements in Tshwane has in fact increased to 178. Among these informal settlements is Plastic view which recently burnt, killing five people and displacing roughly 1 500 residents.

Many informal settlements in Tshwane are without access to basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation.

According to the General Household Survey, Tshwane has the lowest percentage of households with access to a basic sanitation facility at 82% in comparison to 91.4% in Cape Town.

In 2015, Sputla yet again said the City would “accelerate the formalisation process through the Re Aga Tshwane programme”. But just like the rest of his promises, this pledge too lies broken and shattered.

Sputla was correct in saying that the people of the Capital deserve houses with title deeds. But the ANC government in Tshwane has failed to deliver.

Handing over title deeds is about more than giving people ownership of their homes; it is about expanding access to opportunity.

Title deeds allow people to be owners of their property, to have access to equity, to be part of this society and to prosper. Title deeds give people access to opportunity and to ability to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Earlier this week the DA revealed that corruption and financial mismanagement in the Capital has cost its residents the equivalent of 32,153 RDP houses, while the housing backlog in Tshwane stood at over 120,000 according to the 2014/15 Gauteng Department of Human Settlement’s Annual Performance Plan.

For too long the people of the Capital have been let down by broken ANC promises.

The DA have committed to working hard to ensure that the delivery of title deeds in municipalities we govern is sped up so that more South Africans can own the properties where they live.

Where the DA governs, we are committed to ensuring the fair allocation of housing opportunities, and vitally, coupled with the issuance of title deeds.

In the past three years, the DA-run City of Cape Town has given 15 000 title deeds to make the poor the real owners of their own homes. This is more than any other metro in the country.

This is the change that only the DA can deliver, handing over title deeds as well as greater transparency and accountability in the awarding of RDP. This has been proved in the municipalities we govern.

This is the DA difference; this is the change the DA wants to bring to Tshwane in order to see it move forward again.

Together, on 3 August, we can bring change to Tshwane.

 

Media enquiries:

Motheo Mtimkulu

Media Manager: Tshwane Mayoral Campaign

083 728 0554

DA To Reveal Dire State Of Rooiwal Water Treatment Works

Today, 15 July 2016, DA Tshwane Mayoral Candidate, Solly Msimanga, the DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Leon Basson MP, and DA Member in the NCOP, Bronwynn Engelbrecht MP, will revisit the Rooiwal Water Treatment Works in Hammanskraal as it continues to deteriorate, placing the community at risk.

It has now been a year since the DA first visited the plant on 10 July 2015, and the condition of the plant has gone from bad to worse to completely non-functional. Sewage sludge build up has continued to flow into the Apies River which feeds the Themba Dam that provides Hammanskraal with drinking water.

It is obvious that the facility, meant to treat water so that is safe for human consumption, is not functioning and is putting the health of the people of Hammanskraal in danger.

While the people of Hammanskraal are in danger, however, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, either does not care to find out what is actually going on or is willfully misleading Parliament and the people of South Africa.

In reply to a Parliamentary question earlier this year on the functioning of the facility, the Minister stated that “the plant is appropriately maintained” and that “there is no sewage overflow from Rooiwal.

The Rooiwal plant is a prime example of how the ANC in Tshwane has failed the people and put their health at risk.

The events will take place as follows:

Event: Oversight at Rooiwal Water Treatment Works

Date: 15 July 2016

Time: 10h30

Location: Rooiwal Waste Water Works

GPS co-ordinates: 25°33’26.0″S 28°13’39.0″E

There will be photo and interview opportunities.

 

Media Enquiries:

Motheo Mtimkulu

Media Manager: Tshwane Mayoral Campaign

083 728 0554

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Msimanga And De Lille To Take DA’s Message Of Change To The People Of Tshwane

Tomorrow, 14 July 2016, DA Tshwane Mayoral Candidate, Solly Msimanga, will be joined by the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, in Tshwane as they continue to share the DA’s Manifesto for Change with the People of the Capital.

The manifesto is our plan to move the City forward again. With 517,000 residents of Tshwane without jobs, and thousands suffering without basic services, the City needs an honest and responsive government that will enable Tshwane to realise its full potential that has been squandered under the ANC.

Msimanga and De Lille will hold public meetings where they will outline how the DA is the only party that is capable of eradicating corruption, creating jobs and delivering better services.

The events will take place as follows:

Date: 14 July 2016

Event: Public Meeting

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Address: 23 Mias Bouwer Street, Hermanstad

 

Event: Blue Blitz

Time: 16:00 – 17:00

Venue: Sammy Marks Square

Address: Sisulu & Madiba Street, Pretoria, 0159

 

Event: Public Meeting

Time: 18:00 to 19:30

Venue: Eersterust Civic Centre

Address: 282 Hans Coverdale Road West, Pretoria

There will be photo and interview opportunities.

 

 

Media Enquiries:

Motheo Mtimkulu

Media Manager: Tshwane Mayoral Campaign

083 728 0554

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

Msimanga To Share His Vision For Tshwane

Tomorrow, Tuesday 21 June, DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, will return to his childhood home in Atteridgeville to share his personal vision for a renewed City of Tshwane.

President Zuma and Luthuli House have deployed an outsider, Thoko Didiza, to run for Mayor in an attempt to restore some credibility in the Tshwane ANC.

In contrast to Didiza, Msimanga is a son of Tshwane with a passion to serve its residents and make it great again.

As Msimanga embarks on the last leg of his journey to bring change to the Capital, he will set out his plans as the Mayor of Tshwane and what he would like to accomplish during his first term in office.

The event will take place as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Time: 11:00

Venue: Taxi Rank TR173, Maunde Street, Pretoria

GPS Coordinates: 25°47’07.6″S 28°02’37.9″E

 

Media enquiries:

Motheo Mtimkulu

Media Manager: Tshwane Mayoral Campaign

083 728 0554

Tshwane Budget: Msimanga To Set Out Expectations

Today, 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

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