Venterpost Library: Residents have lost all faith in MEC Mazibuko

The Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) MEC, Faith Mazibuko has yet again failed the residents of Venterpost in Randfontein as their library is still closed and awaiting renovations.

This despite MEC Mazibuko declaring that the Venterpost Library will be reopened in October 2017, according to the written replies to the DA’s questions in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.

The residents are frustrated and tired of the MEC’s empty promises. MEC Mazibuko failed the 2017 matriculants of this area as they were desperate to utilise this facility for research and revision in preparation for their final year matric examinations.

This is the only library in Venterpost, with the next closest library being Westonaria Public Library which is 10 km away and not on a taxi route. We will not accept her department’s incompetency and the impact this will have this year’s matric class.

This library was officially opened on 28 October 2014 and then closed on 13 March 2017 for renovations; since then the MEC has been making empty promises on when it will be re-opened.

This much-needed facility was closed due to shoddy workmanship; the roof, floors and the books shelves were not built properly.

This department lacks good leadership and a political will to monitor and manage its projects. MEC Mazibuko is for all intents and purposes absent from her duties as the political head of department only to pop up when she’s given a national platform in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

It is high time that she be reminded that the clock is ticking and her term of office is coming to an end. Come 2019 the DA will be leading Gauteng and we will ensure that all libraries are equipped with necessary resources and are delivered to the communities timeously.

The DA will hold MEC Mazibuko accountable to ensure that the Venterspost Library is properly fixed and re-opened as a matter of urgency.

Police Minister Wastes Public Funds By Dodging Budget Meeting

National Council of Provinces – NCOP

After a week of blatant disrespect for the Constitution and citizens of South Africa, Police Minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko, continued to perpetuate the ANC’s contemptuous behaviour by not attending the Police budget vote discussion with the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in Parliament.

The Budget presentation is the most important discussion that affects every departments planning for the new financial year. A well planned and approved budget is critical for the Police to effectively fight the war on crime.

Despite its importance, Minister Nhleko did not even bother to send an apology or instruct the Deputy Minister or the Chief Commissioner of Police to represent him.

Critical departments like detective services and specialised units such as child protection, family violence and sexual offence units, which address different needs in communities will now not be able to function optimally due to the Ministers failure to oversee the budget.

Public funds were wasted on hosting 12 Generals from across the country who flew to Parliament to attend the briefing which was cancelled due to the Ministers no-show. It also wasted the Generals’ time, which could have been put to better use.

Once again, this is evidence of the total disrespect ANC Ministers have towards carrying out their executive functions and their disregard for the institution of Parliament.

Minister Nhleko should personally reimburse the public purse for the money that was lost due to his neglect.

Citizens of South Africa have a chance to show their dissatisfaction by voting for a party with a proven track record like the DA, as where it governs in 27 Municipalities it does so with transparency and accountability.

 

Media enquiries:

Bronwyn Engelbrecht MP

DA Member in the NCOP 

082 376 1022

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Gauteng Legislature Prevents DA From Participating in NCOP Debates

NCOP Provincial Week

The Office of the Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature is deliberately attempting to prevent DA delegates from participating in debates at the National Council of Provinces.

On 30 July, NCOP Chairperson Thandi Modise invited provincial delegates to attend NCOP plenaries on 4 and 6 August, and to participate in debates on International Mandela Day and the Reports of the NCOP Provincial Week.

Click here to view the letter.

However, the invitation was only sent to the DA on Sunday morning, and came to the attention of our personnel this morning.

Deliberate Sabotage

The DA has already written to the Deputy Speaker, Mr Uhuru Moiloa and expressed our protest over what we believe is a deliberate attempt at sabotaging the DA’s participation in debates of much consequence.

Two weeks ago NCOP delegates were taken on a sanitised tour of the West Rand to inspect service delivery projects that had little to do with its mandate of advancing the developmental agenda of municipalities.

Had it not been for the DA’s efforts to add more site visits to the programme, delegates would have seen very little evidence of municipalities on the brink of collapse.

Shutting Down Opposition Parties

The DA has long held the view that a great divide exists between the ANC of today and what it was during the presidency of Nelson Mandela.

The repeated attacks on the judiciary, the media and the Public Protector, as well as the state capture of institutions to protect the President at all costs are clear signs that the ANC will do anything and everything to strengthen its grip on power.

Shutting down opposition parties from carrying out their constitutional mandate of oversight and robust debate, is further testimony of this hegemonic behaviour.

 

Media enquiries:

Mike Moriarty MPL

DA Chief Whip in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature

082 492 4410

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NCOP Week Day 2: DA Gauteng to Carry Out Alternative Oversight Visits

Tomorrow, 23 July 2015, DA Gauteng Members of Parliament, DA Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, DA West Rand councillors, activists and volunteers will carry out oversight visits to municipal service delivery crisis points in the Randfontein and Westonaria local municipalities.

These visits are in response to the refusal of the National Council of Provinces to visit sites where municipalities experience severe service delivery capacity shortcomings.

 

Randfontein

Date: 23 July 2015

Time: 08:00

Venue: Droogheuwel water tower, Randgate, Lazaar extension

Contact: Cllr Alwyn van Tonder – 082 593 0313

 

 

Westonaria

Date: 23 July 2015

Time: 08:50

Venue: Donaldson Dam near Mohlakeng followed by a visit to the cattle breeding project nearby.

Contact: Cllr Piet de Jager – 083 627 5105

 

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

 

Media enquiries:

Jacques Julius MP

DA Gauteng Member of the NCOP

083 420 1309

 

Evert du Plessis

DA Gauteng West Rand Regional Chairperson

082 870 2768

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NCOP week: DA Gauteng to carry out alternative oversight visits

This morning, 22 July 2015, DA Gauteng Members of Parliament, DA Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, DA West Rand councillors, activists and volunteers will carry out oversight visits to municipal service delivery crisis points in the Merafong and Mogale City local municipalities.

These visits are in response to the refusal of the National Council of Provinces to visit sites where municipalities experience severe service delivery capacity shortcomings.

 

Mogale City

Date: 22 July 2015

Time: 08:00

Venue: Katlego cultural facility, Kromdraai

Contact: Dennis Pretorius – 083 679 8541

 

 

Merafong

Date: 22 July 2015

Time: 08:30

Venue: Sinkhole along the R500 near the 007 Restaurant, Carletonville. Followed by a visit to the Khutsong water reservoir.

Contact: Ina Cilliers MPL – 060 556 4344

 

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

 

Media enquiries:

Jacques Julius MP

DA Gauteng Member of the NCOP

083 420 1309