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DA welcomes ceasefire in Israel-Hamas conflict

The DA welcomes the ceasefire achieved in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. We hope that this will be the first step in the negotiation of a lasting peace built on a sustainable two-state solution. We believe that through sensible discussion and transcendent leadership, this tragic conflict can be ended permanently.

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Manufacturing sector continues haemorrhaging jobs

Today, manufacturing sector advocacy group, Manufacturing Circle, revealed that 59000 jobs have been lost in the manufacturing sector in the second quarter of the year. This follows the release of economic data indicating manufacturing industry shrank by -0,3 percentage within the second quarter. Manufacturing Circle represents 36 major industry players within the manufacturing sector. Since…

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PSC must investigate endless suspension at the Labour department

In a reply to a DA parliamentary question the Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, confirms that the Ministry’s Chief Director of Legal Services, Advocate N. Pasha, has been under suspension for the past three years – at the expense of the taxpayer. The Minister’s reply sheds no light on what charges Advocate Pasha faces, nor…

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Confidence in the economy requires confidence in Parliament

Note to Editors: The following speech was delivered today in Parliament by the DA Parliamentary Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP. Madam Speaker, I move the first member’s statement on today’s Order Paper: “That this House debates the downgrade of South Africa’s credit rating, negative outlook assigned by Fitch, and the first quarter contraction in South Africa’s…

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SA economy stuck in first gear

The DA urges the Minister of Finance, Nhlahla Nene, as the head of the economics cluster, to engage in urgent and concerted efforts to turn the economy around through the National Development Plan. This follows StatsSA’s announcement of feeble second quarter GDP growth of 0,6% – narrowly avoiding a technical recession. The recent announcement means…

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Parliament must tell the Executive to back off

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is gravely concerned at the implication of the statement released today by the Joint Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster, which appears to violate the most basic principle of separation of powers – enshrined in our Constitution. As such, I will be requesting an urgent meeting of Parliament’s highest decision-making body,…

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