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Based on carefully costed and mutually reinforcing policies that set out practical steps to attain our vision, this manifesto is our blueprint for a winning nation. It is the compass by which we must steer, to become one nation with one future.
THE DA’s BLUEPRINT FOR SOUTH AFRICA
A safe, secure and corruption free South Africa
- Increase the number of police from 190 000 to 250 000, and ensure that they are fit and properly trained.
- Reinstate specialised units to deal with specific types of crime, such as the Scorpions and the Commandos,to allow expertise to be pooled and certain crimes to be prioritised.
- Create a Directorate for Victims of Crime, which will administer a Victims of Crime fund, run a national victim support training centre and administer a toll-free helpline for victims.
- Ensure that all able-bodied prisoners work, both to equip them with skills they can use outside prison and to allow them to partly atone for their crimes.
- Bring back the Scorpions
Creating jobs, fighting poverty
- Create jobs by reducing the corporate tax rate to 27% and creating export processing zones to attract labour intensive industries.
- Give young South Africans who meet certain conditions an opportunity voucher, which will allow them to subsidise study costs or start a business.
- Make an Income Support and Unemployment Grant of R110 per month available to all South Africans earning below R46 000 a year who do not receive another state grant.
- Allow any South African aged between 16 and 24 to perform a year-long voluntary community service in a school, hospital,municipal office, the SAPS or SANDF.
- Encourage employers to take on young workers through learnership programmes and wage subsidies.
Education that works
- Give control of their classrooms back to teachers with a range of measures, including stronger support for the right to expel disruptive learners and dedicated remedial schools for disruptive learners.
- Ask all teachers to write standardised knowledge assessments in the subjects they teach, and we make pay increases and promotions dependent on the results.
- Institute a nation-wide bursary voucher programme aimed at giving the most academically promising 250 000 children from low income families the opportunity to receive a better school education.
- Increase the number of teachers by reopening teacher training campuses and reinstituting teacher bursaries.
- Introduce a universal per-child preschool state subsidy for early childhood
- Ensure that every hospital and clinic is managed by a person with the training and qualifications to run it successfully.
- Make public hospitals subject to strict standards and rigorous performance
- requirements, similar to those currently expected of private hospitals.
- Increase the number of doctors and nurses by removing restrictions that have been placed on training doctors and nurses in the private sector.
- Make it possible for patients to collect medicines from any accredited pharmacy where they live, so that they do not have to spend hours traveling to a state hospital.
- Boost our Aids prevention programme by creating a deputy ministry of HIV/ Aids, by involving all public representatives in promoting Aids awareness, and by integrating faith-based organisations into the prevention campaign.