SA Today: Looking at the Middle East through the Lens of Gandhi

Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance
27 July 2014

 Last Sunday, the arrival of another cold front tempted me to stay in bed, nurse my flu, and send apologies to the organisers of an event at Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral.

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DA congratulates Kallis on a successful cricketing career
30 July 2014 | Press Releases
Solomon Malatsi, Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation

 The DA congratulates South Africa’s cricketing legend, Jacques Kallis, on an illustrious international career.

Minister Motshekga fails thousands of technical school learners
30 July 2014 | Press Releases
Annette Lovemore, Shadow Minister of Basic Education

 A reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed that the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, is nowhere closer to meeting her January 2015 deadline to implement the revised curriculum in technical schools.

Drastic increase in irregular and wasteful expenditure cause for concern
30 July 2014 | Press Releases
Kevin Mileham, Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

The DA is deeply concerned with the dramatic increase in irregular, wasteful, fruitless and unauthorised expenditure by ANC municipalities in the latest findings of the audit outcomes of local government as reflected in the MFMA 2012-13 report, released today. 

Small businesses must be protected from big unions
30 July 2014 | Press Releases
Toby Chance, Shadow Minister of Small Business Development

The DA will write to the Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, requesting she advocate for the exclusion of small and medium business enterprises from collective bargaining agreements which they are not signatories to through amendments to the Labour Relations Amendment Act. 

Employment Equity Amendment Act proclamation is premature
30 July 2014 | Press Releases
Ian Ollis, Shadow Minister of Labour

A recent proclamation from the Presidency reveals that the provisions of the Employment Equity Amendment Act are set to come into operation as of 1 August this year.

DA welcomes decision to summon Minister Davies over corporate visa applications
30 July 2014 | Press Releases
Dean Macphearson, Shadow Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry

The DA welcomes the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, Ms Joanmariae Fubbs’ decision to accept the DA’s request to summon the Minster of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, to Parliament so as to account for the reasons behind the limitations placed on corporate visa applications in relation to various business undertakings.

Mandela’s reconciliation must live on
29 July 2014 | Speeches
Mmusi Maimane, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance

 Note to Editors: This speech was delivered, in the National Assembly, by DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane MP during the debate on the significance of Mandela Day.

President Zuma must address unemployment crisis
29 July 2014 | Press Releases
Dion George, Shadow Minister of Finance

 It is high time that President Jacob Zuma address the growing unemployment crisis directly. 

Ethics Committee must investigate Executive members’ business interests
29 July 2014 | Press Releases
Anchen Dreyer, Chairperson of Caucus

 The DA will request that the Parliamentary Ethics Committee investigate the business interests of 15 cabinet ministers who are reported to continue to have business interests; so as to determine whether there is any conflict of interest, and specifically that none of these businesses are tendering with the state.

DA welcomes the withdrawal of Certificate of Need
29 July 2014 | Press Releases
Wilmot James, Shadow Minister of Health

 The DA welcomes a reported decision by the Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, to do away with the Certificate of Need.