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Minister Dlamini must attend SASSA briefing in Parliament next week

The DA welcomes the decision by the Portfolio Committee on Social Development to place SASSA’s new social assistance payment tender on the agenda next week, Wednesday, 25 January 2017. This follows the DA’s numerous requests to have Parliament scrutinise the mounting evidence that SASSA is not ready to take-over the distribution of 17 million grants…

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DA demands full briefing by Eskom on electricity crisis

The DA demands that power utility Eskom urgently clarify its plan to recoup the R10.2 billion debt it is owed after Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown, secured a temporary reprieve for defaulting municipalities. The DA is deeply concerned that millions of people across South Africa will be left without the electricity needed for important services,…

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DIRCO Committee Chair abusing Parliamentary resources to attack DA

It is an absolute disgrace that the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Siphosezwe Masango, is seeking to abuse parliamentary processes by manipulating the public participation process on the Foreign Services Bill, merely to attack DA public representatives who have travelled abroad. Mr Masango is abusing his position as the…

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Meeting on electricity crisis cancelled by ANC warped priorities

A vital briefing by Eskom on the electricity cuts to certain municipalities to the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises together with the Select Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, to be held on 26 January 2017, has been cancelled as ANC members would rather attend a Lekgotla. The electricity cuts to municipalities, which are…

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DA to probe corruption at TVET colleges

The Democratic Alliance will be submitting written questions to the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, to ask whether the South African Police Service (SAPS) is currently investigating any cases of corruption at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges across the country. If any investigations are underway, the DA will request that the Minister…

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Gambia crisis: South Africa’s silence condemnable

The DA calls on the South African government to break its silence on the escalating crisis in the Gambia, and issue a strong statement against the dictatorial conduct of Mr Jammeh. The Department of International Relation and Cooperation’s last statement on the crisis was released on 12 January 2017. More than a week later, with…

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Muthambi ignores PAIA on STB irregularities

Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, has ignored my application under the Public Access to Information Act (PAIA) for receipt of the report of the National Treasury enquiry into irregularities in the procurement process for the government-sponsored set-top boxes (STB), or decoders, as part of the Broadcast Digital Migration programme. At a joint meeting of the…

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Nzimande’s empty promises to blame for crisis at TVET campuses

The Democratic Alliance will today write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, Ms Connie September, to request an urgent investigation into the conditions of students at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, including oversight visits to the colleges most affected. TVET students have threatened to shut down…

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Nkoana-Mashabane should summon Gambian ambassador

The DA calls on the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to summon the Gambian ambassador to South Africa over President Jammeh’s attempt to steal the election and remain in power at all costs. Nkoana-Mashabane should make it clear that the South African government and its people are completely opposed to this…

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