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Higher Education budget: another stop-gap measure

Just as was the case a year ago, the Minister of Finance has put forward a short-term financial solution to the fees crisis in Universities. In effect he has added NEW funding of R1.45bn to the 2016 budget and R5bn to the 2017 allocation. Of this R2.6bn goes to cover the so called “no fee…

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MTBPS 2016 a blow for the 8.9 million unemployed in SA

The Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, committed to moving the economy in the direction of hope, confidence and a better future for all during his budget speech on 24 February 2016 in Parliament. However, it is disappointing that despite “calling for decisive action” the minister did not announce any concrete progress on providing policy certainty…

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The money for universities is there, if you’re willing to look

Note to Editors: The following remarks were delivered by the DA Leader outside the Parliamentary Precinct during a DA march under the banner of #FundOurUniversities. The Leader was joined by DA Federal and DASO Leadership. My fellow South Africans Watching our campuses burn has been one of the hardest things we’ve had to deal with…

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Jiba and Mrwebi suspension a victor

The DA welcomes the Presidents’ notice of intention to suspend Deputy NDPP, Nomgcobo Jiba, and head of the NPA’s commercial crime unit, Lawrence Mrwebi, pending an inquiry into their fitness to hold office. Although overdue, this intention bodes well for ridding the NPA of those who wish to compromise our nation’s prosecutorial integrity. In September…

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#FundOurUniversities: DA to peacefully march to Parliament to demand action by Zuma’s government

The DA will tomorrow march peacefully to Parliament to demand that President Jacob Zuma’s government provide more funding to higher education. Our nation faces a serious crisis. The illegal and violent action of a few have forced campus shut-downs, while not enough funding exists to support poor students and the “missing middle”. Chronic under-funding and…

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Where will President Zuma and his army of deplorables send their children to study once our Universities are ruined?

The following speech was delivered by the DA’s Shadow Minister of Higher Education, Prof Belinda Bozzoli MP, in the National Assembly during the debate on the current Higher Education crisis.  Throughout this crisis, the DA has been steady in its approach: We believe that no poor person should be denied an education because they cannot…

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DA to grill Zuma on his war with Gordhan in the NCOP tomorrow

On Tuesday, 25 October, the DA will grill President Jacob Zuma in the National Council of Provinces when he appears to answer oral questions. The DA will use the opportunity to interrogate the president over what seems to be the politically-motivated persecution of Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and the disastrous consequences thereof on economic stability….

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ICC: DA files papers with ConCourt

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has today filed its founding affidavit for direct access to the Constitutional Court, in order to challenge the constitutionality of the South African Government’s notice to initiate the process of withdrawing from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The South African Government delivered the notice of withdrawal without…

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