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DA-led Tshwane, JHB and NMB pass first adjustment budgets

The DA commends the governments of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, who have today passed their mid-financial-year adjustment budgets. We specifically commend Tshwane for allocating R20 million to new community halls in Hammanskraal, Winterveld and Mabopane, JHB for committing R41 million more to electrify informal settlements left in the dark by the ANC, and…

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Cry the beloved country, grieve the lost generation

Note to editors: The following declaration was delivered by the DA Shadow Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Yusuf Cassim MP, in the National Assembly today. The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) remains exactly what it has been created to be – an employment agency for the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) elite and its…

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JHB Council disrupted by undemocratic ANC thuggery

Today’s disruption of the Johannesburg Council, by members of the ANC and ANC-affiliates, is nothing less than undemocratic thuggery. The ANC in Johannesburg has nothing to offer but chaos and violence, and is undermining the will of the people who voted the ANC out of power in Election 2016. The DA condemns the ANC disruption…

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Esidimeni 100 and counting deserve justice

Note to Editor: The following is a speech delivered by DA Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Wilmot James MP, during Esidimeni debate in Parliament today. Madame Speaker, Let us take a moment to think of the Esidimeni victims and their families who have suffered a terrible and unnecessary loss. Today we must commit to confront…

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Brian Molefe’s swearing in is bad for South Africa

The fact that disgraced former Eskom group chief executive, Brian Molefe, was sworn in as a Member of Parliament today is a major escalation in the civil war within the ruling party and the battle for control of National Treasury, being driven by President Jacob Zuma. We cannot be sure but it will presumably not be long…

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DA calls for a debate of national importance on social grants crisis

The DA has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, to request a debate of national public importance on the impending social grants crisis, following Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s failure to give any clarity in the Portfolio Committee yesterday, as to when they will approach the Constitutional Court about the invalid CPS contract….

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Budget 2017: More to the NHI black hole

Today the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in his budget speech announced that the government would be moving into the next phase of the NHI, by creating a NHI fund. The minister’s proposed funding mechanism is very similar to the financing model at the heart of the Democratic Alliance’s Our Health Plan (OHP). Whilst the…

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Budget 2017: R5 billion is not enough to address real student crisis issues

Today the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in his budget speech announced that there would be an increase to the Higher education budget of an additional R5 billion for 2017/18 to assist poor students. While this R5 billion aligns with current government promises to the recent student funding crisis, it is a short-term solution, and…

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