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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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Budget 2017: Executive protects itself over the victims of crime

Today the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in his budget speech announced that there would be an increase in VIP protection services of R 131.8 million. The DA firmly believes that this expenditure is wrongly prioritised and should instead have been directed to vital crime fighting efforts, such as much needed specialised units. Increasingly the…

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Budget 2017: A budget to hamper service delivery

Today the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in his budget speech announced a baseline reduction in conditional grants to provinces and local municipalities of R2 billion in 2017/18 and a total reduction of R6.4 billion over the next three years. The DA is opposed to this decrease in funding as we believe that it could…

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We need a Spending Review to give hope to the ‘lost generation’, including millions of young people who do not have jobs in SA

The Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, had very little political space and even less fiscal space in which to manoeuvre when he tabled the main budget today in Parliament. The fact is that, because of a failure to implement structural reforms to boost economic growth, economic growth has stagnated, with the projected economic growth rate…

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Crime statistics: Murders on the increase

Crime statistics released today show that, nationally, there have been 116 more murders between the first half of 2015/16 and 2016/17. There have also been an alarming 14 113 more drug-related crimes, 1 053 more car jackings and 691 more stock theft cases. The DA will call for Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, to come to…

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DA audio advisory ahead of Main Budget 2017 for use by broadcast media

Note to editors: The following audio clips, available in English, Zulu, and Afrikaans, were made by DA Shadow Minister of Finance, David Maynier MP, and DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Finance, Alf Lees MP, and DA Spokesperson on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, David Ross MP, before they went into the Budget 2017 lockup…

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ICC judgement: ANC government must rethink the wisdom of ICC withdrawal

The DA welcomes the judgement handed down this morning by the North Gauteng High Court confirming that the ANC-led government’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was unconstitutional, irrational and procedurally flawed. This is a victory for the rule of law the and indeed for our country’s human rights-based foreign policy which Zuma and…

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A state against the nation

Note to editors: The following speech was delivered by the DA’s Shadow Minister of Energy, Gordon Mackay MP, during the DA’s debate on the ‘Lost Generation’, the millions of young people who are not employed, in education or training, in the National Assembly this afternoon. Ngiyabbonga Sihlalo, In turbulent times it is affirming to remember…

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