We work hard every day to improve people's lives

Almost a third of South Africans experience some form of DA governance! In addition to the Western Cape Province, the DA currently governs in 33 municipalities. These include South Africa’s legislative capital, Cape Town and the administrative capital, Tshwane!

"We got clean drinking water...

and a PR councillor helped me apply for an internship, and I am now busy with it."
Chrestinah Maeshi, Modimolle & Mookgophong

Where we Govern Success Stories

Clean audits

received for seven years in a row in DA-led Swartland.

91 000 title deeds

distributed by mid-April in the DA-led Western Cape, giving residents ownership of a home that they can pass on to their children.

First Metro Police Dept.

launched in DA-led NMB with 114 new, fully-trained officers keeping the streets safer for all.


affordable public transport is very popular.

R704 million in the bank

in DA-led Tshwane, a little over a year after inheriting R2 billion in debt from the ANC.

12 000 residents

in DA-led NMB got access to running water and flush toilets for the first time in their lives.

4 417

title deeds delivered in DA-led Tshwane by April, giving residents ownership of a property that can be passed on to their children.

16 215 JOBS

created by DA-led Tshwane through the EPWP, bringing the city ever closer to meeting its 23 000-job-opportunity target in 2017/18.

13 clinics

now have extended hours in DA-led Jozi so that residents can access healthcare in the evenings, on weekends and on public holidays.

117 483 POTHOLES

repaired in DA-led Johannesburg.

Housing within months

and no longer years, in DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay.

Most well-run municipalities are DA

18% less

 traffic light faults affording 55% less downtime in DA- led Jozi.

In the first 100 days

DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay launched the anti-corruption hotline resulting in 38 investigations.

Fastest growing economy in SA: DA-led Western Cape

Highest life expectancy in SA: DA-led Western Cape

Where we Govern

The six pillars of DA governments

Service delivery

DA local governments lead the way in providing quality services to all their residents. We manage government spending well, find innovative solutions to the challenges we face, and make sure that resources go to those that need them most.

Honest government

We are committed to transparent and accountable governance. DA local governments manage public money sensibly and strive to rid the cities and towns we govern of fraud. We have zero tolerance for corruption.


Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of residents gives meaning to freedom. South Africans need to feel safe and be safe in the cities and towns they call home. To do this, we collaborate and innovate to make crime-ridden and deprived communities safer.

Responsive government

A good government is one that is responsive to the needs and concerns of the people it serves. In a DA government, when you speak, we listen. We work with the community to find solutions to the challenges we face and create opportunities.


We are committed to creating communities where our diversity is embraced and celebrated. DA local governments provide residents with safe, reliable and affordable public transport systems so that everyone can benefit from the city and interact in public spaces that reflect our rich heritage.


The ability to work is key to personal dignity.The DA is committed to creating opportunities, like jobs, so that people can improve their lives and provide for their families. To do this we will create a supportive environment where businesses want to invest, grow, and hire more people.

Where we Govern Videos

Change is coming to DA-led metros across South Africa

The DA is bringing change to municipalities across the length and breadth of South Africa.

Do you really know what happens to your rubbish?

DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay cared for all