In his recent annual update, Premier Alan Winde left everyone with the sense that he and his team are running the Western Cape Government like a successful business operation.
Apart from running the biggest provincial safety plan of its kind in the whole country, there is a laser-like focus on growing the economy, and this includes efforts to free residents from Eskom by challenging its monopoly and introducing green energy sources.
For this progress to continue, we need to keep towns and cities in this province DA.
We are just 40 weeks awayfrom the 2021 election campaign kickoff. If you want to see DA-led progress continue in the Western Cape, please consider making a contribution to our 2021 municipal campaign fund.
With your support, we can invest in getting Premier Winde and the DA’s governance track-record into the hearts and minds of every resident in the province.
The success of this safety plan, the largest of its kind in South Africa’s democratic history, hinges on us consistently having an effective and collaborative relationship with municipalities in the Western Cape, most of which are run by the DA. So, with the 2021 municipal elections coming up, it is vital that we keep these municipalities blue – the long-term safety of our communities relies on it!
Make a contribution to our campaign fund, so that we keep municipalities throughout the Western Cape blue by helping us to keep making progress after the 2021 municipal elections!
“We have an opportunity to rebuild the DA, and I plan to use it.”
Under the leadership of John Steenhuisen, the DA will be a party that has generosity, empathy, and a deep commitment to fighting poverty. We will also fight the belief that only race-based policies can lift South Africans out of poverty.
“There’s no substitution for a growing economy, quality education and quality healthcare to lift people out of poverty” – John Steenhuisen
For South Africa to survive in these trying times, we need a strong DA!
If you stand alongside John Steenhuisen, as he takes the helm of the Official Opposition, then please consider contributing to our campaign to win more municipalities in 2021!
Whilst written objections to the ANC’s disastrous NHI Scheme have closed, public participation hearings are taking place all over South Africa and we are preparing for possible court action.
If you cannot make it to one of these hearings, please consider making a donation.
Your money will go towardsproviding transport to those who want to go to a hearing but cannot afford it. And if the ANC pushes the NHI Scheme through Parliament, despite hundreds of thousands of objections from South Africans like yourself, then we will use the money raised to take this fight to the highest court in the land: the Constitutional Court.
We must do everything in our power to protect the health and wellbeing of our friends and family.
Please donate. We have a long track record of successful court action, but we cannot wage these battles without your support.
During his medium-term budget speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni stated that e-tolls were here to stay, but no less than two days later, Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, and then Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, announced that there had been no final decision on the future of e-tolls.
This tells us one important thing, the Gauteng government is feeling the pressure.
Make a contribution to our campaign fund, as we ramp up to pressure on Premier Makhura to lodge an intergovernmental dispute on e-tolls.
The Northern Cape is facing the worst drought in the region for nearly a century, and the R30 million government has availed, is less than 5% of the minimum R612 million needed to alleviate the effects of this horrific five-year drought.
You can help us put even more pressure on the ANC government.
The money is
available. The ANC government spends R613
million on VIP protection for Cabinet members every single year.
It’s time for them to get their priorities straight. People’s lives are at stake!
We’ve created a fund that allows you to join hands with us in the campaign to forcegovernment to free up more money for drought-relief.
Every donation is
an investment that results in added pressure, and we’ve already seen results!
The future of the Northern Cape is in our hands. Let’s not
let this slip through our fingers, like the sand slips through the hands of so
many farmers in the Northern Cape.
“If we want to build a modern, resilient country that is able to adapt to the challenges of our fast-changing world, then we have to make sure we remain future-focused!”
– DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane
Here are five ways that DA governments, across the length and breadth of South Africa, are meeting the challenges of the 21st-century head-on:
Africa’s first plastic road in Kouga:
In the small town of Jeffrey’s Bay in the beautiful Eastern Cape, the DA-run municipality of Kouga has officially started work on Africa’s first-ever plastic road.
“Non-recyclable plastic waste, which ends up in the ocean or clogging up landfill sites, is processed into pellets and used to replace a large component of the bitumen in a conventional asphalt mix.”
– Vicky Knoetze, DA Eastern Cape MPL
Water is the number one cause of potholes on regular roads. The plastic road is therefore said to be stronger and more durable, as it is more difficult for water to penetrate the surface.
Green innovation in the City of Johannesburg:
The DA-led City of Johannesburg’s Housing Department recently won a Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award at the United Nations 14th Annual Session of the Global Forum on Human Settlements.
The award was won for the City’s South Hills mixed-income housing development, a housing development praised as a “global green model community“.
The South Hills development will yield 6 204 units, with 408 already completed.
South Africa’s first housing app in Stellenbosch:
The DA-run Stellenbosch Municipality recently launched a housing app to increase accessibility and access to the housing database for all residents.
The app is not only a first for Stellenbosch but is one of the first-ever municipal applications in South Africa.
There are currently over 16 300 applicants currently registered on Stellenbosch’s housing database, but the information of many applicants is incomplete or out-dated. The app will allow residents to update their information, and create a secure profile that can be used to complete an application.
“Our new housing app and the implementation of our housing demand database will allow us to keep accurate records and plan according to the needs of our residents.”
– Stellenbosch Mayor, Gesie van Deventer
A future-focused school in rural Worcester:
Thanks to a partnership between the DA-run Western Cape government and private donors, a state-of-the-art, world-class primary school has officially opened in rural Worcester.
Botha’s Halte Primary places an emphasis on e-learning, demonstrating how 21st-century technology can be used to reach and contribute to quality education in rural and outlying areas of South Africa.
Digital technology is changing the way learners are educated. The school has already become an educational hub for the district and, through digital teaching, seamlessly links with other teaching institutions such as the University of Stellenbosch.
Waste to energy in the City of Cape Town:
For the last 18 months, the DA-run City of Cape Town has embarked on an innovative project to tackle harmful methane emissions from Cape Town’s landfills.
By safely trapping methane gas pockets produced by decaying rubbish in landfills and then burning the gas, the City of Cape Town is eliminating harmful greenhouse gasses.
The innovation, however, doesn’t stop there. The City will now embark on phase two of the project which will see the harmful methane gas used as a heating fuel in industry, to generate electricity or as a fuel for vehicles.
This initiative will be a useful case study for all other local governments across South Africa, with other DA governments, in particular, focused on fighting greenhouse emissions.