Transparency in water quality in Ethekwini

Residents in Ethekwini have been given fair reason to doubt the cleanliness of water provided by the Municipality since the April floods, with some evidence indicating that the quality of drinking water in some areas may have led to someone’s death. Some communities still go for days without access to any water, with delayed, inaccurate, or non-existent tanker distribution schedules. Tourism is taking a knock with constant closure of major beaches due to high E-Coli counts.

Residents have a right to know when they will be getting water, and what the quality of that water is! The DA is calling on the municipality to publish on an easily accessible page on their website, daily, the results of all water testing done, as well as the distribution schedules for all tankers in the Metropolitan. We want transparency!

Sign our petition, and insist on getting access to regular and accurate information that is essential to life.

Food prices are out of control!

Dear Minister Godongwana,

We who have signed this letter, urge you to use your Medium Term Budget on 26 October to make fundamental food price interventions, and to use the budget tools you have to protect South Africans from out of control rising food prices.

The DA calls on you to act urgently to reduce the cost of living and the cost of food. Our plan of five urgent policy proposals would bring immediate relief to starving South Africans.

We demand that National Government:

  1. Cut fuel taxes and levies to decrease the cost of transporting food
  2. Reallocate the R50 million food aid for Cuba to feed hungry people at home
  3. Scrap VAT on the food items most commonly purchased by the poorest households by reviewing and expanding the zero-rated food baskets
  4. Review and reduce import tariffs on foods consumed by low-income households
  5. Provide private title to all land reform beneficiaries to increase food supply and security while reducing prices

The hunger crisis is urgent and yet the ANC government has to date done little to nothing about it. Either you don’t care, or you have no solutions.

South Africans deserve a government that cares about them.

The social cost of ignoring this crisis will far outweigh the cost of intervening to bring relief.

The DA will not let up until this hunger crisis is addressed. The DA does care, and we do have solutions.

The Democratic Alliance

We demand water in Polokwane now!

Some areas in Polokwane have been without any water for 3 weeks.

The Polokwane Municipality and Lepelle Northern Water have continually infringed upon residents of Polokwane’s Constitutional right to water.

The DA demands that water be restored to ALL users within the Municipality.

Enough is enough!

Say NO to Gender-Based-Violence!

Dubbed the “murder capital” of the country and also in the top 10 for rape and sexual offences, the Umlazi SAPS has done little to nothing to address these crimes, as the numbers continue to increase year-on-year.

At the receiving end, are the most vulnerable in our communities, our women .

It is high time that the police address these heinous crimes against our WOMEN and create safer communities!

We are saying NO to Gender-Based Violence, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Operation INK clean up

Communities in Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu are drowning in dirt due to the municipality’s failure to enforce illegal dumping by-laws.

We are calling on the eThekwini municipality to:

  • Provide skips in spots where there are high levels of dumping.
  • Enforce the illegal dumping by-laws
  • Promote the turning of dumping sites into gardens.

Keep our communities clean and safe!

End the N2 chaos now!!!

The April floods devastated many parts of eThekwini including a number of major roads. The N2 was not spared. Two major sinkholes appeared in Toti and near Umgababa.

Over 100 days later, absolutely NOTHING has been done by this government to get these roads working properly again.

 All questions to SANRAL and the Department of Transport have fallen on deaf ears.

 The DA will drive this issue relentlessly on your behalf in the media and in Parliament but we need your help!

Petition to Investigate Tembisa Hospital’s fishy payments NOW!

An investigation by News24 shows that shortly before she was murdered, corruption whistle blower Babita Deokaran flagged a flood of payments by Tembisa Hospital to fishy companies, including three companies headed by ANC big wig Sello Sekhokho, who is currently Treasurer-General of the ANC’s Ekurhuleni region.

Sign this petition demanding that the Gauteng Department of Health:

  1. Urgently suspends the Department’s CFO Lerato Madyo for allegedly authorising fishy payments by Tembisa Hospital.
  2. Conducts a forensic investigation into this massive scandal that involves more than R100 million for grossly overpriced medical supplies.
  3. Answers DA questions in the Gauteng Legislature concerning the apparent cover-up of the Tembisa Hospital payments.

Petition to #ScrapNYDA Now!

It is our view that the NYDA should be leading the charge in ensuring that the education sector responds to the economic demands and opportunities that will await prospective job-seekers.

It should be engaging stakeholders from the education sector and the private sector to address the need for “a soft landing” post education and training.

Instead, the NYDA has continued with baseless excursions with their friends abroad at the expense of taxpayers.

Sign this petition demanding that Parliament:

  1. Scraps the NYDA and establishes Youth Works Opportunity Centres across the country, to service work-seekers and small businesses.
  2. Allocates funds towards the establishment of Youth Economic Zones for trading, to revive the industrial and manufacturing sector.
  3. Establishes Innovation Hubs, to service new markets in metropole areas for creatives in the Arts and Culture sector.
  4. Establishes a one-stop-shop, to cut red tape in the formalisation of small and emerging businesses by young people.
  5. Makes drastic policy shifts, to include incentives for employers and the adoption of the Youth Wage Subsidy as a government policy.

Let’s fight drug abuse in Madibeng

Alcohol and drug abuse among the Youth is on the rise. Let’s step up and take action by signing this petition. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.

We demand that:

  1. The Madibeng Local Municipality, together with the North West Departments of Health and Social Services, work with schools, on outreach programmes, to create awareness of drug abuse, its impact on young lives and their families, as well as assist with rehabilitation of victims of drug abuse; and,  
  2. The SAPS to increase its efforts to identify and arrest drug dealers in Madibeng and to ensure increased safety in and around schools.

For more information contact Cllr Ronelle Gous at 071 641 0181

Give Emfuleni its power back!

For three years, some Emfuleni residents, in the ANC-led Emfuleni Municipality, have been without electricity because of a faulty Eskom transformer.

Enough is enough!

Residents and businesses in Emfuleni deserve a stable power supply.

Sign the petition to show your support.