EThekwini Municipality Head of Roads needs to immediately intervene to ensure the safety of residents in surrounding areas
We the residents on Hillhead Drive, Mount Edgecombe demand that Speed humps be installed on an urgent basis. The motivation is based on cars, commercial vehicles and trucks driving at reckless speeds on Hillhead drive which is narrow and heavily pedestrianised. In addition, a recent trend is that vehicles now use Hillhead drive as a short cut to circumvent traffic on the R012.This has not only created additional traffic volumes but the reckless high speed driving directly impacts on safety when entering and exiting our driveways.
We the residents and Ratepayers who live on Hillhead drive, require the City to urgently intervene with speed calming measures.
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The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, continues to defend his Department’s language policy framework for higher education, which classifies Afrikaans hatefully and unconstitutionally as an “foreign” language.
The DA will not relent in our struggle for the recognition of Afrikaans as an indigenous language.
The DA, together with every person who signs this petition, hereby demands the following from the Minister of Higher Education and Training:
The Department of Higher Education and Training must immediately amend the Language Policy Framework for Higher Education to recognize Afrikaans as an indigenous South African language. The Policy Framework currently only recognises languages belonging to the “Southern Bantu language family” as indigenous. This definition is unscientific, contrary to the Constitutional Court’s ruling in the Unisa case, and hurtful and hateful towards the diverse Afrikaans-speaking language community.
After the Policy Framework has been amended to recognise Afrikaans’ legitimate status as an indigenous South African language, Minister Nzimande must publicly and unconditionally apologize to the Afrikaans-speaking community for the way in which he undermined their Constitutional rights to dignity, mother tongue education and equality.
After Afrikaans’ status as an indigenous language has been recognised, Minister Nzimande must request all public universities – including the University of Stellenbosch – to adapt their language policies in accordance with Afrikaans’ status as a full-fledged indigenous language so that mother tongue instruction in Afrikaans is expanded rather than restricted.
Die Minister van hoër onderwys, Blade Nzimande, verdedig steeds sy department se taalbeleidsraamwerk vir hoër onderwys, wat Afrikaans haatlik en ongrondwetlik as ‘n “uitheemse” taal klassifiseer.
Die DA sal meedoënloos ons stryd voortsit vir die erkenning van Afrikaans as ‘n inheemse taal.
Hiermee rig die DA, tesame met alle persone wat hierdie petisie onderteken, die onderstaande eise aan die Minister van Hoër Onderwys en Opleiding:
Die Departement van Hoër Onderwys en Opleiding moet dadelik die Beleidsraamwerk vir Hoëronderwysinstellings wysig om Afrikaans as ‘n inheemse Suid-Afrikaanse taal te erken. Die Beleidsraamwerk erken tans slegs tale wat aan die “suid-Bantoe taalfamilie behoort” as inheemse tale. Hierdie definisie is onwetenskaplik, strydig met die Grondwethof se uitspraak in die Unisa-saak, en kwetsend en haatdraend teenoor die diverse Afrikaanssprekende taalgemeenskap.
Nadat die Beleidsraamwerk aangepas is om Afrikaans se regmatige status as ‘n inheemse Suid-Afrikaanse taal te erken, moet Minister Nzimande die Afrikaanssprekende gemeenskap in die openbaar om verskoning vra vir die wyse waarop hy hierdie gemeenskap se grondwetlike regte tot waardigheid, moedertaalonderrig en gelykheid ondermyn het.
Nadat Afrikaans se status as inheemse taal erken is, moet Nzimande alle openbare universiteite – insluitend die Universiteit van Stellenbosch – versoek om hul taalbeleide dienooreenkomstig met Afrikaans se status as ‘n volwaardige inheemse taal aan te pas sodat moedertaalonderrig in Afrikaans uitgebrei eerder as ingeperk word.
EThekwini’s Golden Mile, Umhlanga Promenade and Wilson’s Wharf form part of Durban’s famous tourism offering. These beautiful attractions have been left to deteriorate as a result of regular sewage spills, environmental pollution and poor infrastructure maintenance.
We call on eThekwini Municipality and Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to urgently attend to the following issues to save Durban’s tourism economy:
Regular Maintenance of sewage infrastructure: manholes, receiving drains, pump stations, stormwater overflows and screening chambers
Regular refuse collection by Durban Solid Waste (DSW) at Wilson’s Wharf, the Golden Mile and Umhlanga Promenade to avoid overflow of refuse into water-courses
Increased civic education on the disposal of fat and refuse into stormwater drains
Street light maintenance at Wilson’s Wharf to reduce illegal dumping and to promote the safety of the area
Illegal Dumping enforcement: erection of no dumping signs and monitoring
For eThekwini Municipality to foster working relationships with all relevant stakeholders for effective harbour management
Maintenance and fitment of metal mesh on all ducts leading into the harbour that are used to trap refuse
Since the ANC government took over, Johannesburg-owned and operated ambulances have gone from a fleet of 101 ambulances to zero. This is also thanks to the ANC Gauteng Provincial Government’s Provincialisation of Ambulances Programme that was accepted by the ANC Johannesburg government, and has sadly affected the poor in the informal townships who are unable to afford private medical services.
In June 2019, the DA administration in Johannesburg delivered 42 brand new state-of-the-art ambulances to EMS, boosting its fleet by 72% to 101 ambulances. This meant that each fire station across the City received at least one new ambulance, with many new ambulances allocated to fire stations in townships.
Most Johannesburg residents are unable to afford private medical care or ambulance services, and their only hope in an emergency is for the City to dispatch an ambulance that should arrive within 15 minutes. Instead of working towards this life-or-death goal, the City has turned EMS into empty fire stations with no fire engines or ambulances.
It is critical that the ANC-led City of Johannesburg immediately applies for its own operating licence from the provincial government so that the lives of residents can be saved!
Sign our petition to force the City of Johannesburg to get our ambulances back!
Knysna Waste By Rail is situated next to an ecological sensitive estuary, in the central business district. The facility is prone to breakdowns leading to a backlog of the waste being processed or removed from the site, causing health concerns. The area has become a haven for criminals and vagrants alike. It down grades all the surrounding properties, reducing their value, not to mention it being unsightly.
It is time for Knysna Municipality to address all the issues that surround this facility. We hereby ask that the following interventions be taken by Knysna Municipality.
All vagrants be removed from the property, and kept off/away.
The unused rail trucks be removed
The entire property fenced.
Security measures put in place to control access to the property and safeguard it from criminal activities.
After Hours drop off facility to be put in place, that can’t be accessed by vagrants.
Signage to inform the public not to give donations to the vagrants.
Plans containing when, where and how to implement the moving of the facility out of the CBD to a more suitable property or facility.
The residents of Knysna and DA is calling on the Acting Municipal Manager to urgently take the necessary steps to implement our requests.