Portfolio committee must scrutinize KZN Ezemvelo’s grasp of its core mandate

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal has called for an urgent meeting of the province’s conservation portfolio committee, to include senior officials from KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife, in a bid to scrutinize the conservation body’s grasp of its core mandate. Contrary to what Ezemvelo officials appear to believe, hospitality is not the wildlife body’s core function. Its […]

Ithala write off reveals a lack of competent leadership

Recent  reports that KZN development bank, Ithala, has again written off a vast sum, notwithstanding an undertaking to tighten up on loans granted, are indicative of a lack of competent leadership. A report by the Auditor-General for the 2011/2012 financial year, reveals that Ithala has suffered material losses amounting to R270 million. This is triple […]

KZN is losing the war against rhino poachers

Reports that nine rhino have been found slaughtered in Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife game parks, during the past four days, marks the lowest point yet for conservation in our province. Late last week the national figures for rhino killing were released, with KwaZulu-Natal ranked second worst. The newly discovered carcasses brings the province’s tally to the […]

DA supports KZN MEC’s intervention within Mtubatuba

The  Democratic Alliance welcomes KZN COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube’s decision to place Mtubatuba under provincial administration after political infighting between the ANC and NFP led to a complete breakdown of services within the municipality. Infighting within hung KZN municipalities appears to be on the increase at the expense of service delivery. Recently within uMtshezi problems […]

Little to celebrate as KZN records mostly single digit decreases across crime categories

As much as the Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes any drop in crime levels in the province, that there is little cause to celebrate what, in the majority of categories, represents a single digit decrease. In most parts of the province, people still fear for their personal safety and that of their families on a […]

Speech on KZN Health Statement

20 September 2012 Madam/Mr Speaker As part of the Mandela week oversight visits I visited a number of clinics in and around Pietermaritzburg. Those in Vulindlela reported common problems with the availability of ambulance services, especially in the case of emergency maternity cases. As is reported in the Health Department APP, ‘response times are still […]

KZN Health’s response to hospital linen crisis hopelessly inadequate

The KwaZulu-Natal Health department’s response to the current linen shortage crisis within provincial hospitals – by installing small washing machines at hospitals – is hopelessly inadequate and must not be considered a long-term solution. The department announced last week that it would install the machines as a back-up measure after it was revealed that the […]

Desperate measures as KZN MEC bans all school excursions

KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu’s edict to immediately ban all school excursions in the province is a cry from a man desperate in the face of a department unwilling or unable to take responsible action at their level of authority. Despite there being a detailed and clear line of responsibility for the management of school […]

Performance Assessments: KZN Premier must explain why province failed to submit a single report

The KwaZulu-Natal government’s failure to submit a single departmental performance assessment for the 2011/12 financial year not only flies in the face of accountability, it is an indictment against the leadership of the province. Earlier this week, the national Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, reported that KZN had not submitted a single performance assessment […]

DA wants answers over Mpisane out-of-court settlement

Failure by KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Human Settlements to respond to written concerns expressed by the DA almost a month ago, over an out-of-court settlement between eThekwini municipality and Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport – owned by controversial businesswoman, Shawn Mpisane – has led to the submission of written parliamentary questions to provincial MEC, Ravi Pillay. […]