‘Amigo’ records of decision: Deadline looms for NPA

The NPA has just one week left to hand-over the record of decision to the Democratic Alliance detailing why fraud and racketeering charges were dropped against high-profile KZN politicians.

DA want policy statement from KZN Education MEC on teaching of Eastern Languages

The Democratic Alliance has called on KZN Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu, to make a clear policy statement on Eastern Languages within the province’s schools, as the future of instruction hangs in the balance. The call was made yesterday during a sitting of the provincial legislature following claims that there are moves by some KZN principals to […]

DA Debate on the second IFP 2011/2012 Party Motion

Speaker today is truly a sad day, a tragic time in KwaZulu-Natal for heritage and what we may not be able to bequeath to the generations that follow us. We will be harshly judged on our animal husbandry and how we allowed a rare species to pass into extinction. Obhejane bakwa KwaZulu-Natal bazonyamalala uma singenzi […]

DA Debate on the Consolidated Annual Municipal Performance (Sec 47)

Thank you MEC for the report. The Democratic Alliance agrees with you that 2010/11 year a very difficult one, marred by numerous service delivery protests resulting from the municipality and government’s failure to deliver services to communities. It is unfortunate that these protests have caused millions of Rands worth of damages to municipal property, monies […]

DA Debate on the Financial Performance of KZN Municipalities

Thank  you MEC for an honest and precise report on the performance of municipalities – not much has been hidden. I am disappointed though that the report did not cover elements of service delivery not achieved as a result of massive under-spending by municipalities. This has had a serious impact on the quality of lives […]

No-win situation for KZN’s poor as Eskom proposes crippling tariff hikes

If approved, Eskom’s submission of a 16% electricity tariff hike – each year for the next five years – is set to have devastating consequences for KwaZulu-Natal’s poorest citizens, many of whom are already facing extreme hardship. The proposed increase – almost triple the current inflation rate – comes as millions of rands are lost […]

Zille calls for release of full Manase report

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Helen Zille, leader of the DA has accused the ANC of trying to cover up the findings of the eThekweni Municipality’s controversial Manase audit report. Zille received a rousing welcome when she arrived at the packed Lamontville community hall on Sunday. She said the party would use the country’s highest courts to force the municipality […]

DA takes KZN MEC to task over failure to answer Mpisane questions

Six weeks and counting – this is how long the DA has been waiting for a response to parliamentary questions submitted to KwaZulu-Natal Human Settlement MEC, Ravi Pillay, regarding the out-of-court settlement between eThekwini municipality and Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport, owned by businesswoman Shawn Mpisane. On 23 August, I wrote to MEC Pillay raising […]

DA to table Bill to deal with KZN’s 2 485 “moonlighting” teachers

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal will table a Bill in the KZN Legislature which restricts civil servants from doing business with the state after it was revealed that an astounding 2 485 KZN teachers currently have contracts with the Education Department. The Business Interests of Employees Bill, already passed where the DA governs, is aimed […]

Addington in cold water!

The turnaround strategy at Addington Hospital depends on the complete commitment and support of all levels of staff, not just the senior management. All experts acknowledge this fact and the leadership of the Department of Health are well aware of this necessity. So how do you get a happy and well-motivated staff if they can’t […]