Berg cableway: DA warn MEC against ‘pie in the sky’ scheme

The proposed Drakensburg cableway must be privately funded and form part of an integrated tourism development strategy within KwaZulu-Natal – one which combines private, provincial, municipal and foreign investment along a long-term trajectory. This is the view of the Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal as provincial Economic Development and Tourism (ECOD) MEC, Mike Mabuyakhulu forges ahead […]

DA wants answers over KZN Agric tender

The Democratic Alliance calls on KZN Agriculture MEC, Meshack Radebe to clarify why a company named Thethelela Thetha Investments and Projects has been awarded contracts to the value of more than R1 million over the past year, seemingly without any of the projects going out to tender. The call comes after a July 2013 parliamentary […]

The ANC had better watch out

The Democratic Alliance now officially governs Tlokwe and, in so doing, now runs municipalities in five out of nine provinces. The Tlokwe ruling presents the DA with the platform to show how things can and should be done. The positive response from the people of Tlokwe, to the DA taking control of the municipality, has […]

KZN textbook debacle: Delivering textbooks not the same as delivering washing powder

The delivery of books to schools is a national priority and must be treated as such. It is not the same as delivering a product such as washing powder to a supermarket.    Failure to deliver the right books to schools, at the right time has a serious knock-on effect on the lives of thousands of […]

Destroyed KZN textbooks: DA to conduct site visit

The Democratic Alliance will tomorrow visit an Empangeni warehouse containing undelivered school textbooks and workbooks, some of which have been shredded and burnt. Earlier today, the KZN Education department issued a statement confirming that the books – destined for KwaZulu-Natal schools as far back as March – were in fact lying at the warehouse of […]

DA welcome KZN Premier’s changed position on Ingonyama Trust

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes the comments made by Premier, Zweli Mkhize, at a recent rural development summit and specifically his inclusion of freehold and leasehold as models of land ownership which must be part of the way forward for people living on land administered by the Ingonyama Trust. Premier Mkhize may just have […]

DA outraged as Indian arts and culture organisations in KZN are denied funding

In a move which has angered the Democratic Alliance, the KwaZulu-Natal Arts and Culture council has failed to provide grant-in-aid funding to a single Indian organisation involved in the promotion of the arts in the province. Yesterday during a meeting of the provincial Arts and Culture portfolio committee, it emerged that the council has not […]

Social Grant spending – what is the ANC’s plan?

In 2001 for every 100 people employed one third (33.3%) of the population were receiving government social grant funding.  By 2012 the situation had reversed.  For every 100 people employed – and therefore contributing to the tax pool – 110 were dependent on the state for their income in the form of social grants. This […]

Manase Report: released following pressure from the DA

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The Democratic Alliance proved how effective it is as an opposition party yesterday when it successfully forced the ANC into finally releasing the long-awaited Manase report. For the past 16 months, the ANC leadership in various structures in the province has refused to release this document despite numerous promises to the media and public at […]

KZN municipalities write off R1.222 billion in bad debt

KwaZulu-Natal municipalities have, during the past two financial years, written off a combined R1.222 billion as a result of bad debt. The shock figure forms the basis of a July 2013 parliamentary reply by KZN COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube, to questions posed by the Democratic Alliance. According to the reply, R739 million was written off […]