School fees and parental involvement

The recent announcement by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, that government will review its funding policy for no-fee schools, once again raises concerns around parents’ commitment to ensuring that their children’s’ schools run effectively. Of particular concern are those non-fee-paying schools in poor communities where the basic tools to teach are often under-supplied. Unfortunately the issue […]

KZN crime: No big surprise

Least surprised by last week’s KwaZulu-Natal crime stats –which reveal that serious and violent crime is up – will be the many ordinary citizens who live each day in fear for their own safety and that of their families. The stats show that murders, attempted murders and robberies with aggravated circumstances have increased.  This is […]

Mahatma Gandhi mortuary: More delays

Despite the desperate need for such a facility, Mahatma Gandhi medical staff will have to wait at least another six months before construction is completed on the hospital’s R68 million mortuary. The information emerged in a parliamentary reply to the DA by KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, which confirms that the mortuary completion date has […]

Umhlathuze municipality’s problems far from over

Umhlathuze problems are far from over with the municipality facing a lack of senior management after the Mayor and opposition parties, including the DA, called for the suspension of the Municipal Manager Dr NJ Sibeko on the grounds of incompetence. The municipality’s Deputy City Manager is currently suspended. According to a report tabled by the […]

Fields Hill – MEC more intent on saving face than saving lives

The only performance less impressive than provincial Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu’s report to the KZN Legislature last week on the Fields Hill disaster was Romain Poite’s refereeing display! The MEC had the opportunity to provide real innovative leadership.  Instead he showed a dismal grasp of the issues at hand and a clear lack of control […]

KZN crime stats: The honeymoon is over

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal is deeply disappointed following today’s announcement that serious and violent crime in the province has climbed, with an increase in the number of murders, attempted murders and robberies with aggravated circumstances. The figures are in line with national crime figures in the same category which are at their worst in […]

“Trigger happy” Umkomaas officers must be suspended immediately

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal calls for the immediate suspension of a group of policemen alleged to have fired shots at a South Coast woman’s car on Sunday night, causing her to lose control of her vehicle and overturn. Tragically, the woman died in the incident.    No arrests have been made and the policemen are […]

Fields Hill: DA takes fight for ban to KZN parliament

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal today took the fight for a complete ban on all heavy vehicles on Field’s Hill to the provincial legislature. Fields Hill has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with ensuring the safety of motorists.  As head of transport in this province the MEC has a duty to […]

KZN municipalities: MEC must conduct skills audit

The  Democratic Alliance is extremely concerned by the massive sums being returned to Treasury by KwaZulu-Natal municipalities. This follows last week’s revelation that R443 million in unspent conditional grants has been handed back over the past five financial years – R120million from the last financial year. The figure is set to increase for 2012/13 as […]

DA concerned by Cornubia chaos

The Democratic Alliance in Ethekwini is extremely concerned by recent developments at the Cornubia housing project. This, after a series of recent chaotic events involving First Metro housing, who allegedly informed Ward 2 residents that they were taking registrations for rental housing units in Avoca and Newlands. The information was discovered on Monday during a […]