Time for the Provincial Legislature to begin work in earnest

The Democratic Alliance  issued an urgent appeal to the Legislature’s Chairperson of Committees to expedite the first meetings of all portfolio committees so that the work of the provincial Legislature can commence. The appeal was made during a motion at Friday’s Sitting. While election-time will always bring disruption to legislature activities, it has now been more […]

“No real plan for KwaZulu-Natal”

senzo mchunu

The divide between what KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu said on Thursday and the reality of what is needed to save KZN from spiraling downwards as an economic recession looms – is vast.  In fact, some of the Premier’s comments were as delusional as the utterances by Jacob Zuma, that we are “a nation at work”. […]

KZN SOPA 2014: Premier must get down to the real business of running KZN

When KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu, delivers his State of the Province address tomorrow, the DA does not want to hear ‘more of the same’. Despite the Premier’s last SOPA being just four short months ago, we expect to hear something very different from the electioneering of February. Tomorrow we expect the Premier to get down […]

Health MEC’s silence over registrar intake is shattering

The Democratic Alliance is appalled by the news that there will be no July intake of registrars at UKZN’s Medical School. This is an added crisis for health care in KZN.  Regrettably, provincial Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo appears to be either completely unperturbed or simply unaware.  The lack of concern over this situation by either […]

Another shady eviction by eThekwini and violent protest in Cato Crest

I will be writing to the Chairperson of the Human Settlements Committee Hon IE Mkhize to request that he urgently place last nights Cato Crest evictions on the portfolio committee’s agenda at its next meeting. The lastest shady eviction resulted in serious and violent protests this morning. eThekwini Municipality acts on behalf of MEC Ravi […]

DA wants copies of authorisation to drain Josini wetland

The DA will demand copies of authorisation for the drainage of an important wetland area near Josini by the KZN Conservation department and Ezemvelo. This after media reports which confirm that the multi- million rand project has been halted in its tracks by the Green Scorpions. According to the department, the work is being done […]

DA to lay charges against Kwa Sani Mayor following distribution of barbaric video cli

The Democratic Alliance is shocked by ANC Kwa Sani Mayor, Mdu Banda’s circulation of a graphic and explicit video of women being brutally beaten and decapitated. The horrific video was circulated on a “WhatsApp” group reserved for Kwa Sani Council matters. It is inconceivable that the Mayor should intentionally use a Council communication platform to distribute […]

eThekwini housing delivery drops 50% in seven years

Housing delivery in eThekwini has reached new crisis levels with reports that the municipality’s housing department is set to reach only half of its building target for the current budget period. According to media reports, the municipality will build 8 500 low cost homes.  Seven years ago there was an output of 16 000 units per annum […]

DA welcomes delivery of ventilator to Stanger Hospital newborn ICU

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the delivery of a new ventilator to the newborn ICU at Stanger Hospital.  This unit now has two ventilators. Whether this is sufficient will need to be looked into. As of this morning, the Mantoux test for TB is still out of stock.  This remains a concern. Whilst an alternative to […]

Site visit reveals shocking conditions at Stonebridge Local Clinic

A recent oversight visit by the DA to the Stonebridge Local Clinic in Phoenix has revealed unacceptable and unhygienic conditions far from suitable for a medical facility. The clinic has been operating from the Stonebridge Community Hall since 30 May while a two year refurbishment of the original facility finally takes place after many years […]