KZN Social Development department woefully ill-prepared to deal with drug scourge

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KwaZulu-Natal’s Social Development department is woefully ill-prepared to deal with the drug scourge within the province’s communities with only three government-run drug rehabilitation treatment centres and a total capacity of just 134 in-patients. Current departmental protocol states an interview waiting time of 2 weeks and admission waiting time of 6 weeks.  Yet frontline social workers […]

DA welcomes MEC’s swift intervention at Grey’s Hospital

A DA oversight visit to Grey’s Hospital last week revealed, amongst other issues, that the Urology department’s cystoscope was broken, with a new one on order since November last year. According to a specialist, the hospital had been forced to borrow another device from the private sector in order to continue treating patients. I subsequently […]

Increase in ‘pirate’ metered taxis due to poor law enforcement

An increase in the number of ‘pirate’ metered taxis in KwaZulu-Natal is the direct result of a lack of law enforcement and attention to compliance by KZN’s Transport Department. Left untended, this problem has the potential to spark violence between licensed and illegal operators. This is of extreme concern to the DA. Of further concern […]

MEC must deal with obstructive behaviour by ANC-led Kokstad municipality

The DA calls on KZN COGTA MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube to take immediate action against Kokstad Municipality’s Speaker and ANC Councillors for their failure to allocate portfolios to two DA Councillors for more than a year. This is both shocking and unconstitutional. Section 160 of the Constitution and Section 79 of the Municipal Structures Act are […]

MEC must ensure fair housing list in Lamontville

The DA calls on KZN Human Settlements MEC, Ravi Pillay to proactively engage with eThekwini Municipality so that a fair, transparent and accountable housing allocation list is established and published before the completion of the Lamontville Ministerial Housing Project. The appeal comes after reports that the Municipality is fast-tracking housing delivery in Lamontville through the […]

Estimated R2billion needed to fix Midmar-related repair backlogs

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IT will cost Umgungundhlovu municipality an estimated R2 billion to deal with repair backlogs, including waste water treatment works, currently contributing towards pollution levels in streams feeding Midmar Dam, KZN’s main source of drinking water. The information forms part of an August 2014 parliamentary reply by MEC, Mike Mabuyakhulu, to questions submitted by the DA. […]

ANC-led Kokstad municipality reneges on Ezemvelo land deal

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The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal is deeply concerned following an “about turn” by the Greater Kokstad Municipality over a Memorandum of Agreement with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife which is set to see prime conservation land used to build low cost housing. In 2012 the Kokstad Municipality undertook to meet its environmental obligations and entered into a […]

975 DOE senior management posts vacant

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Despite almost a thousand vacant senior management posts within KZN’s Department of Education, it is unable to act due to budget constraints. The information forms part of a July parliamentary reply by KZN Education MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni, to questions posed by the DA. According to the response, 1 484 out of 2 462 posts are currently filled, […]

eThekwini risks losing Blue Flag Status over polluted rivers

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The DA is concerned at the failing water quality of city rivers and is calling on the eThekweni Municipality to put comprehensive plans in place to prevent such cases from happening in future or risk losing their Blue Flag Statuses. A few months ago there were reports of the deaths of thousands of fish in […]

DA call for joint investigation into ‘matric dance’ rape

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal will call for a full-scale joint investigation by both the province’s Community Safety and Education departments following the alleged rape of a young Pietermaritzburg woman after her matric dance. A clip of the incident has gone viral on the internet. The DA is appalled by this incident.  We condemn it in […]