May 15

ANC insults voters’ intelligence by marching on Eskom in Soweto

Media Release by:

Vasco da Gama

DA City of Johannesburg Caucus Leader

The ANC has insulted the intelligence of voters by marching on Eskom in Soweto to protest against pre-paid meters and power cuts.

The comrades might just as well march on Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters, from where cadres are deployed. Voters know very well that Eskom and the City of Johannesburg are run by ANC deployees.

In parts of Soweto, the elements of the ANC-generated electricity crisis come together: unrealistic promises, lack of planning, dearth of technical skills, and inadequate consultation.

The Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee and others believe they have been promised and are entitled to free electricity. Yet it costs money to generate electricity.

For decades many have not been paying. Soweto alone has accumulated R8 billion debt. In addition, untold amounts are lost through electricity theft by izinyoka. The introduction of smart meters is a wake-up call to all those who have had a free ride. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13

The City of Joburg ignored the warnings but still blames Eskom

Media Release by:

Vasco da Gama

DA City of Johannesburg Caucus Leader

As power is cut to residents in Soweto the ANC is trying to take the high road in attacking Eskom, and even speaks about sabotage.

However, when industrial hubs such as Kya Sands have outages that cost millions in revenue there is not a word.
They are quick to attack Eskom as a failing entity, but they forget very conveniently under whose administration this once thriving state owned entity has failed.

Now they conveniently call for Eskom to hand over the service delivery to City Power, something which should have happened years ago. They tried to and failed to introduce the Reds system of regionalised energy delivery permits that would have ensured that Eskom became a supplier of bulk electricity to distributors such as City Power. Read the rest of this entry »

May 07

City of Johannesburg DA Caucus Leader Councillor Vasco Da Gama’s response to SOCA:

Media Release by:

Vasco da Gama

DA City of Johannesburg Caucus Leader

Good morning Madam Speaker, Executive Mayor, Members of the Mayoral Committee, Leaders of Opposition Parties, Distinguished Guests, Councillors, Members of the Media and residents of our great City of Johannesburg.

Mr Executive Mayor, this morning we meet to respond to your speech, themed, “Turning Challenges into Opportunities”. It is a wonderful dream with many great potential ideas for a World Class City to strive towards in the future.

I particularly want to start by re-quoting Former President Thabo Mbeki when he said, “We must ensure that today is better than yesterday and that tomorrow will be better than today”.

This quote really does describe what government should be working towards for its citizens and in our case what we as the City of Johannesburg should be aiming towards for our residents. With such a strong starting point I was optimistic about your speech and hoped that you would focus on the idea encapsulated in Ex-President Mbeki’s words.

Sadly this was not to be. You see Mr Mayor; it is all good to have dreams, looking at tomorrow, and great future visions of our City. We admire them. But as the municipal government of Johannesburg, our main job is to focus on the practical aspect of making the lives of our residents better today AND tomorrow. Not just always looking to that future tomorrow.

We need to ask ourselves, when our residents look at our City, do they see a World Class African City, or do they see a City with real problems?

Because fellow councillors, when I look at a City where traffic lights are constantly broken, buildings are illegally occupied, cable theft seems unstoppable, potholes are getting larger, yet tariffs are increasing at a rate similar to Eskom blackouts, I do not see a World Class City. I see real problems affecting our residents every day. I see a reality that does not match your vision Mr Mayor.
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Feb 09

Despite the need to survive it is illegal to be a Window Washer

Media Release by:

Michael Sun

DA Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety

Even though the unemployment rate in South Africa is at a high, especially amongst the youth, it is illegal to wash windows for a living at intersections.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Member of Mayoral Committee for Public Safety Councillor Michael Sun highlights that it is unlawful and should be eradicated.

In terms of sections 12 (1) (a), 14 (4) and (5) of the City’s Public Road and Miscellaneous By-law it is stated that;
Section 12 (1) (a) – No person may lie, sit, congregate, loiter or walk, or otherwise act, on any public road in any manner that may obstruct traffic.
Section 14 (4) – No person may on any public road in any way loiter or solicit or inconvenience or harass any other person for the purpose of begging.
Section 14 (5) – No person may on a public road use any threatening, abusive or insulting words or gestures or behaviours with intent to cause a breach of the By-law.

Councillor Sun says, “Whilst we are mindful of people whom are trying to make a living and those who have to resort to trading on the streets, we cannot condone any kind of unlawful activity.”

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Jan 18

Blue Machine at the Ward 68 By-Election

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Apr 24

Your Vote Can Make History!

Final Poster

Apr 22

Your Vote Can Win Gauteng!

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Today, 22 April 2014, DA Gauteng Premier Candidate, Mmusi Maimane, launched the final phase of the DA’s posters for the Gauteng provincial elections.

The photos can be accessed for use here.

With just 2 weeks until Election day all signs point to the closest election result in Gauteng’s history.

Today our message to every person who believes in change is clear: Your vote can win Gauteng!

Mar 24

What Nkandla really cost South Africa

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Mar 21

MD of Pikitup Suspended – The Chickens have come Home to Roost

Media Release by:

Alan Fuchs

DA Spokesperson on Pikitup

The following statement was released by the Chairperson of the Pikitup Board on Monday 17th March:

“The City of Johannesburg today confirms that Mr Suren Maharaj, the Pikitup Financial Director, is now Acting Manager of Pikitup, following the suspension of its Managing Director, Ms Amanda Nair. Nair has been suspended and formally charged – in summary, on matters relating to supply chain management and Municipal Finance Management Act, pending a disciplinary enquiry instituted against her.

Specific details of the charges levelled against Ms Nair cannot be made public at this stage in pursuance of protecting the rights of both Pikitup and the employee. The enquiry confirms the City’s commitment to the highest standards of corporate governance as well as to the protection of the right to fair employment practices extended to its employees. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 18

ANC desperation undermining democracy

Media Release by:

Dr Kevin Wax

DA PR Councillor in the City of Johannesburg

The defection of Bev Abrahams, until recently a Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament in Gauteng and Political Head of the Phuthaditjhaba Constituency, to the ANC, demonstrates total desperation on the part of the ruling party to hold onto power in Gauteng. This defection together with that of other DA public representatives in the province seeks to undermine the very democracy that great leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Steve Bhiko, Helen Suzman and others had sacrificed their lives for. The ANC list released on Tuesday 11 March 2014 clearly shows its gross disregard for a corruption free society. Read the rest of this entry »

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