Resolutions

The Committee for Motions and Resolutions for the Provincial Congress met on Monday 22 January 2018 and considered the following motions and resolutions to be adopted at the Provincial Congress on 3 March 2018:

Resolution Summary:
Motion of Congratulations for the Federal Leadership

Noting that:
At the Federal Congress that took place Port Elizabeth during May 2015, a new Federal Leader, Federal Chairperson and various deputy chairpersons were elected.

This leadership has been the decision makers during a very exiting time of growth for the Democratic Alliance, where we have seen the Democratic Alliance become the leader of coalition governments in various metros and municipalities across the country. Further to this, the Democratic Alliance also govern various other municipalities across South Africa with an outright majority, a special mention should be made of the City of Cape Town, Midvaal and Kouga municipalities.

The Federal Leadership has been the beacon of hope for South Africans and personifies the values of the Democratic Alliance.

Resolves to:
Congratulate the Federal Leadership for the exceptional role they played in their term as leadership. To thank them for the time, energy and resources they have spent, to make a difference in the lives of South Africans.
Further to thank their direct families for allowing them to serve the Democratic Alliance and South Africa with distinction.

Proposer: Bosman Grobler

Seconder: Sophia Mogola

Resolution Summary:
Motion of Congratulations for the Provincial Leadership 

Noting that:
At the Provincial Congress that took place at Mbombela in March 2015, a new Provincial Leadership was elected. The Mpumalanga Provincial Leadership lead the province during politically volatile times the past 3 years.

The Democratic Alliance as a party grew during their term as leadership, and with this growth came with many changes, which resulted in new systems and procedures being
implemented from a Federal level. The Provincial Leadership held a steady ship during this time, and very visionary and flexible in order to ensure the implementation of new procedures.

Resolves to:
Congratulate the Provincial Leadership for the role they played in their term as leadership.

To thank them for the time, energy and resources they have spent, to make a difference in the lives of South Africans. Further to thank their direct families for allowing them to serve the Democratic Alliance and South Africa with distinction.

Proposer: Bosman Grobler

Seconder: Sophia Mogola

Resolution Summary:
Corruption has the ability to stagnate the growth of our municipalities and also the growth of our people. We are against situations in which oppressors get rich at the expense of our service delivery. Given this, we as the Democratic Alliance are against any form of corruption, be it at public or private institutions.

Noting that:
(a) Corruption can be referred to the notion of ‘one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel’. In such a context, once corruption gains a foothold, it does not just stop there and before you know it the entire system is corrupt: from the manager’s right down to the ordinary worker.
(b) In municipalities corruption around tenders and day to day operations affects the financial viability of the municipalities and once they start operating at a loss- service delivery is affected and service providers will not be paid.
(c) Municipalities and Provincial departments then cease to be the coalface of service delivery for our people.

Resolves to:
(a) Given the above, we resolve to be the watchdog of the communities we represent and report on any form of corruption, big or small.
(b) We also resolve to tackle corruption head on, to call for investigations and also consider making use of our judicial system.

Proposer: SJ Masango
Seconder: RJ Sithole

Resolution Summary:
In our province there are numerous ways in which our rivers are intentionally polluted; however acid mine drainage and untreated effluent are the two main causes. The intentional water pollution of our fresh water reserves, by municipal owned waste water treatment plants has been occurring for a number of years throughout our Province. In such instances you have municipalities which either directs untreated effluent into the rivers directly or by ineffective processes at the waste water treatment plants discharge partially treated in our rivers.

Noting that:
(a) In these harsh environmental conditions, we need to preserve whatever little fresh water reserves we have.
(b) Partially and untreated effluent poses severe health and environmental risks on our people, especially those who use the river further downstream.
(c) It is a shame that in our province all 76 municipal owned waste water treatment plants knowingly pollute our rivers.

Resolves to:
(a) Ensure the protection and preservation of our fresh water reserves for present as well as future generations.
(b) To ensure that local authorities, and waste water treatment plants adhere to legislation surrounding effluent discharge.
(c) To get municipalities to test water regularly and to comply with the guiding regulations.

Proposer: SJ Masango
Seconder: RJ Sithole

Resolution Summary:
(a) Our struggle heroes died trying to achieve a better life for all South Africans, one which ensures the protection and promotion of fundamental human rights for all.

(b) Along the way, the current leadership has deviated from its path, and has led to the existence of ‘paper rights’; that is rights which exist on paper, as a show to the world, but not in reality.

(c) Housing security is pivotal to the development of all people.

Noting that:
(a) Poverty alleviation through housing development worked best under the administration of uTata Madiba, and since then it has only reflected a system in crisis plagued by the issues of corruption, maladministration and shoddy workmanship.

(b) In the beautiful province of Mpumalanga, the housing backlog is standing at 197 156. It is continually increasing as our provincial government sets targets which it cannot meet thereby, disregarding population growth.

Resolves to:
(a) Reaffirm the values and ideals held by all our fallen heroes.

(b) To reaffirm the ideals held by our constitution, more especially section 26 – housing.

(c) To enforce oversight and promote the accountability of those involved in the housing processes from the directives issued at provincial level to the municipal enforcement.

(d) To report on issues of corrutption, maladministration and shoddy workmanship in the development of government funded houses so that it is investigated.

(e) To ensure and promote the distribution of title deeds, and make sure that our people are empowered.

Proposer: Trudie Grove-Morgan

Seconder: SJ Masango

Resolution Summary:
The DA resolves to build a society within our respective communities, where we stop waiting on government to protect our families but to proactively involve our communities in efforts to be part of forums that promote safety in our communities, such as Community Policing Forums.

Noting that:
Crime is still on the rise in the province and country at large.

The national government is dragging its feet in the establishmet of specialized units such as:

  • Rural safety units
  • Narcotics units, and
  • Child safety units
  • Illegal mining units

Resolves to:

  • Encourage all Democratic Alliance members to join local community policing forums in order to assist the under staffed police force.
  • Ensuring the community is safe will build better relations between the DA and the community at large.
  • Actively campaign for the decentralization of SAPS, so they can report directly to the Office of the Premier.

Proposer: Bosman Grobler

Seconder: Ernst van den Berg

Resolution Summary:
To call on improved relations between provincial and national government in terms of the awarding of prospecting and mining rights on Mpumalanga land (In particular protected land and land earmarked for biodiversity conservation)

Noting that:
 Currently, provincial government had absolutely no influence when it comes to the awarding of mining and prospecting rights on the land
 The mining industry has shed close to 50 000 (close to half) in the last 5 years, with trends showing that more jobs will be lost in the near future.
 The vision of national government does not necessarily align with those of the province.

Resolves to:
 Improve the relations between all spheres of government through assigning more responsibilities and powers to the province so that it can have a say on whether mining should occur in a specific area.
 Introduce innovative ways to curb job losses in this very strategic sector
 Avoid lengthy court cases between national government and provincial government on mining activities.

Proposer: Bosman Grobler
Seconder: Themba Mlotshwa

Resolution Summary:
Poverty, inequality and unemployment are sometimes referred to as the triple challenges that have continued to plague South Africa well into our democratic dispensation.
Unstable markets, forced retirements, incorrect economic policy have thrown thousands of residents into poverty.

Noting that:
(a) The unemployment rate in our Province is one of the highest in South Africa at 41.4% and it is shockingly 4.8% higher than the national average.
(b) Having a gini coefficient of 0.61% and high unemployment rates results in situations in which 273 886 of households in Mpumalanga are reporting that they had ran out of money in the last 12 months and 14,8 % of households in Mpumalanga missed a meal over the same period
(c) Wrongful policy choices are not fair on those who lose their jobs, especially when 68 000 residents have lost their jobs during 2016.

Resolves to:
(a) Ensure that conditions are conducive to creating employment by encouraging investment in our municipalities and towns.
(b) To call on the provincial government to increase their support SMMEs in the province.
(C) To call on the government to develop and implement policy in a way that encourages and not chases away investment.

Proposer: B Grobbler
Seconder: SJ Masango

Resolution Summary:
South African has the highest prevalence of fetal alcohol Syndrome in the world which is more than 14 times the global average.

Noting that:
Fetal Alcohol syndrome is 100% preventable however Mpumalanga has no record of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome and blames the lack of information on the fact that children who suffer from alcohol-related neurodevelopmental deficits usually do not show clinical features until their milestones are delayed.

Resolves to:
Call on the provincial health department to develop and implement plans to assist the prevention of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Proposer: R.J Sithole
Seconder: SJ Masango

Resolution Summary:
To call on the provincial department of education and schools to partner with private stakeholders to provide introductory learner ships during the school week for learners (age 16) to gain work experience and to introduce learners to possible career paths.

Noting that:
There is 855 899 youth aged 15-24 living in Mpumalanga, Of which only 68.2% complete grades 9 -11. 49% goes on to complete grade 12 and higher.
41.3 live in child headed homes.

Currently in Mpumalanga only 14.4% of the youth is employed, whilst 55.6% are unemployed. To turn the tide for the lost generation of Mpumalanga, we are going to have to think out of the box The current Education system urgently needs a complete overhauling so that our children leaving school with something to offer the world.

Resolves to:
(a) To reduce the unacceptable drop-out rates, the schooling system must offer the learners an incentive to ensure that when they leave school they have some work experience or an idea for a career path.
(b) To stop SADTU from interfering in the management of schools.

Proposer: R.J Sithole
Seconder: SJ Masango

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