The project of building a better South Africa belongs to every citizen




By James Masango MPL – DA Provincial Leader: Mpumalanga

Date:  3 July 2017
Release: Immediate
Type: Op-Ed

Note to Editors: This following is a monthly newsletter by the DA Leader in Mpumalanga, James Masango MPL.

As the extent of state capture in South Africa continues to unfold, it is becoming increasingly clear to voters that the ANC will not, and cannot, fix itself and that it is now up to the citizens of this country to fight for a better South Africa.

In order to do that, we need to work together in building our country, not just for the politics but for our people and for future generations. This begins with imagining a post-ANC South Africa. This is a country that is working hard to rid itself of corruption and a country that is dedicated to creating jobs and building a better future for its people.


This vision is also true for Mpumalanga because while the ANC still has a tight grip on this province, the people of Mpumalanga know that they deserve better and are taking great strides to work for change.

The DA’s track record of good governance is no longer only limited to the Western Cape where we govern, but key metros across the country have begun to experience the change that comes with clean leadership.

In the City of Tshwane, we have increased the allocation to the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which will see 23 000 additional job opportunities over the 2017/18 financial year, with the city allocating R122 million towards this.

The City will invest R480 million over the medium term on basic services in informal settlements to begin addressing the unacceptable living conditions in many of the City’s settlements.

The formalisation of 7 informal settlements is underway. This will see a total of 2300 homes connected to water and sewerage reticulation in these informal settlements.

In the City of Johannesburg, R13 billion has been allocated to infrastructure investment and maintenance over the medium term.

The City’s target over the next 3 years is to upgrade 51 informal settlements. A budget of R115 million has been allocated for the electrification of informal settlements.

The DA committed in its manifesto to establish a dedicated Metro Police service in order to tackle crime in Nelson Mandela Bay. We are pleased to report that over 220 metro police officers are now employed and operational, ensuring greater safety for NMB residents. The Metro Police will be expanded continuously to address the high prevalence of drug abuse in the Metro.

Under DA leadership, 80% of Western Cape municipalities received clean audits, with ANC-led KwaZulu Natal in second place with just 18% clean audits. The City of Cape Town was the only metro to receive a clean audit in the 2015/16 financial year. Moreover, the DA-run Midvaal was the only municipality in Gauteng to get a clean audit in 2015/16.

The DA is shaping itself and all its representatives for government by ensuring an expanded pool of excellent, diverse and hard-working DA candidates for the 2019 national and provincial elections.

We believe that public representatives must be accountable and available, must be well informed on their portfolios, must be involved in their communities, and must contribute positively in their legislatures. We are the only political party that rigorously assesses the performance of all its public representatives and holds them to a performance agreement.

The project of building a better South Africa belongs to every citizen and every voter in this country. It is time for all South Africans to unite against the corrupt Gupta-led ANC and to vote for change at the next election. Over the next 700 days, the DA’s primary focus will be to prepare for national government and to mount an election campaign of unprecedented scale and reach.

DA will work night and day to unseat the corrupt Gupta-led ANC government from office. We have set goals and targets for the Road to 2019, and we will work tirelessly to achieve them.

Media Enquiries

James Masango MPL
DA Provincial Leader: Mpumalanga
082 891 0717

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