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View Poll Results: Will the ANC win back Cape Town and the Western Cape?
Yes- Viva ANC 2 4.55%
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Old February 10th, 2012, 08:18 AM   #1221
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I dont think anyone, not even the occupiers, know the true objectives of the movement.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 09:57 AM   #1222
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I don't buy the argument, because all the facts regarding the Cape, the very anti-poor Cape, say absolutely otherwise.

Lowest poverty rates nationwide... FACT (HDI Index)
Highest service-delivery rates nationwide... FACT (SAIRR)
Metro with the highest levels of cross-subsidisation of basic services... FACT (CoCT)
Only city that has clear policy and service-delivery strategy for backyard dwellers... FACT
City with the largest, R2billion, reintegration and resettlement project in the urban core in the country as District 6... FACT
Corruption is theft against the poor (COSATU); Cape has lowest levels of "public theft"... FACT (Auditor General)
Best and first comprehensive anti-retroviral program... FACT
Best public health system... FACT (biggest investments and patient-doctor ratios in the nation)

The argument that the DA and the Cape for that matter is anti-poor is nothing more than a nebulous, politically motivated argument to stir emotion, to use race as a electoral weapon and to create a class-wedge.

The anti-poor argument is always stirred by an event, rather than real provincial programs and independently verifiable facts. Events are more often than not out of the province's control. SAPS are a national competency, so if an illegal occupation being cracked-down upon is perceived as such, the National Police Commissioner as anti-poor... not the DA run province or city!

That's why us " DA members/fans," which allegedly always are "too quick to fall in line with their beloved party," do so... Not because we do not see the overall issues, not because we do not think critically, but because in our argumentation we use facts, rather the politically motivated hype and emotive propaganda. Thus, to the ANC loyalist, we seem like beloved DA-fans, because if a claim comes from SAIRR, constitutional court, auditor general, public protector or other independent institution, we'll believe it. If claims come from a narrow grouping of disgruntled entitlement-seekers, a racially charged political figure or a party with a politically-motivated agenda, we're inclined to scrutinise it and often, not believe it.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 10:26 AM   #1223
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Nostradamus, my mate, I have to agree with the 'DA supporters' on this one! Sorry about the 'Nostradamus' by the way - that was auto complete, and I just left it...

You know I am the least judgemental DA supporter in this forum, in terms of attacking the ANC...but they really do seem to be resorting to the racism thing a little too much!

Don't be too concerned - us rich, hoity-tooth DA supporters are a million miles away from government - we will be STOKED if we gain another 10 percent in the next few years.

And I know some of these guys go over the top and lay into the ANC like, ridiculously sometimes, BUT seriously, it is necessary for our country to have a relevant opposition, a real opposition.
This is not a black and white issue, this is about the people with all the power being accountable - the ANC has all the power, and they need to be watched closely!

I tell you now, I and a lot of South Africans support the DA simply because they are NOT the ANC! Thats it - we are certainly not anti- poor, as a matter of fact I take that as an insult given my history in this country.

There is a divide of course, and I don't think ANY political party deserves unflinching support - but if the DA only serve to help the ANC clean up their act, they are worth their weight in gold.
And if the ANC do in fact clean up their act, I would proudly give them my vote in the future.
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State of the Province



The WCape is doing better together - Helen Zille
Helen Zille
17 February 2012


Premier highlights the achievements of her administration, the plans for the future

SPEECH BY HELEN ZILLE, PREMIER OF THE WESTERN CAPE, STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE, February 17 2012

The Honourable Acting Speaker
Honourable Members of the Provincial Cabinet
The Honourable Leader of the Opposition
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
The Honourable Leader of the Official Opposition in the National Assembly
Honourable Leaders of the different Political Parties
Honourable Members of the National Assembly
Honourable Members of the Provincial Legislature
Director-General of the Western Cape
Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Services Western Cape
Heads of Provincial Departments
Leaders of Local Government
Religious Leaders
Community Leaders
Colleagues and Friends
Citizens of the Western Cape

Welcome to everyone here today. Namkelekile nonke apha namhlanje. ‘n Hartlike warm welkom aan almal hier vandag.

I would like to begin this morning by bidding farewell to our former Speaker, Sheikh Shahid Esau, who was sworn in as a member of the National Assembly with effect from 30 January 2012.

I would also like to place on record the House's appreciation for the service he rendered as a committee member and as Speaker. We wish him success in his new role in the National Parliament. Shukran Sheikh. Ons waardeer al u bydraes. Ikamva eliqaqambileyo kuwe.

I extend also a warm welcome to Mr Piet Pretorius and Mr Mzuvukile Figlan who have recently joined us as new members of the legislature. Baie welkom - ek weet u is gereed vir die harde werk wat op u wag. Nilungele eli phulo Lingumngeni.

I would also like to welcome my special guest to the House today, Mrs Colett Muller, whose husband Carl Muller paid the highest price while fighting fires in the Moutonshoek Valley, Piketberg earlier this month. Hy het sy lewe gegee om ander mense se lewens en besittings te red. Dit is die alle hoogste opoffering. En dis ‘n opoffering wat sy hele gesin moes meemaak.

Mrs Muller, on behalf of the Western Cape Government, I extend my sincere condolences to you, and your two children Elisca and Dian. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

I would also like to pay tribute to all the fire fighters and members of disaster management teams who work tirelessly putting out fires and dealing with numerous other natural disasters. Mrs Janine Joubert of Vredendal also lost her husband Gideon, while he was fire-fighting in October last year. Unfortunately she was not able to accept my invitation to be here today. We salute her and her family as well.

Our province owes everyone in the Directorate of Disaster Management a debt of deep gratitude. Welcome today to Mr Colin Diener, Chief Director of Disaster Management and Mr Ian Schnetler, Fire Chief of the City of Cape Town. Please convey to all your staff our sincere appreciation for their expert management of over fifty major fires during the past few months and the willingness of our fire-fighters to put their lives on the line to protect all the residents of the Western Cape.

Mr Speaker, in my first State of the Province address in 2009 I made clear that our government's primary focus would be on reducing poverty, because above all else, poverty is an affront to human dignity and the primary obstacle to living a full life.

Injongo yethu, kukulwa intlupheko. Armoede is Suid-Afrika se grootste vyand.

That is why our vision for the Western Cape is of an Open, Opportunity Society in which every person has the means, the resources and the power to live a life he or she values.

That vision has guided and sustained our efforts over the past two and a half years. At its core is the understanding that no government can, by itself, guarantee a better life. Progress can only be realised as the product of partnerships - between government, citizens, civil society and business. Each has a role and specific responsibilities. That is why we have adopted the slogan "Better Together" to capture and convey our message to the people of the Western Cape. Kungcono xa sikunye. Dis Beter Saam. Sibambisene. Isandla sihlamba esinye. Een hand kan nie homself alleen was nie.

Mr Speaker, the only sustainable way to beat poverty is by creating opportunities for growth and jobs. This insight informs our strategy, which is this: to shift resources and energy into the creation of growth and job opportunities without compromising our ability to deliver better outcomes in health, education, and social development, and while refocusing our efforts to promote social inclusion with a more pragmatic, more measurable and less ideological approach.

My address today, and the budget that Minister Winde will table shortly, give meaningful expression to this strategy.

But Mr Speaker, this government has just undertaken a mid-term review in order to determine what progress we have made since 2009, and to be honest with ourselves about the challenges that remain. AsiziXokisi.

And so today I will present our progress, but I will also describe some of our challenges and announce a series of new initiatives.

But before I do so, I would like to thank the incredible team that makes it such a pleasure to face each daunting day. They are the embodiment of what we mean when we say "Better Together". I want to thank the DG and his outstanding team of senior managers. I want to thank every person who comes to work every day, who understands their role in the bigger picture, and who takes responsibility for it.

I would like to thank the dedicated staff in my office, my personal assistant Donnae Strydom, my Head of Office Lorika Elliott and everyone else who supports me with such commitment. In particular, on this occasion, I wish to acknowledge the role played by my Special Adviser, Ryan Coetzee, in conceptualizing and structuring this government to achieve our shared vision.

Creating the conditions needed for increased economic growth and job creation

Mr Speaker, our first priority is to create the conditions needed for inclusive economic growth and job creation. This is by far the most important way in which our economy can create job opportunities for our citizens and, more importantly, redress the legacy of poverty and underdevelopment.

But no government can achieve economic development on its own. That is why we have chosen to establish an Economic Development Partnership (EDP), where all stakeholders in the economy will come together to develop and help implement a shared agenda for economic growth, development and inclusion.

The EDP will focus on facilitating the development of a shared economic vision, strategy and brand for the province. It will work to move us from a ‘culture of disaggregation and fragmentation' towards one of collaboration. The idea of "Better Together" is thus coded into the very DNA of this administration and also of the EDP. Over time, its work will result in an improved investment climate, a more competitive and resilient economy and, ultimately, higher levels of growth and employment. That is the only sustainable way to fight poverty.

The EDP was registered at the beginning of the year, and a steering committee of prominent leaders from the business community and government has been established. The official launch of the EDP will take place in April.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Cape Town Partnership, and in particular Andrew Boraine and Yumnaa Firfirey, for helping us conceptualise and establish the EDP.

The most powerful economic lever in the hands of a provincial government is the ability to build growth-creating infrastructure. And while I welcome President Zuma's new focus on infrastructure development, it is critical to understand that without private sector investment, neither South Africa nor the Western Cape will be able to build the infrastructure needed for growth.

And so Mr Speaker, I look forward to participating in the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission which has been tasked with identifying and developing projects and infrastructure initiatives across the three spheres of government. In his State of the Nation address the President focused specifically on the Industrial Development Zone in Saldanha and the required railway links. We will do everything possible to make this partnership with the national government a success, in the interest of all the people of this Province.

Meanwhile, in the Western Cape, we have put together a game-changing infrastructure agenda that includes the following:

Three city regeneration projects, to be implemented in conjunction with the City of Cape Town and the private sector. These are the Founders' Garden/Artscape precinct, the development of a government precinct in the heart of the city and the development of the Somerset Hospital precinct. Minister Winde will provide more details of this in his budget speech;
The doubling of the capacity of the Cape Town Convention Centre, again implemented together with the City of Cape Town and the private sector;
The development of new and upgraded roads that offer a demonstrable impact on economic growth, including a divisional road between Gansbaai and Bredasdorp, the Wingfield Interchange bridges and a road network improvement project in support of the Saldanha Industrial Development Zone initiative; and
The creation of a Special Purpose Vehicle or Public Private Partnership to bring broadband access to every school, every provincial and every municipal government facility in the Western Cape, and ultimately to every citizen, while driving down the cost of broadband access for business.
This is a huge new development that will position the Western Cape as a broadband access leader in South Africa, and support the existing Information Technology Centres in every school in the Province. As I indicated last year during my State of the Province Address, the World Bank estimates that every 10% increase in high-speed Internet connections in developing countries results in a 1.3% increase in economic growth.

Broadband is also a platform for local information technology services industries, which create youth employment, and promote social inclusion.

The World Bank reports that the number of Internet users in developing countries has increased tenfold between 2000 to 2007, with over four-billion mobile phone subscribers living in developing countries.

However, it is also true that since 2009, South Africa has lagged behind many other African countries when it comes to increasing internet penetration. For example, while Nigeria and Egypt had increased their internet users by 33 million and 8 million respectively over the last two years, South Africa has only increased its users by 2.3 million.

To compound the problem in the Western Cape, only 20 provincial government buildings, around 50 City of Cape Town buildings and 50 municipal sites are connected at speeds of 100 Megabytes per second or more.

It is clear that if we aim to create an internationally competitive knowledge economy, improve productivity and enjoy access to new markets, we need to invest far more in fast and affordable broadband infrastructure. We need to link over 4,000 government facilities in the province to one another and to business, civil society and citizens.

By 2014 we aim to have connected 70% of government facilities and every school in the province to the broadband network and also ensure that there is at least one public ICT access facility in every ward.

Within the next two years, as part of a pilot project, we aim to create the largest mesh network in the world that will have connected all households in Khayelitsha, Mitchell's Plain and Saldanha Bay, including the Industrial Development Zone footprint.

By 2020, we aim to have connected every citizen in the metropolitan area to affordable broadband infrastructure at network speeds in excess of 100 Megabytes per second and all citizens in towns and villages to a broadband network.

Our broadband strategy will involve partnerships with a number of potential stakeholders, including licensed telecom service providers, commercial banks, the IDC and the DBSA, local businesses as well as local and national government. In other words, the roll-out of this broadband network exemplifies our "Better Together" approach.

All of this constitutes a huge investment in growth-creating infrastructure, most of which will be used as a powerful magnet for further investment from other spheres of government and from the private sector.

The overall impact on the economy of the Western Cape will only be fully appreciated, however, when the City of Cape Town and other municipalities reveal their own infrastructure plans in their 2012/13 budgets, to be tabled later in the year. We will really have achieved a catalytic aggregation of effort when all the governments in the Western Cape coordinate their infrastructure investments against an agreed umbrella strategy and, in so doing, unlock significant private sector investment. Of course our aim is to achieve optimal co-operative governance with the national government too, with the Saldanha IDZ as the pilot.

Mr Speaker, in addition to our focus on economic infrastructure, we are also implementing growth-and-jobs initiatives in a number of other areas, including agriculture, trade and investment promotion, the reduction of red-tape and skills development.

This year, Wesgro will receive increased support to open African and other developing world markets to Western Cape business, while ensuring we take full advantage of our existing trade links with the United States and Europe.

Market access is also one of the key priorities of our focus on creating opportunities for growth and jobs in rural areas. That is why Minister van Rensburg led a delegation of 22 wine companies to the Yantai International Wine Festival last year, most of which won business from new clients in China. We also supported six BEE wine companies to access the Nigerian market and helped BEE fruit farmers access the Netherlands and German markets.

Another key focus area is to ensure that agricultural land reform projects in the province offer emerging farmers the help they need to succeed. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, together with different commodity groups, have invested R91.7-million into 85 projects to support emerging farmers in the 2011/12 financial year. The "Boompie" Project is a prime example of this approach and has resulted in hundreds of hectares of fruit trees being planted over the past two years.

These and other interventions have resulted in a 70% success rate amongst the 202 land reform projects in the province, an achievement unmatched in any other province in South Africa. It is no wonder that, on the basis of their performance, our department of Agriculture and Rural Development was recognized by the National Government as the very best performing government department in South Africa.

We are also using a "Better Together" approach to cutting red tape and making it easier to do business in the Western Cape.

Last year, I announced that we were in the process of establishing a unit in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism dedicated to identifying opportunities for cutting red tape. The unit is tracking small and medium sized companies in various stages of start-up. This is providing invaluable insight into the red tape challenges they face. We are committed to eradicating as much red tape as possible.

We have also established an inter-governmental working group to identify and tackle key regulatory bottlenecks at both a provincial and municipal level.

In addition, we have established a Red Tape Call Centre that began operating in July last year.

The call centre is linked to a task team of officials working in and outside of government, and includes representatives from six provincial departments, the City of Cape Town, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Business Western Cape and the Cape Chamber of Commerce.

Since the call centre's launch, 140 cases have been logged, of which two thirds have already been resolved, while others have required high level interventions. Based on the nature of complaints received we are also conducting investigations into red tape in four key areas: fine foods processing, immigration, the solar water geysers replacement policy and property development issues.

The Western Cape has been the top performing province with regard to call resolution rates on the Presidential Hotline since its inception. While the average resolution rate for Provinces, as calculated by the Presidency itself, is 25.5%, the Western Cape achieved an average resolution rate in excess of 80%.

However, while we can do whatever possible to tackle red tape at a provincial and local level, often these challenges lie at a national level, particularly within state owned enterprises. We came perilously close to losing the interest of a major investor in the Saldanha IDZ after he became entangled in red tape while negotiating with Transnet. No infrastructure development programme on its own can grow our economy, unless this infrastructure is expertly and efficiently managed to build partnerships with the private sector and to deliver a quality service. This applies particularly to state owned enterprises responsible for maintaining the running of South Africa's rail and energy sectors.

Climate Change and building a Green Economy is also one of our government's priorities.

At the end of last year, South Africa hosted the United Nations Climate Change conference, at which it was decided by the Parties to adopt a legal agreement on climate change as soon as possible, but no later than 2015. This 17th Conference of the Parties left us with some clear messages. First, there will be no escape from obligations to reduce our carbon emissions. Second, we - as a country, province and citizens of South Africa - need to start now to prepare ourselves for a very different future. To achieve that, we need leadership, courage and commitment. In the Western Cape we intend to build a dynamic green economy - one that offsets the costs and consequences of climate change with growth, and jobs.

Therefore, it is our firm intention to position this province as the green economic hub of South Africa. As a start, we will create a new and exciting platform, 110% GREEN, to stimulate new ideas, provide opportunity for everyone to participate and most importantly, promote practical action. This initiative will be launched shortly.

Already, the Atlantis Green Manufacturing Hub has been established, with renewable energy companies in discussions with us, as we prepare for the roll-out of wind and solar energy farms. Our green economy partnership, GreenCape, is fully established and played a key role in securing the increased local content requirements for renewable energy projects announced recently by the National Department of Energy.

Our government is finalising the draft Green Procurement White Paper, which will provide general principles and guidelines for integrating environmental criteria into supply chain management - a first in the country. Among our strategic objectives is a 100% commitment to 10% energy and water savings in provincially-owned offices and other selected buildings including hospitals.

Mr Speaker, we are keen to stretch the envelope. Recent amendments to the National Building Regulations require solar water heaters and other energy saving devices in new buildings and certain types of renovations. We want to investigate the potential of further electricity savings through placing the same conditions on property transfers.

Our government also remains committed to increasing the number of skilled people in our province. One of the biggest challenges we face is to align skills development programmes to meet the demands of our growing economy. The scale of the problem is highlighted by the fact that there are over 600 000 unemployed graduates in South Africa despite the fact that there are around 850 000 vacancies for skilled professionals. This is mismatch on a grand scale and we need to work together with education and training institutions to align supply with demand.

During 2010/2011 our Work and Skills programme resulted in 569 jobs being facilitated and sustained. Our strategic partnership with the wholesale and retail SETA resulted in our government leveraging R7.2 million for the programme and securing hosting opportunities with employers in this sector. 40 learners also received the opportunity to work in the boiler making, welding and fitting environment through the South African Oil and Gas Alliance.

I will also be making an exciting announcement early next month on the launch of a significant skills development and work experience programme we are implementing in the provincial government.

However, if we hope to alleviate the current skills shortage in our province we need to ensure that every child learns to read, write and calculate, and that we increase the number of maths and science matric pass rates and university entrance passes in the province.

Providing access to quality Education and Healthcare

Mr Speaker, in 2009 we inherited an education system that was failing the majority of the children in the Western Cape. The matric pass rate had suffered a year-on-year decline for five consecutive years, while literacy and numeracy levels in grades 3, 6 and 9 were staggeringly low.

In 2010 we introduced a 10-point plan to turn the situation around. It involved:

Testing all grade 3s, 6s and 9s every year for literacy and numeracy competence. We are the only province to have rolled out these systemic independent tests, which also provide a diagnostic assessment of our provincial education system. Last year, over 240 000 Grade 3, 6 and 9 learners were tested - three times the number of learners tested in the past eight years. It was also the second year in a row that all three Grades were tested in both state and independent schools;
Setting outcomes targets for every school. Unbelievably, until we came into government in the Western Cape, there was no focus on measurable outcomes in education management. Now every principal knows what his or her target is for the year, and they are able to work towards it from day one;
Holding principals, circuit and district managers accountable for the outcomes in their schools. The Western Cape Provincial School Education Act, passed last year, makes provision for performance agreements for principals and deputy principals. The department has subsequently undertaken a series of consultations with relevant stakeholders on the implementation of these performance agreements and in the next few months we will be launching a pilot, focused on linking school principals to performance contracts;
Insisting that teachers spend more time in the classroom. Time-on-task remains one of the foundational principles that guide our turnaround in education;
Provision for intensive teacher training and development. Last year, approximately 1150 teachers attended 30 training programmes and over 2000 attended school holiday training courses and conferences. The department also released a planning calendar for the upcoming school year, which includes a number of compulsory programmes and workshops for all educators in the province;
A massive new investment in textbooks to ensure every child in the Western Cape learns in a text-rich environment. Last year, Minister Grant announced that his department would ensure that every learner from Grades 1 to 12 will have a textbook in every subject she is taking. This has been a first in South Africa. In order to fulfil this commitment the Western Cape Education Department plans to invest R466 million in texts over the next four years. This is far beyond the national norm for textbook allocation. By the end of last year, we had delivered more than two million books to schools including mathematics textbooks for Grade one learners, another first;
Ensuring that resources are directed at schools most in need. For example, 40% of learners in the Western Cape attend no-fee schools and last year we spent over R20 million to cover the cost of poorer learners exempt from paying schools fees. We spend six times more on each learner in the poorest public schools than we do on each learner in the least poor public schools; and
A massive new investment in education infrastructure. We have increased our schools maintenance budget by 46% in the last two years. Our plans for the next two years include building 8 new schools and replacing 23 current school buildings. We also aim to build 768 new classrooms and replace 583 current classrooms by the end of next year. By the end of the 2011/2012 financial year, 11 new schools and 5 replacement schools will have been completed, as well as 570 classrooms.
While we realise that the impact of many of these interventions will only be seen in the years to come, we have already begun to see some progress in improving learner outcomes in the province.

In 2010, we reversed the six year decline in the matric pass rate. Last year, we saw a further 6% improvement in the pass rate from 76.8% to 82.9%, making the Western Cape the best performing province in the country.

Even more encouraging is that we have improved the retention rate in our province by approximately 15% in the past two years, which means many thousands of children are staying in school longer and getting more education than used to be the case. We still have a long way to go however, and by 2019 aim to ensure that 90% of children in the Western Cape stay in school or attend another educational institution until the age of 18.

Last year, 800 more learners qualified for Bachelor Degree study than in 2010, despite the very much smaller matric cohort due to the introduction in 2000, of the requirement that children could only start grade one in the year they turn 7. And there was also a substantial increase in both maths and science pass rates over the past three years.

We also saw a remarkable reduction in the number of so called "under-performing schools" -that is those that achieved less than a 60% matric pass rate - the number of under-performing schools dropped from 78 during the previous year to 30 in 2011. But we all know, that is 30 too many. There is no place left to hide for these schools.

Mr Speaker, while all these achievements are encouraging, and give us renewed energy to build on the successes of the past two years; there is one set of outcomes to which I wish to give special attention today. This statistic is a source of extraordinary encouragement and reassures me that we can reverse the tragic legacy of apartheid education if we do the right things in the right way.

Mr Speaker, the percentage matric pass rate across schools serving the poorest members of our community has increased dramatically. The pass rate of the poorest 20% of schools has improved from 57% to 70%, while among schools in the poorest 3 quintiles; the increase has been from 59% in 2010 to 70% last year.

Mr Speaker, that is real redress. That is real opportunity creation. That is the foundation for real economic empowerment. That is real transformation. I regard the improvement in education outcomes among the poorest of the poor in the Western Cape as the single most outstanding achievement of this government to date.

Consider for example that the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha was ranked 9th in matric outcomes in the province last year. That is the first time ever that a township school in the Western Cape has made the top ten! And it is just the beginning.

Consider also the Imizamo Yethu Secondary School in Thembalethu in George that improved its pass rate from 27% in 2010 to 82% in 2011, and the Masiyile Senior Secondary School in Khayelitsha that achieved an 86.8% pass rate, up from 34% in 2010. This is the difference a new and motivated principal can make to a school.

These examples show what can be done despite difficult circumstances. I salute every one of the principals, teachers, staff, learners and their parents at these schools whose hard work and dedication serve as an inspiration for every school in the Western Cape. Nowhere is the "Better Together" approach more dramatically illustrated than here.

Mr Speaker, despite these successes, in fact because of them, our province's education system faces increasing pressure from growing enrolment numbers each year. Over the past three years there has been an increase of 13 609 learners in public ordinary schools from Grade R to Grade 12. The influx of learners from the Eastern Cape and other provinces has placed a major burden on our education budget, school infrastructure and resources, which we have to address within the context of underfunded annual general salary increases for educators.

Nevertheless, we are determined to achieve our objective, which is to provide every child in a Western Cape school an education that makes a productive and rewarding life possible for them. But every day we see how critical it is to reverse the catastrophic collapse of the Eastern Cape Education Department. It is impossible for the Western Cape to compensate for the failures of other provinces, indeed countries, on the limited budget we get, that is linked to the last but one general census. We all know how dramatically the population of this province has grown since then.

Speaker, another area facing escalating demand as a result of in-migration, is our provincial healthcare system. Compounding this problem is the growing burden of disease and the fact that approximately 80% of our health budget is being spent each year on diseases and injuries that could have been prevented if people had acted more responsibly.

Over 50% of injury related deaths in the province are a result of domestic violence and road accidents, often fueled by alcohol and drug abuse. "Lifestyle" diseases caused by smoking, a lack of exercise and poor eating habits are also placing an increasing burden on our health service.

While hundreds of millions of rands are spent each year on easily preventable diseases and injuries, many patients suffering from unavoidable illnesses and serious disabilities are turned away from our health facilities because there is no funding or resources available to treat them.

The injustice of this situation was recently highlighted in a meeting I had with Tarryn Corlett-Boden and Tina Botha from the Sunflower Fund. This organisation was formed in 1999 by parents whose children had contracted leukaemia, and in some cases had lost the battle against it. Their aim was to increase the number of bone marrow stem cell donors in an effort to source life-saving transplants for leukaemia and for other patients suffering from fatal blood disorders.

Over the past twelve years, the Sunflower Fund has single handedly expanded the South African Bone Marrow Registry from 1200 to over 64 000 donors. Ms Corlett-Boden and Ms Botha recently requested a meeting with me to discuss ways in which I could help promote their organisation through my role as Patron of the fund.

One has to question the priorities of a healthcare system that expects parents who have lost their children to leukaemia to expand and maintain the South African Bone Marrow Registry, without state funding. Surely, this is a basic function of any State that claims to have a functional health care system? Instead we spend billions of Rands each year on the entirely avoidable health consequences of unprotected sex with multiple partners and the violence engendered by drug and alcohol abuse.

Our government is committed to challenging and encouraging individuals to start taking responsibility for their health.

This underpins the Health Care 2020 strategy recently launched by Western Cape Minister of Health Theuns Botha.

It represents a shift to the prevention of disease and creating a state of wellness in the province, rather than an exclusive focus on treating illness. It cuts across a number of provincial government departments including Health, Education, Social Development, Community Safety, Human Settlements, Transport, Environment and Planning and focuses on building strategic partnerships with the private sector and civil society in order to place patients at the centre of the healthcare system and treating them according to their individual needs.

Over and above Health Care 2020, the Western Cape has continued to lead in a number of areas. For example, it has the highest TB cure rate in the country at 82.1% and has further decreased TB incidence from 948 cases per 100 000 people in 2008/09 to 883 per 100 000 in 2010/11.

We also continue to have the lowest incidence of mother to child transmission of HIV/Aids in the country and by the end of the third quarter of 2011/2012 this rate had dropped to 2.1%. Just over 20 000 new patients started receiving ARV treatment by last December and just over 107 000 remained in the treatment programme during the same period.

The provincial Department of Health also distributed 45 million male condoms during the first quarter of 2011/2012 and administered over one million Aids tests as part of the national government's counseling and testing campaign that ran between April 2010 and June 2011.

HIV/Aids prevention was also the focus of our government's 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence against Women and Children. Our "Weet en Wen" campaign encouraged people to know their HIV status by getting tested.

This campaign was part of our government's commitment to incentivise behaviour change in order to reduce the burden of disease in the province.

The results were encouraging. The latest statistics finalised and verified by the health department this week reveal that an additional 15,096 people were tested over a ten day period, compared to the average. In the Central Karoo district municipality 1029 people got tested over this 10-day period when the usual average is around 600 people per month.

We learnt a lot from this campaign, and we plan to run it again, sequentially, in various health districts, to maximise the benefits in every location. However, we will convene a meeting with healthcare stakeholders before we do so.

The construction of Khayelitsha District Hospital was completed in October and the first patients were transferred to the facility last month. I am very much looking forward to the official opening of the hospital on 17 April. However, the 24 hour emergency centre and the obstetrics and paediatrics wards are already fully operational.

The construction of Mitchell's Plain District Hospital is also on track and will be completed by October and fully commissioned by March 2013.

A number of district hospitals and clinics have also recently been renovated and upgraded including ARV treatment facilities at the Cross Roads, Gugulethu and Retreat clinics as well as repairs to district hospitals in Beaufort West, Vredendal and Riversdale.

Last month, Health Minister Theuns Botha also announced that our government will embark on a R1 billion revamp of Valkenberg Hospital. Seventeen buildings will be added to the complex and the bed capacity will increase from 92 to 432, which will contribute towards better care for psychiatric patients and drastically reduce the waiting lists of awaiting trial prisoners who need psychiatric observation. This will be the largest construction project yet undertaken by our provincial government and will be completed in July 2016. There has been a disturbing and very sharp increase in the number of patients requiring hospitalisation as a result of drug abuse, particularly Tik - another entirely preventable chronic condition that is very expensive to manage.

Creating the conditions for increased Social Inclusion

Mr Speaker, drug and alcohol abuse are the key drivers of the social dysfunction and family break-down that ravage this province. Unless we can come to grips with this scourge, we will not achieve our objective of increasing social inclusion and alleviating poverty.

It is estimated that alcohol abuse is associated with at least 80% of murders while drugs, in particular Tik, are one of the main drivers of violent crime, including aggravated robbery.

Individuals under the influence of a substance (alcohol or drugs) are also more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour and are more at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/Aids.

As a consequence we designed and launched a comprehensive strategy in 2010, to combat substance abuse. Now we have successfully introduced and implemented a number of initiatives outlined in that strategy.

This includes re-establishing a Western Cape Substance Abuse Forum that embraces our "Better Together" approach by representing all stakeholders who are working together to deal with this plague. Other initiatives' include:

An increase of R24 million in the budget to fight substance abuse, bringing the budget to R67.4-million;
Expanding subsidised spaces in drug treatment programmes to over 4800, an increase of more than 1000;
18 new treatment centres in the province in partnership with a number of NGOs;
A successful partnership with three Western Cape universities in order to create post-graduate and undergraduate courses in addiction treatment services; and
The launching of a TV campaign designed to challenge the misconceptions South Africans have about alcohol and alcohol abuse. The Health Department is currently negotiating with one of our national TV broadcasters to air the series on their channel.
The single largest intervention to reduce alcohol abuse and its related harms in the province is, of course, the implementation of the Western Cape Liquor Act, which we passed in 2009 and which, among other things, will control access to alcohol in residential areas. The Act seeks to implement the "high street model" creating zones where alcohol may legally be sold and consumed. These high streets will provide secure business environments with increased lighting, policing, pedestrian walkways and partnerships with taxi associations to ensure that people drink more responsibly and get home safely. During my recent fact-finding visit to Namibia, I learnt a great deal about how they implemented the "high street model" and its encouraging results. In Kuisebmond, for example, the number of criminal cases dropped from around 70 per week to 15, after illegal liquor outlets were closed in residential areas.

This pattern was also seen in Nyanga in 2010, when a major four-day operation resulted in 400 shebeens being closed across seven policing districts over the festive season, leading to a significant drop in serious and violent crime.

Our Liquor Act seeks to achieve similar sustained outcomes.

We will also be cracking down on distributors and retailers who supply an estimated 25 000 illegal shebeens currently operating in residential communities. Under the new Act they will be liable for penalties that include very heavy fines, jail terms and the seizure of assets. It is long past time that we did something dramatic to manage the disintegration of families and communities through alcohol and drug abuse.

The implementation plan for the Liquor Act was passed by Cabinet at the end of August and nominations for the board of the Western Cape Liquor Authority closed on 27 January. It will be established by 1 April. This day may be popularly known as April Fool's but we want to make it clear: we will NOT be fooling around when it comes to alcohol and drugs.

It is also crucial that the criminal justice system plays its role when it comes to tackling drug related crime. I would therefore like to congratulate the SAPS for their recent arrests of high-flying crime bosses.

Police investigations have found that these prominent underworld bosses are allegedly the key players controlling the flow of drugs into our communities, in particular the Cape Flats.

It is imperative that we stem this flow at its source and that Government and law enforcement agencies send a clear message to these kingpins that we will not stand back while they target our children with their criminal activities. We are committed to continue working with the Police to keep up the pressure on these criminal syndicates.

However, the recent admission by Western Cape Police Commissioner General Lamoer that the R12 billion worth of drugs confiscated over the past twelve months is just the tip of the iceberg highlights just how serious this problem is.

That is why our government believes that the reinstatement of specialised drug and gang units by the SAPS is a policing need and priority for the Western Cape.

Specialised units have proven to be effective in the past, until they were disbanded by the national government. Specialised units enable dedicated teams to work on specific crime categories, and develop the expertise required to investigate, detect, arrest and ensure successful convictions in the underground world of sophisticated organised crime.

At the end of last year, Minister Dan Plato tabled the re-establishment of specialised units at a MINMEC meeting and we will continue lobbying the National Minister of Police through every channel available.

This is one component of the "Better Together" approach we are taking to make the province a safer place to live, work and learn.

Although we have a limited constitutional mandate in this regard, I wish to draw attention to two prongs of our safety strategy.

First, we will fully embrace the oversight function provided for provinces in the Constitution, something that no provincial government has done before. To this end, we are introducing a Western Cape Community Safety Bill to give effect to our Constitutional oversight responsibility. The purpose is to improve policing significantly. The Bill was approved by Cabinet in December and was published for comment in yesterday's government gazette.

Key provisions include:

Ensuring that this provincial government determines the policing needs and priorities of the Province, as provided for in the Constitution, and enabling us to hold the SAPS to account for this;
The establishment, administration and maintenance of an integrated information system to give the Provincial Government the management information we need to focus resources on the key locations and root causes of crime;
A requirement that the Provincial Police Commissioner and the Metro Police provide regular written reports to the Provincial Minister of Community Safety on a number of indicators, for example, the number of firearms issued to police officials in the province that have been lost or stolen, the number of persons arrested during the month, the number of cases referred to court, the number of those cases that have been prosecuted and the number of convictions, the allocation of budget and resources and the number of complaints about police misconduct and criminal cases against police officers. This information is crucial if we are going to provide effective oversight. We will not tolerate cover-ups;
The establishment of an Ombud with far-reaching powers to investigate reports of police corruption, abuse of power, or service delivery failures;
Support for the voluntary accreditation of neighbourhood watches. The Provincial Minister may also provide for the training of neighbourhood watches and enable them to submit reports on incidents of crime in the areas in which they operate;
The maintenance of a database of community organisations that are actively involved in community safety initiatives and to provide support to these organisations. Community organisations on the database will also report information on incidents of crime to the Head of Department, to assist in the determination of the Province's policing needs and priorities and to secure the greatest possible statistical accuracy in order to guide the right interventions; and
The registration of private security service providers and a requirement for them to provide information on their areas of operation. This is a topical issue given the news prominence of an organisation providing "bouncing services" to Cape Town clubs.
Issued by the Office of the Western Cape Premier, February 17 2012
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Congratulations Ms Zille on a great performance.
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She's right about alcohol and drug abuse being the drivers to violent crime.
Cut down the availability and prevalence of this means more stable homes, healthier population, and investment due to better standards and productivity of its citizens
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The psychotic activity of the ANC after losing Bitou:

Is ANC trying to make Bitou ungovernable? - Helen Zille

22 February 2012

DA to meet with WCape police commissioner after municipality's offices torched

I will be requesting a meeting with the Western Cape Police Commissioner, Arno Lamoer, to discuss the problem of politically-motivated violence perpetrated against the DA-governed Bitou municipality after the alleged arson at the council's head offices in Plettenberg Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning.

This follows the call last year by the ANC's Southern Cape Regional Secretary, Putco Mapitisa, for all DA-led councils to be made ungovernable. The effects of this call were acute in the first few months of the new DA-led Bitou council's term, with the municipality being forced to get a court interdict to stop the ANC from disrupting council meetings.

Sunday's fire was started in the wing where both the mayor and municipal manager's offices are based. A window was broken and flammable liquid was poured into a ground floor office.

This part of the building was probably targeted due to the highly-flammable dry-wall petitions used in the offices. Extensive damage has been caused to the building, including smoke damage stretching some 50 metres down the corridors.

This is just the latest incident in the continuing trend of political violence in Bitou:

Criminal charges have been laid against local ANC leaders in Qolweni for demolishing shacks belonging to supporters of other parties and forcibly removing people from the area
Executive Mayor Memory Booysen has received numerous anonymous phone-calls by people referring to him as a "dog" and threatening to kill him. Mr Booysen currently is forced to wear a bulletproof-vest.
Local business leaders have gone on record during a meeting with the council to say that the ANC ward councillor in Qolweni is actively involved in orchestrating the violence
Recently, security has been stepped up at the home of Deputy Mayor, Adam Van Ryhner, after death threats were received
It is clear from recent events that the ANC is actively involved in attempting to make the council ungovernable. This campaign aims to use violence and fear to undermine the work of the elected DA-led council. The DA will not be deterred by attempts to stop us from delivering opportunities and better services for all the people where we govern.

I look forward to taking this matter up with Commissioner Lamoer before it spirals out of control and lives are lost.

Statement issued by DA leader, Helen Zille, February 22 2012

The shambles found in Paarl post-elections:

Anatomy of a municipality under ANC control
Gesie van Deventer
22 February 2012


Mayor Gesie van Deventer on what the DA found when it took over Drakenstein

Speech by Adv. Gesie van Deventer, Executive Mayor: Drakenstein, Tabling of 2011/12 Adjusted Budget for Drakenstein Municipality, Council chambers, Paarl, February 22 2012

Budget overview

The 2011/12 Adjusted Budget that I am tabling today, is the product of the immense work the new DA-led council has put in over the short period of just over eight months since we took office in mid-2011.

Allow me to use this opportunity to thank my colleagues on the Mayoral Committee as well as the hard-working and dedicated officials who have been instrumental in this process.

After a thorough analysis of Drakenstein Municipality's financial position, we are today presenting a budget aimed at achieving two things:

financial stability, and
improved delivery of services over time.
The proposed Expenditure Adjustment Budget is R1, 199, 885, 534

The proposed Operational Revenue Adjustment Budget is R1, 254, 105, 965

Capital Budget per IDP Strategic Objective Adjustment Budget is R320, 261, 231

Therefore, the Capital Adjustment Budget and Operational Adjustment Budget for the 2011/12 Adjusted Budget totals R1, 520, 146, 765

The Mayco member for Finance will outline the details of the budget shortly in his presentation.

Drakenstein under the ANC-led Council

Colleagues, I would like to use this opportunity to set out a few home truths about what has happened in this Municipality over the past few years.

The fact of the matter is that we inherited an administration in financial meltdown. And don't just take my word for it. Since 2007, the financial stability rating of the Municipality had steadily declined on all indicators according to municipal ratings agency, Ratings Afrika.

By 2011, ratings for the Municipality's financial position, operating performance and liabilities management had all dropped, in some cases by as much as half.

Of particular concern was the Municipality's liquidity, which declined to the extent that Ratings Afrika identified this as the single "biggest threat to the financial stability of the Municipality".

It is clear from this downward trend that if the ANC had remained in charge of Drakenstein for another five years, the Municipality would almost certainly have fell into serious financial trouble.

Since taking office, our own analysis has revealed that -- between 2008 and 2011 -- outstanding debt owed to the Municipality escalated from R209 million to R298 million.

We found that money that should have been spent on service delivery was instead being spent on paying salaries and benefits. By 2011, the Municipality's staff costs had risen to nearly 30% of the operational cost.

In fact, by the time the ANC's 5-year term in charge had come to an end, the Municipality had become experts in what can only be called "creative accounting" to hide the financial decline in Drakenstein.

Since 2009, the money the Municipality had in the bank had dropped from R181.8 million to just R166.2 while total creditors for the same period increased from R160.5 million to R220 million.

Not surprisingly, by the end of the 2010/11 financial year, Drakenstein was facing a R53.8 million actual shortfall on its commitments.

The Municipality's worsening financial position was beginning to have an acute effect on its ability to deliver for residents.

According to the Auditor-General's latest report, senior officials began manipulating information on the Municipality's performance in an attempt to keep the inability to deliver away from public scrutiny.

Housing projects had practically come to a standstill, with some planned developments being delayed since as far back as 2004. Only 120 houses were delivered during the last financial year.

Money which should have been spent on maintaining and developing infrastructure was instead used to pay the operating expenses of the Municipality.

This is evident in the original 2011/12 budget, which the ANC approved before it lost power and which the DA had inherited.

Our analysis of the budget revealed that capital expenditure grants worth R53.371 million were instead budgeted to pay for the operational expenses of the Municipality.

Further discrepancies were evident in the budgeting for bulk electricity. We identified a R12.4 million shortfall due to the CFO using the previous budgeted figure on electricity and not the expected actual figure.

Provision was also not made for R34 million in loans the Municipality had not redeemed, nor was the R2.7 million in interest budgeted for.

Drakenstein under the ANC had become what you might call a "shell" municipality - it looked normal from the outside, but when you looked closer it had no substance. Therefore it did not actually deliver the services that people need. It did not actually function as a municipality should.

Progress despite a uncooperative environment

When the DA dispensation assumed office, we began to uncover the extent of the ANC-dominated Council's inadequate planning and budgeting. It became clear that we would have to make adjustments to the Municipality's budget in order to stabilize the Municipality's financial position.

Without a healthy financial situation, a municipality's ability to deliver services over time will erode. In the seven and a half months the DA has been in charge, major steps have been taken to get Drakenstein back on track.

When we took office last year, we were met with hostility from certain sectors of the administration.
In some cases, officials actively refused to cooperate or communicate with us.

Let me give you just one example of this. On the very first morning we arrived at work, we were faced with a situation where the municipality's filing records were dumped in a mess in the middle of the Mayco office floor.

For the first few months, vital information requested by us on the Municipality's finances was not forthcoming. From day one we did not have sufficient telephone lines or computer equipment. It took quite some time to establish a functional work environment.

We forged ahead with business nevertheless, at times bringing our own equipment and stationary from home so that we could get on with work.

Concerns for personal safety were also a major factor. Our offices were unlawfully entered into a number of times and documents were removed.

Despite being forced to contend with this initial uncooperative working environment, we've managed to get many things right.

We started by getting the right people to fix the financial management system, so that we could get quality information and reports on the status of the Municipality.

We were able to use this information to conduct a thorough analysis of the financial position of the Municipality.

On the Auditor General's recommendation, we reinstated the forensic investigation into the Municipal Manager and Executive Director: Corporate Services.

Both had been implicated in an irregular tender for the procurement of flags for the 2010 World Cup.

Once the investigations had been finalized, we acted in terms of municipal law by beginning disciplinary hearings into the conduct of these two officials as well as the CFO.

All the mentioned officials have since resigned, before the disciplinary proceedings commenced.
My commitment to Drakenstein is that all these vacant positions thus created, shall be filled with people who are fit for purpose and who are committed to service delivery in Drakenstein.

The adjusted budget that I am tabling today is the product of all the careful analysis and work we have put in over a short period of time in order to turn the situation at Drakenstein around.

Under the DA dispensation

I am proud to announce today, that we have taken control of the inherited adverse financial situation and we have been able to ensure through this adjusted budget that:

There will be no increase in rates and taxes for the 2011/12 financial year;
Basic service delivery and housing delivery will continue unaffected;
Poorer residents will continue to receive 10 kilolitres of water per household, higher than the national guidelines of 6 kilolitres; they will also receive 100 kilowatt hours of electricity per household, which is higher than the national guideline of 50 kilowatt hours;
All essential vacancies will be filled;
All capital expenditure projects already committed to will continue;
All projects that are required to comply with legislation will continue;
The council will be in a better position to continue capital expenditure projects in the coming financial years.
We have managed to achieve all this under tough financial circumstances.

Through careful financial planning, we were able to save R97.1 million on the Municipality's operational expenditure.

We did this primarily by cutting all the "nice-to-have" expenditure that the previous administration had budgeted for. The Municipality will use what is essential to keep its operations going and all luxuries will be cut.

Savings on the capital budget to the value of R35.5 million were also made.

Capital projects to which the municipality has not yet committed, will be incorporated into the 2012/13 budget. In many instances we were able to make savings on these projects by identifying poor planning and budgeting on the part of the previous administration.

To keep capital projects going, we will seek a loan of R70 million that will be paid back over time and in a responsible manner. We will also ensure that under the DA-led council, the Municipality will now register for all grants and subsidies due to it for infrastructure development.

On top of ensuring financial stability, we have also been able to unlock housing delivery in a way that the previous ANC-led council had failed to do for years.

The Drommedaris Housing Project, blocked since 2004 due to tender problems and poor budgeting, was finally initiated in December 2011. This project is set to deliver 1 500 low-cost homes for poorer residents.

In addition, we are also in the process of unblocking four other housing projects that have been delayed for so many years under the ANC.

Conclusion

The first few months of our term of office have been challenging to say the least. But, as we table this budget today, we are more determined than ever to realise our vision for Drakenstein Municipality.

I commit to the Council and Community today, that by the end of the DA's term of office, this will be among the best-governed municipalities in the country. This will be a municipality that delivers services for all and enables the local economy to create jobs through growth.

We are committed to creating an environment that encourages investment in our local economy. Through the rolling out of infrastructure and the aggressive canvassing of people and businesses to invest in our towns, we will make life better for residents.

I would like to thank my team, and the Acting CFO and his team, once again for the immense work that was put into creating an adjusted budget that will put the Municipality in a strong position to realise our vision in the coming years.

What is required now is for all of us to get behind the Council and its vision to ensure that we deliver for all residents in Drakenstein.

I wish to thank all the officials who bought into the new responsible financial direction we have taken in order to ensure the turnaround in the Drakenstein Municipality.

I want to stress to my Community that they can trust we shall overcome any adversary resulting from the inherited financial or administrative position.

I, as Mayor and leader of my team, am confident that we have embarked on a sound strategy to ensure clean, effective and good governance to all.

The DA will deliver as promised and will deliver to every citizen within the boundaries of Drakenstein irrespective of the political affiliation they belong to.

I thank you.
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Not sure why you limit this to Cape Town, the ANC have lost the plot full stop! Time is running out for the ANC to be ousted en masse and I for one am scared to see what will happen when the DA starts winning more provinces (I'm not a religious guy but this is something I would pray for!).

Scum is an understatement of today's ANC. They well and truly do not give a fsck anymore about South Africa, and they have far breached the point of caring to hide it.
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The vicious power-hunger of the ANC WCape
Theuns Botha
23 March 2012


DA provincial leader says Marius Fransman appears willing to stop at nothing
A month in the life of Marius Fransman & Project reclaim


In November last year, the DA finished a six-month investigation into the ANC's Project Reclaim. We handed a dossier over to the SAPS on 28 November.

In that dossier, were affidavits and documents leaked from within the ANC's chest cavity, which showed how the party was planning to reverse the democratic outcomes of eight Western Cape Municipalities.

In other words, to undo the democratic outcome and to disrespect the choice of the electorate. Their plan was to do anything necessary to reclaim control of eight local councils, including bribery and the fomenting of violent protest.

We gave the police the evidence, but they never investigated. In fact, on 12 January the police, through provincial spokesperson Capt. Frederick van Wyk, told media that they will not investigate the charges laid by the DA because, I quote, the "crime of bribery was repealed as early as 1992 by the law on corruption".

Honourable Speaker, no such law was adopted in 1992. The DA pointed out at the time that the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act clearly allows for prosecution on bribery. There can be no doubt about this - bribery is a criminal offence!

I am able to share with this House today, what the ANC and Mr Fransman have been doing for the past month, because we have affidavits documenting every move Mr Fransman has made during this time.

On the 3rd of February, Mr Fransman attempted to fly two DA councillors from Grabouw to Johannesburg, to meet him and others to negotiate their defection to the ANC.

Earlier that day Mr Fransman had his local operators, John Michels, Duncan Korabie and the man who holds the ANC's purse strings, Fezile Calana, meet with the two councillors at their home in Grabouw.

Affidavits details how these councillors were offered cash, jobs and positions in the council, if only they would defect to the ANC. Again, this is bribery by the ANC and a criminal offence.

In fact, Mr Michels threatened the councillors that if they don't sign a motion of no confidence in the Theewaterskloof mayor, he will make their wards, and I quote, "ungovernable" - inciting public unrest - again, a criminal offence!

Mr Michels also said that he will exploit over-crowding at a school in Grabouw by using school-children to turn a DA councillor's ward, and I quote, "upside down".

Two weeks later Mr Fransman and his team were again at work, this time in Ceres, in the Witzenberg municipality. Residents reported that they saw Mr Fransman along with Mr Korabie, who was also in Grabouw, visit the ward of a local DA councillor.

Four days later a motion of no-confidence in the mayor was handed in at the Witzenberg municipality, with a DA councillor, Petrus Heradien's signature on it.

Needless to say Mr Heradien was expelled as a member of the DA before the ANC could pass that motion. The ANC was so arrogant to even go to court to get it passed - and the case was then dismissed, with costs.

Then, on 17 February Mr Fransman makes another trip to Grabouw to hold a public meeting in the streets, because he's managed to negotiate the defection of Catharine Booysen-Nefdt, a local DA councillor.

This is a small victory for Project Reclaim because now they can force the residents of Grabouw to go back to the polls and vote again like they did in May last year - when residents chose the DA!

But Mr Fransman realizes that he still doesn't have enough leverage to take over the municipality, so the ANC resorts back to their Plan B.

Now let me tell this house in no uncertain terms what happened this week. At the beginning of this year, 600 extra children needed to be registered late in January at the Umyezo Wama Apile school in Grabouw.

The Western Cape Education Department immediately got to work to find an education solution for the children, because it is the job of this government to provide quality education, even when the unexpected happens.

In just one month, the problem was solved. As early as the 8th March the Department told the school's Leadership, and the parents of the Umyezo School's Governing Body, that 18 mobile classrooms will be ready by 10 April.

In one term the WCED solved the problem of severe over-crowding at a school in this province. This education solution was found faster than any government, anywhere else in the country could do it.

Yet on 19 March, nearly two weeks later, John Michels is again leading a protest in Grabouw, this time more violent than any of the previous weeks. The madness leads to an attempted arson at another school in the area.

In fact, residents became so angry with John Michels that he had to go into hiding. Now it's not the children of Umyezo's education that's being disrupted by Mr Michels, it's the education of the entire town's children.

That's what caused the racial tension in Grabouw - and that's the result of what John Michels planned over a month ago, at the bidding of the ANC and Marius Fransman's Project Reclaim.

The question is - is this how Marius Fransman and the ANC spend Human Rights Week?

Going around stirring up violence?

Disrupting the education of innocent school children?

Turning a community against one another?

It's sick. And it's vicious power-hunger in the worst form, but what the ANC forgets is that power is nothing without responsibility.

Project Reclaim aims to unseat the democratically elected DA in certain Councils. The real sufferers from the ANC's Project Reclaim is not the DA, but the people living in our local communities who were forced to experience the destabilizing effects of this undemocratic political ploy of the ANC.

Because we know everything about Project Reclaim, this project becomes more and more problematic for the ANC to succeed with.

Governance is about taking on the responsibility to ensure that rights and opportunities of all citizens are catered for. If the ANC is prepared to trample over democracy and foment violence to get into power, I shudder to think about what it will do once the power is theirs...

Honourable Speaker, I want to convey my sympathies to all the residents of Grabouw who had to endure such violence and hardship in their community this week because of the ANC's Project Reclaim.

The people of Grabouw can rest assured that an education solution has been found for their children, and that their right to an education is, and will be, safe in the hands of the DA-ruled Western Cape Government.

We are also doing everything we can to force the police to deal with the organized hooligans in that town so that learners can go to school, people can go to work, and peacefully live lives that they value.

Issued by the DA Western Cape, March 22 2012
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HAHA! The quality of opposition in the WC is pathetic: This said, whilst ANC-held Durban also hosted them? *FACEPALM



Man U game ‘was waste of money’

July 26 2012 at 11:29am
By Bronwynne Jooste

INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

The ANC in Cape Town says the Manchester United match, which will cost the city more than R3 million, was a waste of money.

While the city argues that the match has garnered much publicity for Cape Town, the ANC says it was another example of how the city failed to prioritise the needs of its citizens.

ANC chief whip Xolani Sotashe told the Cape Argus that the match did not benefit many residents.

“People don’t eat publicity. Again the city is projecting itself as an efficient and tourist city, while people in the townships go to bed without food. We cannot imagine the fact that the city will run an activity at the expense of the poor because it wants publicity. It’s a waste of money.”

During a full council meeting on Wednesday, the “real cost” of the event was also questioned by Andre Fourie of the Freedom Front Plus and the PAC’s Anwar Adams.

It emerged that the city had not generate a huge direct profit from hosting the United-Ajax clash at the weekend, but must fork out R3.5m to Primedia Sport, which initially brought the proposal to host the match to the city.

Also during the meeting, calls for a dramatic change in the way the R4 billion stadium operates were finally heeded. More than 200 councillors gave their support for projects to make it financially sustainable. They agreed that the city should approach the provincial ministries of Local Government and of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning to change the record of decision on the stadium and Green Point Park.

This follows the findings of an external consultant on possible business models for the stadium, which suggested that restrictions be relaxed, paving the way for restaurants, memorabilia stores and nightclubs. It also stressed the importance of securing a major tenant.

The city is still in talks with the Western Province Rugby and Football Union about a possible move from Newlands to the Green Point venue.

Regarding the R3.5m owed to Primedia,

Brett Herron, the acting mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, said no price could be attached to the publicity received – the game’s true value was its global marketing of the city for tourism and events.

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Old July 26th, 2012, 01:07 PM   #1231
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How fucking stupid are they? In any event, if you are going to host any team in the world that a majority of poorer Capetonians want to see, Man U would be top of that list!

Dumb ass fucks.
And by the way, the more tourist ready CT is, the exposure it has, the more tourist come to the city...all means there are more jobs. And they are entry level jobs as well...tourism is one of the best industries at employing entry level and lower skills ie perfect for helping alleviate poverty.

And it is not so much what the ANC say...after all, it is just politics. The irritating thing is that so many of the poor will believe them...they have been told that Cape Town is now racist...and that is as far as they will think.

Anyway, let's see these muppets explain how Durbans match 'benefitted the poor', whilst Cape Towns match was an insult to the poor...
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Old July 26th, 2012, 01:19 PM   #1232
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And what are their thoughts on how the rest of the country is forking out untold tens of millions to host AFCON matches with no direct income figures guaranteed?
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Old July 26th, 2012, 02:42 PM   #1233
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It's just opportunistic politicking guys, no need to try and find the logic in it - there is none
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Old July 26th, 2012, 04:00 PM   #1234
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Annman its what the opposition always says...

In Cape Town the ANC said it was a waste of money and jump on the bandwagon blaming the DA... in Durban the DA did the exact same thing to the ANC.

When it comes to events like this rather do not listen to either political party because both are full of their own crap
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Old July 26th, 2012, 04:58 PM   #1235
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That comment is slightly out of context: If you were following the "quality of opposition" in the Cape on a daily basis and the utterly unintelligent, hypocritical, racially-charged tirades that come out of Xolani, Ehrenreich and Fransman's mouths daily, you'd understand why we think this is a big joke. It's simply a cherry on the cake and not necessarily the whole dessert.

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Old July 26th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #1236
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well obviously i do not follow cape politics, nor actually any politics at all. but my comment on this still stands, because the DA said word for word what the ANC have said here about Man U in Durban.
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Old July 26th, 2012, 05:36 PM   #1237
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Cool dude... that's awesome.
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Old July 26th, 2012, 05:53 PM   #1238
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political campaign hit a brick wall neh, mxm eish... Lol
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They clearly did not hear the feedback on radio stations on Monday. People raved!
If anyone should be worried, it should be WP because there is a growing support for the new stadium.
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DA government needs to start doing something about the vast amount of service delivery protests that has been taking place in recent months. - Not good. Not good enough.

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