UPDATE: DA locked and loaded for 2019
REKORD EAST / 09 APRIL 2018 - 10.07 / LIAM NGOBENI
Metro mayor Solly Msimanga lost his bid for party chair at the DA party congress at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria this weekend.
Msimanga lost to Nelson Mandela Bay counterpart Athol Trollip, while leader Mmusi Maimane was re-elected for a second term unopposed.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane Photo: Liam Ngobeni
Over 2000 delegates and DA members voted for the new leadership.
Maimane commended the new leaders, saying members had shown confidence in them and they now had the responsibility to serve the DA with passion and devotion.
He said the party had reaffirmed its purpose as democrats not to fight for only a better-behaved ANC, but for an entirely new government for South Africa.
He said the party had set its sights on winning Gauteng and Northern Cape.
“I am confident that our governments in Tshwane and Johannesburg have begun to show the residents of Gauteng what we can do if they vote for us to govern this province next year,” he said.
“We can bring real change to this province, and our record shows it.”
He said the DA would address serious public healthcare problems by building more clinics and bringing back nursing colleges and cement cities and towns as the centres of economic growth.
Maimane said the party had challenged the ANC’s VAT increase “not only because it is the ANC refilling the coffers they have looted, but because we must protect mothers who are already struggling to feed their children”.
He said the first priority of his party’s economic policy and singular obsession in government was getting jobs for South Africans.
With 17 million people receiving social grants and over 50 percent living in poverty, the DAwanted to get people between the ages of 18 and 34 into employment.
He said other resolutions debated were:
– introducing a job-seekers’ allowance of R150 a month for unemployed people between 18 and 34
– rolling out national job centres and a national civilian service year to provide work experience for unemployed school leavers
– the expansion of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)
– a job-seekers’ exemption certificate to give the unemployed the right to enter into employment agreements on conditions they find comfortable
– raising the child grant to what it actually costs to feed a child
– expanding access to tertiary institutions with the roll-out of “open” online courses
– committing the party to the development and implementation of land reform policies that extend property ownership, attract investment and create employment
– lifestyle audits for politicians and public servants
– devolving policing responsibility to provinces and metros
– converting TVET colleges into specialist colleges
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