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Cape Town’s Day Zero delayed until July

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2018 Day Zero has again been pushed back by another month as daily water use in the drought-stricken province drops by three-million litres, with the average consumption averaging 523-million litres a day. While still short of the 450-million-litre a day target, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi... 

Ramaphosa should shift to green energy – Greenpeace

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 Environmental organisation Greenpeace is demanding newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa takes urgent action on energy policy in South Africa. Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Friday, when he highlighted economic growth and combating corruption. 

From 'rejoicing' to 'good riddance', opposition parties react to Zexit

By: News24Wire      15th February 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is "rejoicing" at the news that Jacob Zuma has resigned as president, while the United Democratic Movement (UDM) says "good riddance". Zuma announced on Wednesday evening that, although he does not agree with his decision, he will resign as president of the... 

Day Zero pushed back to June as water users cut back

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th February 2018 Cape Town’s looming Day Zero has been pushed back to June 4, as Cape Town reduced its water use over the past week to an average of 529-million litres a day – the lowest daily consumption achieved to date. Last week, Day Zero, which had initially been expected to occur in April, had been further... 

Opposition parties want Parliament dissolved

By: News24Wire      12th February 2018 Opposition parties on Monday agreed that Parliament should be dissolved following a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. After the opposition parties represented in Parliament met on Monday, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said they have resolved that they want the motion of... 

'We cannot afford to lose momemtum now' – Maimane on water crisis

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday thanked Capetonians for playing their part in reducing water consumption in the City, but warned that it will require a collective effort to avert Day Zero. At a press briefing on several "demand management" techniques to further reduce... 

Opposition DA calls for SA State of Nation to be postponed

By: African News Agency      31st January 2018 The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for next month's State of the Nation address to be postponed to allow parliament to elect a new president of South Africa. In a statement on Wednesday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said he had written to the Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka... 

Plans for extra desalination plants at tender stage – city

By: News24Wire      31st January 2018 Cape Town's deputy mayor Ian Nielson says plans to build additional desalination plants in the city are currently at tender stage and could be announced in the next few weeks. Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane held a press conference on Tuesday, along with members of the City of Cape... 

Day Zero pushed back to April 16

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2018 Cape Town’s impending Day Zero has been pushed back by four days to April 16, as efforts to “defeat Day Zero” ramp up. The City of Cape Town on Tuesday said collaborative efforts to scale back water use was resulting in small, but significant victories, showing that “residents are coming together... 

'Our mandate for water provision and support knows no politics' – Nomvula Mokonyane

By: News24Wire      25th January 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane are looking for a scapegoat on the water crisis. "We will not be drawn into petty political squabbles while the people and economy of the Western Cape are on the... 

Water woes: Maimane, Zille shift blame to Nomvula Mokonyane 

By: News24Wire      24th January 2018 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane made it very clear on Wednesday that the responsibility to provide bulk water lay with the national Department of Water and Sanitation. Despite starting off his address by saying that "this is not a finger pointing exercise", both Maimane and Premier... 

Cape Town water crisis: Maimane to give details on 'what's really happening'

By: News24Wire      24th January 2018 Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane will brief the media on what is "really happening" regarding the water crisis in Cape Town during a visit to Athlone on Wednesday. "We are committed to avoiding #DayZero," the DA tweeted as the city council where Maimane's party is in the majority faces... 

A race to (or for) the bottom

By: Riaan de Lange     15th December 2017 “Ha ha ha ha ha. Yo, I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want. So tell me what you want, what you really, really want. I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want. So tell me what you want, what you really, really want.” These opening lyrics of the Spice Girls’ 1996 song,... 

Support Ramaphosa and we will not see a downgrade – Gordhan

By: News24Wire      24th November 2017 Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he should be given a chance to implement his "New Deal" proposal. "If we support Ramaphosa I can guarantee you we will not see a downgrade," said Gordhan. 

Maimane says govt must stop bailing out SAA

By: African News Agency      23rd October 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane, said on Monday that government could not afford to “throw billions” of rand at the loss-making national carrier, South African Airways (SAA), while four children a day die of starvation in the country. “Why keep subsidising the comparatively wealthy... 

Resources Watch  

     12th October 2017 This week: Chamber of Mines stands by its decision to boycott gala dinner; Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners, says Maimane And, ANC will heed Joburg Indaba call for removal of Minerals Minister, says Mkhize 

Improving miners’ lives best way of honouring Marikana victims – Zuma

By: African News Agency      9th October 2017 President Jacob Zuma has said he would not declare a commemorative day to mark the killing of miners at Marikana five years ago, as the most effective way of honouring the victims was to take practical steps to improve the lives of mining communities. Zuma was responding to a written... 

Rip up charter, provide tax incentives, back junior miners – Maimane 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2017 Mining Charter Three should be ripped up, proper tax incentives introduced and junior mining enterprises supported to restore investment in the mining industry, which is a stimulator of the South African economy as a whole, Opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday.... 

Business supports marches planned for next week

By: Sane Dhlamini     3rd August 2017 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has come out in support of the national action and planned marches around Parliament by various groupings, set to take place next Tuesday between 12:00 and 14:00, amid MPs much-anticipated voting in the motion of no confidence bought against President Jacob... 

Business should stay out of governing – Zwane on Mining Charter 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has defended the new Mining Charter. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the ANC's National Policy Conference in Johannesburg, Zwane said "business should do business" and leave governing and legislative decision-making to government. 

Zille’s antics a big disservice to the DA  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     16th June 2017 There is an interesting irony about the tension between Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane and his predecessor, Helen Zille. The irony lies less in the fact that Zille mentored Maimane but is more about how Zille changed the DA. Maimane, as the first black leader of the party, is a... 

DA opens criminal case against Zuma, 11 others

By: News24Wire      30th May 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) opened a criminal case against President Jacob Zuma and 11 others at the Cape Town Central Police Station on Tuesday. Accompanied by fellow MP and ex-prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, as well as MP Kevin Mileham, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said their "preliminary... 

DA asks Speaker to appoint ad hoc committee on State capture

By: African News Agency      29th May 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday asked Speaker Baleka Mbete to appoint an ad hoc parliamentary committee to probe ties between President Jacob Zuma, Cabinet ministers and the politically-connected Gutpa family, party leader Mmusi Maimane said on Monday. “Parliament is mandated by the... 

DA wants National Treasury to blacklist companies involved with Nkandla upgrades

By: African News Agency      25th April 2017 The leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane on Tuesday said not a single one of the 14 companies involved in the scandalous upgrades at Nkandla has been blacklisted, or “placed on the restricted supplier database”. “The Minister of Public Works Nathi Nhleko has revealed that 8 of the... 

Calls for Zuma’s head increase after S&P downgrades South Africa to junk status

By: African News Agency      4th April 2017 Pressure mounted on President Jacob Zuma to resign on Monday night as political parties laid South Africa’s downgrade to junk status by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) squarely at his feet. The country’s biggest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), described the downgrade as a vote of no... 

DA asks Mbete for urgent sitting over reshuffle

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip John Steenhuisen has written to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to ask for a debate of a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Parliament goes on recess for the Easter holidays on Friday, and only resumes in May. 

Fired ministers not lost to ANC – Duarte

By: News24Wire      31st March 2017 While they may not agree with President Jacob Zuma's choices, the African National Congress (ANC) must still rally behind new and old Cabinet ministers, party deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said on Friday. "Congratulations to all the new ministers appointed by the President. Ministers who... 

DA seeks urgent interdict to stop swearing-in of Zuma’s new ministers

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Friday said his party was filing papers in the Western Cape High Court to seek an urgent interdict to stop the swearing in of new ministers as the furore around the cabinet reshuffle gathers momentum. President Jacob Zuma announced a Cabinet... 

Maimane calls for Parliament to defend Constitution, fire Zuma after Gordhan axed

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane called for South Africans to stand together and defend the Constitutional Democracy of the country after President Jacob Zuma axed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebesi Jonas. “The President has once again shown that he has no interest in... 

Foreign policy rows all about the changing balance of power  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     17th February 2017 The year began with two rows on foreign policy. The first was about a visit to Taiwan by Solly Msimang in his capacity as the executive mayor of Tshwane. The second, which riled the African National Congress (ANC) even more, was about a visit to Israel by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi... 

Zuma to face fifth motion of no confidence on Thursday 

By: African News Agency      8th November 2016 President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday face his fifth motion of no confidence since 2012 after Speaker Baleke Mbete agreed to a debate called for by the Democratic Alliance. “I wish to inform you that the motion is scheduled for 10 November 2016,” her office confirmed in a letter to DA chief whip... 

Another open letter to Mmusi Maimane

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th October 2016 Recently, I read an article about the nuclear power deal. In the article, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane states: "Jacob Zuma’s nuclear deal will be disastrous for South Africa. It will literally bankrupt us, diverting billions of rands from poverty reduction projects, while... 

DA set to square off with Cabinet in high court over Dudu Myeni’s reappointment to SAA

By: African News Agency      5th September 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday announced it would be taking a decision by Cabinet to reappoint Dudu Myeni as South African Airways board chairwoman on review in the Western Cape High Court. “The DA is of the strong opinion that there is a prima facie case to be made that Ms Myeni’s... 

Open letter to DA leader

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd September 2016 Dear Mmusi Maimane When Creamer Media publishing editor Martin Creamer and I agreed that I would write this column, he said the column must not be smutty and it is not recommended that I write about politics. 

Maimane presses Madonsela on Gupta probe 

By: African News Agency      29th August 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has demanded a progress report from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on her investigation into the allegations of State capture by the Gupta family, party leader Mmusi Maimane said on Monday. “I have today written to the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, requesting a... 

DA launches petition against purchase of presidential jet

By: News24Wire      20th June 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has launched an online petition against the purchase of a presidential jet, the party said on Saturday. In a speech prepared for delivery at a youth event in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said South Africa was experiencing a "chronic jobs crisis" and... 

DA submits PAIA application for presidential jet maintenance records 

By: News24Wire      13th June 2016 The Democratic Alliance has submitted a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application for the presidential jet's maintenance records. DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Monday said, since the defence department was set on buying a new presidential jet, the decision needed to be scrutinised. 

DA launches innovative app to 'revolutionise door-to-door campaigning' ahead of elections  

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th April 2016 Opposition party the Democratic Alliance (DA) launched its Activist App in Johannesburg on Monday, to empower DA members and activists to be more involved and to urge them to volunteer to help advance the party’s cause ahead of the 2016 local government elections. Speaking at the launch, DA... 

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