Mar 24

What Nkandla really cost South Africa


Mar 21

MD of Pikitup Suspended – The Chickens have come Home to Roost

Media Release by:

Alan Fuchs

DA Spokesperson on Pikitup

The following statement was released by the Chairperson of the Pikitup Board on Monday 17th March:

“The City of Johannesburg today confirms that Mr Suren Maharaj, the Pikitup Financial Director, is now Acting Manager of Pikitup, following the suspension of its Managing Director, Ms Amanda Nair. Nair has been suspended and formally charged – in summary, on matters relating to supply chain management and Municipal Finance Management Act, pending a disciplinary enquiry instituted against her.

Specific details of the charges levelled against Ms Nair cannot be made public at this stage in pursuance of protecting the rights of both Pikitup and the employee. The enquiry confirms the City’s commitment to the highest standards of corporate governance as well as to the protection of the right to fair employment practices extended to its employees. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 18

ANC desperation undermining democracy

Media Release by:

Dr Kevin Wax

DA PR Councillor in the City of Johannesburg

The defection of Bev Abrahams, until recently a Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament in Gauteng and Political Head of the Phuthaditjhaba Constituency, to the ANC, demonstrates total desperation on the part of the ruling party to hold onto power in Gauteng. This defection together with that of other DA public representatives in the province seeks to undermine the very democracy that great leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Steve Bhiko, Helen Suzman and others had sacrificed their lives for. The ANC list released on Tuesday 11 March 2014 clearly shows its gross disregard for a corruption free society. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 14

Where is the Law Enforcement?

Media Release by:

Dot Corrigan

DA Shadow MMC for Development Planning in the City of Johannesburg

The Democratic Alliance is Johannesburg is highly concerned with the countless building control and planning contraventions occuring in the City of Johannesburg. The City’s officials respond by throwing up their hands and telling Councillors nothing can be done! “Don’t even bother reporting building control and planning contraventions,” one Councillor was told, “The Planning department is hopeless and does nothing!”

The Development Planning Department in the City of Johannesburg, under which building control and land use management fall, is currently running at 51 % capacity of funded posts. This department is responsible for building plans and zoning applications. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 09

Thank you for registering!




Thank you to everyone who came out and registered to vote this weekend!

The numbers of registrations were incredibly high and one can see the people of Johannesburg and Gauteng are ready to vote for a change!

Bring on Elections 2014!

Feb 07

DA march for REAL jobs to go ahead

Media Release by:

Helen Zille

Leader of the DA

At a meeting with the Johannesburg Metro Police today, the DA secured the right to march for six million REAL jobs in Johannesburg next week on Wednesday 12 February.

We have stated all along that we will march legally and peacefully. There is nothing provocative about this. The only thing we aim to provoke is a debate over who has the best plan to create jobs. Is it Jacob Zuma’s ANC with it bogus promise of 6 million public works placements? Or is it the DA’s plan to create 6 million permanent REAL jobs by 2025 through sustainable economic growth? Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 06

What do you want from our website?




As we come closer to the National and Provincial Elections 2014, we’d like to up our game in terms of providing content to interested parties. We know you have questions and we’d like to make it as interesting and easy to get to as possible.


What would you like to see from the DA Johannesburg team in terms of our website?


  • Profiles on councillors?
  • Additional information on our leadership?
  • Upcoming events?


Please either tweet @DA_JHB or else e-mail suggestions to

Feb 05

Last Chance to Register for this Year’s Elections!

Register to Win Feb

Feb 03

Stormwater and lack of resurfacing to blame for flooding

Media Release by:

Nico de Jager

DA Shadow MMC for Transport in the City of Johannesburg

The heart of Africa’s economy is suffering as a result of inability to move the economy of Johannesburg due to bad management practices of the road agency in previous years.

The continual rains of the last 96 hours, under staffing at depots, poor workmanship and lack of funding to expedite critical service delivery issues are to blame for the poor road conditions we see today.

Potholes across the City are rife with an vastly increased number being reported since the increased rainfall that started on Friday. Although, there has been a big improvement in workmanship from the JRA since Mr Skhumbuzo Macozoma took over in September 2012 it is the legacy of 6 years of poor management from before that that cannot be undone that quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 03

SA Today: Looking Forward

Media Release by:

Helen Zille

Leader of the DA

It is often said that the rear view mirror is clearer than the windscreen. It is easy to look back and say what could have been, what course of action we should have taken. It is much harder to press forward – particularly when the road ahead is obscured and littered with obstacles.

Moving forward in uncertain terrain is the risk we take to achieve great things. Sometimes the risk pays off, and sometimes it doesn’t. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Read the rest of this entry »

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