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Rival parties gear up for fiery debate night

April 16th, 2014
Praise singer Andile Gqitami with Athol Trollip, DA Leader in the Eastern Cape and candidate for Premier in the province at the Sisa Dukashe stadium in Mdantsane recently.

Praise singer Andile Gqitami with Athol Trollip, DA Leader in the Eastern Cape and candidate for Premier in the province at the Sisa Dukashe stadium in Mdantsane recently.

LEADERS from the top opposition parties are in town today for the latest Daily Dispatch dialogue.

The Great Election Debate at the Abbotsford Christian Centre will see the DA’s provincial leader Athol Trollip (in for party leader Helen Zille), UDM president Bantu Holomisa, EFF’s Gauteng premier candidate Dali Mpofu and Agang president Mamphela Ramphele square off on a public platform less than a month before the elections.

Daily Dispatch marketing manager Suren Packery said the dialogues had received an overwhelming response from the public.

“We’ve had top leaders in town for dialogues before but this is the first time we’ve had representatives from four parties under one roof,” said Packery.

“More than 1 000 people have called to reserve their seats and we have already started handing out the entrance wrist bands.

“We urge those who have already booked to collect them from the Daily Dispatch offices,” he said.

Packery said people should expect to be searched and that only those with the wristbands would be given entry to the venue.

“The dialogues begin at 6pm but the doors will be open from 4pm.”

Those who cannot attend the dialogues can still follow the conversation on Twitter #ddelections and the live stream broadcast on www.dispatch.co.za

SPEAK OUT


DA leads with active social media campaign in Eastern Cape

April 7th, 2014
Deputy provincial leader Veliswa Mvenya and provincial leader Athol Trollip, share news on social media.

Deputy provincial leader Veliswa Mvenya and provincial leader Athol Trollip, share news on social media.

You can daily follow the real story of the Democratic Alliance’s rise in the Eastern Cape by viewing our Eastern Cape Facebook page as well as following us on twitter. We have the biggest provincial following of any eastern cape political party with over 10 000 likes on Facebook and 5000 on twitter.

The public can stay updated with the gruelling schedule of the provincial leadership as the Blue Wave maintains its blistering pace of barnstorming our cities, towns and villages throughout the Eastern Cape.

Watch the full dimension of the DA as the force of change and growth in the Eastern Cape. Follow provincial leader Athol Trollip and DA representatives Veliswa Mvenya, Edmund van Vuuren, Nosimo Balindlela and Nqaba Bhanga as well as local activists, as they bring our message of change and jobs to voters.

By clicking on these pages you see for yourself the real reasons for the DA’s explosive growth in the Eastern Cape and why for example we even campaign on horseback.

The DA in the Eastern Cape is the most active party in the province on social networks and is making extensive use of Facebook and twitter to get its message across particularly to young voters.

Recent surveys have shown that the DA will continue to experience considerable growth in the upcoming general elections. This trend is reflected in the numbers of people visiting, following, retweeting and commenting on our various social media forums.

For updates on campaign tours, media statements and speeches, follow the DA in the Eastern Cape on:

Facebook page: Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape

Twitter: DA Eastern Cape (@DAEasternCape)

DA Bhisho web page: www.dabhisho.org.za

 

IN THE NEWS


Crowds flock to ANC rivals: Daily Dispatch

April 14th, 2014

KING Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo of the Thembu provided the highlight of the DA’s biggest rally ever in the former Transkei when he told the crowd it was time for President Jacob Zuma to exit Mthatha so DA leader Helen Zille could enter.

And on Saturday, Economic Freedom Front leader Julius Malema was almost mobbed by one of the province’s largest election crowds.

Some 10 000 supporters greeted the former ANC Youth League president and now EFF commander-in-chief when he arrived at Mdantsane’s Sisa Dukashe Stadium.

In Mthatha, the AbaThembu king told about 1 300 excited people, many in traditional dress with beading, at Walter Sisulu University’s Zamukulungisa campus that Zille must save the Thembu and the country from Nkandla and Zuma.

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ANC’s refusal to deal with corruption is costing Nelson Mandela Bay Metro jobs and investment

April 16th, 2014

DA provincial leader Athol Trollip will address public meetings in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth today.

The cloak and dagger style of governance by the ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and its refusal to come clean about corruption is costing the city jobs and investment. The ANC prefers to keep the door closed on the Kabuso- and Pikoli reports into corruption. It also refuses to open bid adjudications tender committees because it wants benefits to go only to the connected few, rather than distributing opportunities to all.

Poor communities are particularly hard hit by corruption as it is the thief of opportunity. It is costing us R30 billion a year nationally.

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Poor infrastructure in Queenstown is a reflection of ANC “comradely suspension” of municipal manager

April 15th, 2014

DA provincial leader Athol Trollip is on the campaign trail in Queenstown and Cofimvaba today.

Businesses and residents of Queenstown continue to live with perennial electricity blackouts while little action has been taken against the municipal manager whose poor performance is directly linked to the poor service delivery and lack of infrastructure maintenance in this municipality.

What Queenstown and the Eastern Cape needs is proper infrastructure and maintenance thereof that will bring the necessary investment to create REAL JOBS to our towns. The ANC government under President Zuma has not delivered on its job creation promises. One out of every three South Africans is unemployed because our economy is not growing fast enough.

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Excessive expenditure and poor service delivery issues must be addressed in Emalahleni Municipality

April 14th, 2014

DA Leader in the Eastern Cape Athol Trollip, John Cupido MPL and DA Councillors will host a public meeting in Dordrecht in the Eastern Cape today.

Poor service delivery, excessive expenditure and the Jacob Zuma led ANC’s skewed priorities are major issues in the town Dordrecht in the Eastern Cape. Residents of Dordrecht deserve equal opportunities, quality services and a government that prioritizes their needs.

There are no proper toilet facilities in some areas within Dordrecht, many residents use the bucket system and there is an ongoing problem with poor service delivery in the area. Quality services are a luxury in this town; the ruling party delivers when it comes to providing services but the standard and quality of these services in not up to par. Government must prioritize the needs of all people; preference must not be given to those in office opposed to those in need.

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