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


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:



DA calls for Kasrils’s plan to be rejected: The Herald

April 23rd, 2014

EASTERN Cape DA leader Athol Trollip laid into former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils yesterday, saying his call to spoil votes was a syndrome that undermined democracy and those who had fought and died for it.

Trollip called on DA supporters to ignore Kasrils’ call which he said was evidence of people belonging to a political party for life, describing that as behaviour that had destroyed the African continent.

He was addressing about 300 DA supporters in Xhosa, Afrikaans and English at an open field in Greenbushes in Port Elizabeth.

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Unemployment issue must be tackled in Kouga

April 23rd, 2014

Note to editors and journalists: DA Leader in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip along with Elza van Lingen MP and DA Councillors will be campaigning in strategic municipalities in the Tsitsi-Karoo region over the next three days. Today he will be speaking at a series of public meetings in Kouga.

The lack of jobs is a major concern for the Kouga municipality. Having a well-run municipality is key to creating the right climate for job creation. Under the ANC leadership the Kouga municipality has gone backwards.

A DA governed Kouga will eradicate corruption, cut red tape and will roll out the red carpet for investors. We will replace despair with hope and return Kouga to its former glory when it was run by the Democratic Alliance. The voters of Kouga are looking for change and the DA will bring that change.

Many young adults leave home to study further and return to seek jobs with no luck. Many turn to drugs and alcohol and as a result crime is rife.

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DA campaign in top gear in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

April 21st, 2014

The DA campaign in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro moves into top gear with a number of public meetings taking place this week.

Provincial leader Athol Trollip MPL will be addressing a number of public meetings on Tuesday in Kuyga, Walmer Township, Central and Gelvandale. He will be joined by other DA public representatives such as Nqaba Bhanga MP, Edmund van Vuuren MPL and Donald Lee MP.

On Wednesday Edmund van Vuuren, Donald Lee myself and cllr Retief Odendaal will address a public meeting in the West End Community Centre at 7pm and on Thursday in the Linton Grange Library at 18:30.

The DA in the Eastern Cape is on track to make strong gains on May 7th. In 2009 we polled 9.9% and all indications from by-election results and surveys are that we are going to have a big increase in support.

Our message of growing the economy to create real jobs and cutting corruption is resonating strongly with the voters of the Eastern Cape.


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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