MPL's Edmund Van Vuuren, Dacre Haddon and Bobby Stevenson stopped off in Glenconner on the way back from Willowmore on Tuesday, 9 August, to address a community meeting arranged by cllr Gideon Wagenaar of the Sunday's River Municipality (in DA T-shirt). Haddon dealt with a number of housing complaints while Van Vuuren addressed them on educational matters. Stevenson urged them to be vigilant in relation to corruption and report any corrupt actions by officials. Corruption and maladministration, said Stevenson, is the enemy of job creation as it drives away investors. Van Vuuren will be returning to further assist with education problems.

As part of the outreach programme of the DA provincial legislature caucus we met with the Camdeboo caucus on Monday, 8 August.

The purpose of these meetings is to improve communication, cooperation and interaction between the legislature caucus and councillors.  So far the MPLs have met with Buffalo City, the former Transkei region, Cacadu, Camdeboo and Baviaans.

In this way we aim to improve service delivery in the province as a whole and to build the DA brand by driving relevant issues.  This will only occur if there is improved teamwork and mutual respect between the different spheres of government.

We extend the invitation to other municipalities for similar meetings.

The battle for 2014 has begun.  Let us continue building on the success of the municipal election results.