MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER, BOBBY STEVENSON

Serious business…legislature leader Bobby Stevenson, provincial leader Athol Trollip MP, and DA-activist Nosimo Balindlela attended the annual State of the Province Address in Bhisho on 22 February 2013.

Serious business…legislature leader Bobby Stevenson, provincial leader Athol Trollip MP, and DA-activist Nosimo Balindlela attended the annual State of the Province Address in Bhisho on 22 February 2013.

Only a change of administration can save the Eastern Cape

After this year’s State of the Province Address (Sopa) and subsequent debate, I have come to the sad conclusion that the state of administration is so rotten that only a change of government can save the Eastern Cape from imploding completely.   In this special State of the Province Bhisho Brief you will find speeches of my colleagues that were presented in the legislature last week.

Frustrated members of the public inundate our office with service delivery failures, expecting answers that are never forthcoming from departments.  This places a huge burden on our staff and MPLs.

The provincial administration is in denial as to its capability to deliver service efficiently to the people.  The Education Department is the worst and our offices in Bhisho are flooded on a daily basis with calls from schools, parents and teachers looking for solutions to the problems they confront.

Notwithstanding that we work with well-meaning people, with whom one has good relationships, the general lack of accountability results in a complete disconnect between the reality on the ground and the services meant to be delivered by departments.

People sometimes ask, don’t you get depressed working in such an dysfunctional environment. This is a reality I fully understand, and rather than getting me down, it strengthens my determination and those of my colleagues, to fight for a better alternative.

The Democratic Alliance in the provincial legislature in Bhisho will continue to work hard for change and to put forward alternative policies.  By doing so, we will continue to keep the torch of hope burning brightly because without hope, despair takes over and then our society is doomed completely.

The massive growth that the DA is experiencing in the Eastern Cape illustrates that the idea of a new government is on the horizon.

Every day more and more South Africans are realising that the only way to change the government is through the ballot box.  You have the power to bring about the change this province needs.  Do not be afraid to stand up and make use of it.