The Democratic Alliance is opposed to this Bill. Firstly on constitutional grounds and secondly on the grounds that political parties Nationally already receive funds from the Independent Electoral Commission which formula takes into account the number of Provincial Representations. The DA believes that public funding for political parties must be done at National Level so there is uniformity.
Last week, the Portfolio committee for Youth, gender and Disability adopted the report that has been tabled today. I pointed out the excellent work done by the committee and the quality of the report. Since then I have learned via the legislature grapevine that I am expected to give a happy-go-lucky speech today.
Members will know that our former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel is now the driving force behind the national planning commission, but we cannot sit back and wait for him to start the engine. At provincial level we can take initiative to give regional planning initiatives real power that will make real changes to real people. If we take into account that one of the major challenges will be to …
It is indeed an honour to respond on behalf of the Democratic Alliance on the Budget and Policy Speech, delivered by the MEC for Education, Mahlubandile Qwase, on 24 March 2010. The Democratic Alliance wants to affirm its support for the committee report, but unfortunately we cannot support the Education budget report for various reasons.
Fifty years ago in 1960, 18 African Nations attained their independence from Colonial rule. On May 25th in 1963, in a gesture of unity and committment to the ideal of African liberation, the 32 independent African Nations at the time formed the Organisation of African Unity – today known as the African Union. Africa Day commemorates the formation of these organisations with the hope that all African states can unite …