DA proud of new leadership and vision

By Bosman Grobler MPL:

The following motion was delivered in the legislature today (on the 19th of May 2015) by the DA’s Bosman Grobler MPL during questions for oral reply to the Premier.

Hon Speaker, I rise to move a motion without notice on behalf of the Democratic Alliance.

Noting that:

On the weekend of the 8th and 9th of May, the DA held its Federal Congress in the strategic municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay.

At this historic event, the DA had internal elections which were earmarked by vigorous campaigns and robust debates. The internal elections were earmarked by characteristics true democracy speaks off.

A new federal leadership was elected and Mmusi Maimane now leads a united party focused on bringing change in South Africa.

The Democratic Alliance also adopted a new vision of creating a society characterised by freedom, fairness and opportunity. This is a South Africa in which each individual can reach his or her own potential.

I move that:

This house congratulates the Democratic Alliance on hosting a successful and peaceful congress, branded by robust internal elections and healthy debates in the spirit of democracy, without any disputes.

Further that this house congratulates Mmusi Maimane on his election as leader of the official opposition and wish him the best in shaping South Africas’ future into a society of freedom, fairness and opportunity.

I so move.

Federal congress a highlight for NC

By Andrew Louw, MPL, DA Provincial Leader:

The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape wants to congratulate every leader that has been elected at the federal congress. We look forward to working hand-in-glove with the federal office and to making the leaders accessible to the voters in the province.

Now that our leaders have been elected, every member of the DA in the province will rally behind them 100%. We respect the outcomes of the election process that was followed. It was a democratic, transparent process.

We are thrilled about the award we won as best performing province.

The Northern Cape won the third place for best performing province at the federal congress of the Democratic Alliance. The award recognises the hard work, incredible effort and dedication that went into the

2014 general election campaign. This award was not won by one person.

It was won by every person who contributed to the campaign effort of the DA in the province. It is a recognition of the time and effort put in by each one of our constituency workers, public representatives, party agents and supporters.

We are grateful that the voters have put their faith in us. We will work to keep our supporters and to convince those who have not yet voted for us to join the party.

The award gives us a boost for the 2016 local government election campaign. It inspires us to work even harder so that we can go back to the next congress and win first place.

DA Northern Cape ready and excited for federal congress

By Andrew Louw, MPL, DA Provincial Leader:

The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape is ready for the federal congress. Our provincial team is busy finalising the last of the logistics and we are looking forward to a peaceful, democratic congress.

All in all, 86 delegates will represent the Northern Cape at congress.

We are taking 24 councillors, the 7 members of the provincial legislature, the 5 members representing the Northern Cape in parliament and 50 branch members from the different constituencies. We are not bringing any observers, as space at the venue is limited.

It will be the democratic right of each delegate to support his or her chosen candidate for the leadership positions being contested. Every delegate has the right to support a favourite. Once the ballots have been counted, we will unite around our chosen leaders.

We are also looking forward to finalising the party’s policy position on fracking. The economic benefits and potential environmental harm is an issue that is hotly debated in the province.