Trust is a priority

2012-11-24 10:22

This weekend, the DA is hosting its fifth federal congress. Some important things happened in the last two years.

We merged with the Independent Democrats and won more votes than ever in last year’s municipal elections, pushing the DA’s share up to 24%.

We’ve come a long way since 1994, when we barely scraped into Parliament with 1.7% of the vote.

Since then, we have shown consistent growth in by-elections across the country. We have contested 60 by-elections and have grown our share of the vote even further in 55 of them.

People are beginning to see how the DA is redressing the legacy of apartheid where it governs.

In Western Cape under the DA, literacy and numeracy rates for grades 3, 6 and 9 have improved over time. The matric pass rate in township schools has increased from 50% to 70%.

The number of underperforming schools has fallen from 79 in 2010 to 30 last year.

The DA prioritised the completion of the new R632 million Khayelitsha District Hospital, which doctors, nurses and patients agree is a world-class facility. The Mitchells Plain District Hospital is under construction and is due to be commissioned by March next year.

In the Western Cape government, 77.7% of senior employees (39 276 out of 50 521) are previously disadvantaged individuals. The Western Cape youth work and skills programme has created employment for 2 966 participants.

The province also has the lowest unemployment rate in South Africa.

Life is steadily getting better in the places where we govern. In the next two years, we will take our plan to bring hope and change across the country.

» Maimane is the national spokesperson of the DA

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