CAPE TOWN Morning clouds. Mild.

7 day
  • Sunday 14-20°c Mostly sunny. Mild. Mostly sunny. Mild.
    Monday 15-19°c More sun than clouds. Mild. More sun than clouds. Mild.
    Tuesday 14-21°c Mostly sunny. Mild. Mostly sunny. Mild.
    Wednesday 16-24°c High level clouds. Mild. High level clouds. Mild.
    Thursday 16-21°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Friday 16-22°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
More News

DA promises R1 rent for Gauteng small businesses

2014-03-29 21:03

Johannesburg - The DA will rent office space to small businesses in Gauteng for a R1 a year if it wins the province in this year's election, the party's Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said on Saturday.

"We can’t have small businesses struggling to pay rent," he said.

"But at the same time there are so many government buildings in Gauteng that are vacant or under-used."

Maimane said the African National Congress-led government owned 55% of the land in the province.

"For every person with a great business idea who just can't get ahead because times are hard, this is your fight too," he said.

Maimane was addressing a packed indoor arena at Ellis Park in Johannesburg at the Democratic Alliance's provincial manifesto launch and job rally.

He said the manifesto was a pledge to the people of Gauteng and the foundation for the future.

The crowd, most of them dressed in DA attire, sang and cheered.

The stage was decorated in the party's traditional blue and white draping, signs and banners.

One sign read "believe in change," while another banner read "Maimane for change".

Blue confetti was dispersed into the air when DA leader Helen Zille, in a red dress, arrived at the rally to introduce Maimane.

"We have the right man to lead Gauteng," she said referring to Maimane.

"He has integrity, intelligence and determination, he is a blue man."

Maimane told the crowd change in the province was possible.

"Change has never been so possible... We are going to win and we are going to bring change.

"Change is coming to Gauteng and it is coming through the DA," he said.

Maimane said the party would fight for quality housing and title deeds for the people in the province.

"In Gauteng today, after 20 years, almost 700 000 people sit waiting for their own house and title deed."

Maimane also focused on job creation and urged party supporters to fight for policies that created jobs.

He said the ANC government, through e-tolls, was preventing job opportunities.

"Shoprite's e-toll bill is already R4m. This will make food more expensive and all of us poorer."

Maimane said the DA would also fight against crime and corruption.

"I believe that no citizen of Gauteng should live in fear of crime."

He said druglords in communities such as Eldorado Park, were operating from government housing.

"I pledge that we will evict druglords from all public property, that is our promise."

The DA would demand that three special police units - a drug squad, a gang unit and a domestic violence unit - be established in Gauteng, he said.

It would also pass the Community Safety Act in the province.

Maimane said the party would also fight against government corruption by introducing a new ministerial handbook that would cut luxuries for all government officials.

"No more R1.3m cars, no more credit cards, no more R500 000 swimming pools."

Read more on: da  |  mmusi maimane  |  pretoria  |  johannesburg  |  elections 2014  |  politics

More In This Category
IEC announces by-election date

The IEC has announced a date for municipal ward by-elections.

ANC Limpopo urges party to rebuild, dismisses early conference talk

The ANC in Limpopo has vowed to reform itself and has urged branches to focus on rebuilding instead of holding an early special conference or consultative conference.

3 more arrests for slain DA councillor, partner

Three more people have appeared in court in connection with the murders of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner, the Northern Cape Hawks have said.

ANC 'colluding' MEC in hung councils hits back at IFP

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has hit back at the Inkatha Freedom Party which has accused her of working with the ANC to stall processes in hung municipalities.

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  PROPERTY24  |  CAREERS24  |  SPREE  |