Momentum builds behind DA as residents reject poor service delivery of ANC

BY Athol Trollip, DA Mayoral Candidate: Nelson Mandela Bay

The DA can win Nelson Mandela Bay, because the people of this municipality are ready for change! Today a DA oversight team saw crumbling infrastructure and rapidly deteriorating service delivery across the Metro, particularly in the township communities of Zwide, Veeplaas and Soweto-on-Sea.
Every single vote for change will count in this election – we have never been closer to a historic moment of change in NMB.

Today while conducting oversight in Zwide with fellow DA MPs, we witnessed the hardships facing Bay residents after too many years of broken ANC promises. Momentum is building behind the DA, as more and more people support our effort to bring change.

The DA will immediately begin working to ensure that all parts of the Metro receive equal service delivery. We will stop the massive waste of Metro money, and will spend it on residents.

While R2215.14 was wasted per capita in ANC-run Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay in 2014/15, the DA managed to keep wastage to an absolute minimum in the City of Cape Town, with only 25 cents lost per capita.

There are billions we can save, by getting the finances right in NMB, and only the DA has the track record to do this.

Residents from Zwide spoke of their desperation at collapsing RDP hosues, rampant crime, overflowing sewers and dirty water. These residents have decided to vote for change, because we are all ready to move forward again.

Only the DA has a tried and tested blueprint for change that sees better services delivered where we govern, which is exactly why we can win Nelson Mandela Bay this year. The DA-led Western Cape has the highest access to water, sanitation and electricity because we have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of residents.

Service delivery gives our people dignified spaces in which to live. Fixing potholes, weekly refuse collection in every ward, maintaining all municipal roads, providing access to electricity, potable water and sanitation will be priorities for the DA in government here in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Speeding up redress will be prioritised through the upgrade of informal settlements and the provision of serviced sites so that all residents can access basic services. A DA government in NMB will also focus on cutting red tape to speed up the re-zoning and transfer of title deeds to housing beneficiaries and giving people legal ownership of their homes. This would not only give recipients an asset to leverage but also a home to call their own.

On the 3rd August 2016 the people of the Bay will have an opportunity to bring change to our Metro. Change that delivers better services, stops corruption and creates jobs. The DA is ready to govern.

 July 25, 2016
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