2019 ELECTION MANIFESTO
1 TACKLING UNEMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL GRANTS & CRIME
- A National Service option (both community and military) for school leavers;
- The development of more post-school sports, arts, science and business start-up academies;
- A new Ministry of Employment to work with the private sector and coordinate policy to promote a job-creation-friendly economic environment;
- No national minimum wage – it will not create new jobs and could destroy many existing jobs; we are the party that speaks for the unemployed;
- More active government support for NPO’s providing community services;
- More support and less bureaucracy for small businesses and family businesses including fishermen (a fairer quota system) and start-up operations especially in sectors such as mining, energy and manufacturing; and encouragement for activities in service sectors such as tourism;
- Special training and more support for disabled and handicapped people;
- A new SSG – Sober Service Grant – to eventually replace the child grant
o R1100 per month for every registered unemployed person - R1000 in wages plus R100 into a 3-year SA retail savings bond
o Some community service will be required
o People will lose it if there is evidence of alcoholism, drug abuse or gangsterism
o Unemployed men will get some of their dignity back
o Crime originating from financial desperation will be reduced
o The current child grant will remain for all children already born up to 18 years old but will in future be limited to 2 children per mother;
- More effective training and better rewards for our police force.
2 TACKLING CORRUPTION
- Complete transparency in all public sector tender processes;
- Active civil society representation on all SOE boards, including SANRAL, with strong powers of inspection and influence;
- Instant dismissal of public servants for non-compliance with the PFMA and MFMA;
- Prosecutions for and return of monies from convicted offenders.
3 TACKLING LAND REFORM AND HOUSING
- Utilise vacant state land to give people plots on which to build their own house underneath a government-provided roof structure with built-in solar panels and water catchment system;
- Transfer promised ownership of all RDP houses from government to the owners;
- Land and housing allocations should be awarded in a fairer way according to the date of application;
- A more transparent agricultural land reform programme must be combined with skills development, mentoring and ongoing financial support for the recipients;
- No land expropriation without compensation – it will destroy investor confidence and impact negatively on job creation.
4 TACKLING EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
- More recognition of the critical role played by educators in developing the country’s future generations;
- Reduce the pressure on educators to deliver classroom assessments;
- Create a reward system (bonus and/or more leave) for successful educators, not just for the school principal;
- Improve the current government funding model which places some schools in poorer communities in the highest income-earning bracket and therefore reduces their funding;
- Revival of specialised teacher training colleges to develop proper teaching skills, not just subject knowledge;
- Review of the school curriculum to include more practical life skills;
- In principle, as much free education as the country can afford;
- More post-school academies (see above) as an alternative to university studies;
- Massive investment into digital education technology to make learning as affordable and accessible as possible to everyone;
- School feeding schemes wherever needed;
- We support properly-managed home schooling.
5 TACKLING PUBLIC SECTOR FINANCES
• A 3-year freeze on wages for public servants at managerial level;
• A reduction in salaries for members of Parliament and the Cabinet;
• No more fancy car allowances and other fringe benefits for public servants;
• All business class travel to be paid for out of their own pocket;
• SOE tender processes, financial reporting and staff appointments to be transparent and independently monitored;
• In principle, reduce VAT and eventually eliminate it as and when government finances improve.
6 TACKLING SERVICE DELIVERY CHALLENGES
- Municipalities to report to a committee of ward representatives on a regular basis;
- Staff appointments to be carried out in a transparent and procedurally-correct manner;
- Each ward to receive a capital investment held in trust; the annual interest to be managed, under supervision, by a committee of ward representatives for the benefit of the ward. Well-managed wards will receive annual top-ups to their capital fund. (This is our unique solution rather than the inappropriate concept of a sovereign fund which will at best only have a trickle-down effect at the community level);
- All municipal councillors to have annual lifestyle audits and to report monthly to their ward committees;
- A coupon system for electricity (directly from Eskom) to minimise the effect of power cuts resulting from non-payment by municipalities.
7 TACKLING HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
- More recognition for the vital role played by health professionals and staff;
- Significant investment in upgrading existing facilities and improving service;
- A focus on maximising renewable energy sources, especially solar;
- A massive plastics collection, clean-up and recycling project as part of the National Service programme;
- We acknowledge the need to take climate change seriously.
8 TACKLING GAUTENG E-TOLLS
- Scrapping of e-tolls unless there is complete transparency about SANRAL’s finances;
- Civil society representation on the SANRAL board with full powers of inspection and decision-making.
9 TACKLING TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATION
- Create a stronger public-private partnership with the taxi industry through subsidies in exchange for commitments to safer driving behaviour;
- Invest massively in other public transport infrastructure;
- Subsidized transport for scholars, students and pensioners;
- A free national wifi grid.
10 TACKLING NKANDLA
- Nkandla to be expropriated with minimal compensation and turned into a community centre;
- Free swimming lessons to be given in the firepool.
We are the party of hope, looking for solutions to bring about real improvements to the lives of all South Africans. We are committed to serve the people and deliver on our promises.