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Curtains finally closing on the ANC

Honourable Chair, I would like to assume the role of a TV critic, as Parliament has become the public’s firm favourite in our connected age. The members present and the public watching have been entertained by another session of what is best described as the pilot episode of a new soap opera called “9 Months…

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Political will is crucial to ensuring land ownership and poverty alleviation

Budget cuts will limit the department’s ability to implement policy and execute strategies. The department’s budgetary cut of 4.8% from R1.9 billion to R1.8 billion, reducing the budget by nearly R100 million over the mid-term period, will severely and mostly affect the student skills development programmes such as the National Rural Youth Service Corps (NARYSEC),…

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The DA could accelerate land reform for the benefit of the people

Madame Speaker, Wandile Sihlobo, a leading agricultural economist shared a map showing unused land suitable for agricultural production in Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape; that is approximately 1.8 million hectares. In the Eastern Cape the bulk of the opportunity lies in a single 250 kilometre band which stretches from East London on the coast…

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ANC is responsible for our country’s dying brand

Speaker, The ANC should take full responsibility for the events in North West, Mooi River and every other violent protest in South Africa. We are seen as a nation rampaged by a staggering crime rate, corruption and lawlessness, daily stories of domestic violence and abuse, hideous violent farm murders, unemployment and a failing education and…

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DA offers solutions to speed up housing delivery

Many of us here today can relate to the English adage that ‘home is where the heart is’ because we are fortunate to have one. For the privileged, their homes are in secure enclaves of gated communities and secure apartments. For the Minister and her deputy, it is in the comfort of luxurious accommodation funded…

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Department of Arts must prioritise sustainable job creation

Honourable Speaker, I am starting my input to this debate with a quote by V. Pinchuk who said: “Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” Looking at the current state of our country and the widening gap of racial disharmony this quote touches a nerve and it is incumbent on us, as…

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