“This is where I was born and raised,” reflects Herman Mashaba, entrepreneur and DA candidate for mayor of Johannesburg, as he walks through the streets of Ramotse, Hammanskraal.
Ramotse reflects an all to familiar scene in South African towns.
Unpaved roads, a mix of shacks and houses, and according to residends, constant problems with both water and electricity.
Mashaba comments that back in 1994 there was hope for the town, with basic services being delivered as well has homes and roads being constructed. Now, in 2016, that hope has dwindled and the area is in need of change, he concludes.
Theses comments essintially round up the DA’s stance going into the municpal elections this year.
This is part of the DA’s #fairSA campaighn that is will be touring across areas that it believes have been let down by the ANC.
#FairSA is a continuation of the DA’s vision of South Africa and is said to provide details of policies the party would implement to improve equality and overcome divisions established by past and present governments.
“Today we say South Africa is unfair. We are here to build a fair South Africa,” said DA leader Mmusi Maimane to the 100 supporters gathered in the heat. He continued “The DA is absolutely 100 percent committed to overcoming the structural inequality that makes South Africa such an unfair society. It will require hard work, dedication and purposeful action to overcome the distortions and disadvantages of our painful past.”
The DA leader spoke on the government’s failures in land reform, BBBEE, education and service delivery but was light on policy detail.
He said a DA government would focus on delivering title deeds in urban areas and employee share ownership schemes on farms.
On black economic empowerment, he said under the ANC it only benefits the elite and it needs to be used to make blackowned businesses the norm rather than he exception.
What do you, the residents of Hammanskraal think? Do you agree with Maimane and #fairSA? Send your opinions to stephen@tametimes. co.za and be heard.