Ten months after the Democratic Alliance (DA) brags about its achievements in all its politically won municipalities, particularly in the Oudtshoorn, saying it has laid a good landmark for other parties to follow.
In a recently released statement by the D leader Mmusi Maimane, the leader said his party has revived the struggling “ostrich capital of the world”, Oudtshoorn after taking over the municipality in 2016.
Oudtshoorn is a town in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape. It’s known for its ostrich farms. The DA won the troubled municipality with 55% support winning 12 of 13 wards during the August 2016 local government elections after the ruling ANC suffered a 15% drop
Maimane who described the DA success in the Municipality said his party has taken the municipality out of its state of bankruptcy to an enviable economic cadre.
When we came into government – just 10 months ago – we faced an uphill task to turn this municipality around. It was in a parlous state of neglect and decay. It was debt-ridden and virtually bankrupt, he said, adding that his party had fulfilled its promise to the people of Oudtshoorn municipality.
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These promises include implementing a clean, honest and capable government that would revitalise the town’s incredible potential as a world-class tourist destination.
Again, he said his party kept to its promise of ensuring a sustainable job creation and economic development.
At the DA, we believe in picking the low-hanging fruit first. That means prioritising those projects that will make the greatest possible difference in the shortest possible time to as many people as possible. And here in Oudtshoorn, that meant fixing your biggest tourist attraction, the magnificent Cango Caves. The Cango Caves faced imminent closure due to alleged financial mismanagement under the previous administration.
The Caves are now functioning well and making a profit again, thanks to improved marketing and excellent management. Last month, in May 2017, we had 2500 more visitors to the caves than in May 2016, brags Maimane who also added that the tourism sector- one of SA’s biggest job creators is at its best performance.
“Over the last 10 months in government, we have also made great progress in other areas, and I am happy to report on a number of achievements”
In support of sustainable economic development in Oudtshoorn municipality, the DA said it approved a mall and a housing development, as well as the development of a mini shopping complex in Springbok Road in Bridgton, a project that should start as early as January 2018.
Negotiations are taking place to establish a satellite campus of Chrysalis Academy in collaboration with Eden District Municipality, in support of the development of young people in Oudtshoorn.
Financially, the Municipality is still in debt, but this debt has decreased from R112 million to R31 million while Eskom debt has decreased from R52 million to R10.3 million.
Capital spending is constantly improving and the party has managed to spend the entire municipal infrastructure grant within the financial year, focusing on the development of poor communities.
“Very soon we will be out of the red altogether and back on a sound financial footing,” the leadership said.
“We are aiming to raise an additional R20 million per annum in revenue and our efficient spending and saving measures have resulted in savings in the excess of R7 million for the 2016/17 financial year,” it said.
Maimane concluded by saying that the DA will continue to run an efficient government that works to ensure that the local economy grows while job opportunities will be made available for those who are still left out of the economy.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) brags about its achievements in most of its governed metros, particularly in the “ostrich capital of the world”, Oudtshoorn .