John Steenhuisen

My Promise to the Party

  • Get us back to winning ways through decisive leadership

  • Be obsessed with economic growth and job creation

  • Overhaul our health, education and welfare system

  • Expand your freedom to choose how to live your life

  • Intensify the fight against crime

  • Build a public service that works for you

John Steenhuisen Democratic Alliance

John Steenhuisen

John Steenhuisen

My Promise

  • Get us back to winning ways through decisive leadership

  • Be obsessed with economic growth and job creation

  • Overhaul our health, education and welfare system

  • Expand your freedom to choose how to live your life

  • Intensify the fight against crime

  • Build a public service that works for you

John Steenhuisen Democratic Alliance

John Steenhuisen

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John Steenhuisen2 hours ago
Amidst uncertainty around what life under level 3 will look like for ordinary South Africans, and when we can expect lockdown to end altogether, this episode of the Coronacast with Head of Policy at the DA, Gwen Ngwenya, and Chief Whip of the DA in Parliament, Natasha Mazzone, answers all your burning questions about what to expect.

#day61oflockdown
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John Steenhuisen1 day ago
Now more than ever the principles of transparency and accountability are of critical importance.

If government “appreciates challenging views of scientists”, why gag them?

The censoring of scientists by the Medical Research Council, along with a grovelling apology issued by its board chairperson, to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, makes a mockery of President Ramaphosa’s statement last night.

The campaign of bullying against Professor Glenda Gray is unacceptable.

Mkhize was within his rights to disagree with Prof Gray. But for the DG of his Department to write to the MRC instructing an investigation, along with veiled threats of revealing other unnamed issues from unnamed sources, is simply unacceptable.

President Ramaphosa was being disingenuous when he said on live on TV that government welcomes challenging views of scientists. The exact opposite is true. Government is doing everything in its power to shut down the growing wave of dissenting views in the scientific community.

There is no point in co-opting 50 scientists onto government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee if they are all expected to hold and express the exact same view on all aspects of the Covid19 response.
John Steenhuisen
John Steenhuisen1 day ago
Wishing all Muslim South Africans a very Happy Eid Mubarak. 🕌

Cherish every moment of this beautiful festival and may all your dreams come true soon.
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John Steenhuisen2 days ago
We welcome the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that large swathes of the economy will be opened up, subject to safety protocols.

This is in line with what we've called for, repeatedly, for the past month. This lockdown is costing our economy around R13 billion a day.

We also need the President to fill in the biggest missing piece of the puzzle: the plan to fix the past six weeks of economic devastation and the past decade of mismanagement and looting.

There can be no more delay when it comes to spelling out the bold economic reforms we need. Due to the government's dithering, an economic depression is already baked into the cake.

Unless we immediately implement structural reforms, which include selling and privatising SOEs, scrapping destructive plans like EWC and NHI, and dramatically cutting the public wage bill, an entire generation of South Africans will be left to pay the price for the six weeks that destroyed our economy.
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John Steenhuisen2 days ago
Over half of SA’s confirmed active covid cases are in the Western Cape, where the virus is more established than in other parts of the country and is now moving into the phase of rapid growth ahead of the peak. Yet the province has done what it can to prepare for the peak, and should move to level 3.

Leading experts predict that many provinces will catch up to the Western Cape’s trajectory in the coming months. They should not be returned to level 4 or 5, regardless of readiness.

Why has the Western Cape’s infection curve been ahead of South Africa’s?

Please read this week's edition of my weekly newsletter 'Straight Talk' as I give detail.

The provincial government has been working around the clock to make sure that it is prepared and that every resident that requires healthcare gets it when they need it.

This has included:

💳 R725.5 million committed towards Covid-19 related expenditure across the Western Cape Government.

☎️ A dedicated Coronavirus Provincial Hotline for residents to call.

🛏️ The conversion of the CTICC into a temporary hospital facility that will provide some 850 additional beds at the peak of the pandemic is well underway.

🏥 Opening additional temporary hospitals along the R300 in the Metro, in Khayelitsha and in the Cape Winelands that collectively provide an additional 616 beds. This is in addition to the Western Cape’s 2 162 general care beds and 150 ICU beds that exist across the province.

🤲 We have opened 18 testing and triage centres to provide additional support to healthcare facilities.

👨‍⚕️👩‍⚕️ We have 3888 Community Health Workers operating across our province, with a further 464 due to start work soon.

📈 We have increased the number of tests from 7 975 on 1 April to 94 275 on 18 May. This is an increase of 1182%, the highest in the country.

🔎 Using our targeted hotspot approach, we have screened 473 348 people, and referred 12 095 people for testing.

💻 An online screening tool which has assisted in screening 62 200 people.

🙏 We have recruited 1 645 volunteers to support our healthcare workers when the peak arrives.

😷 We have ordered R350 487 835.00 million worth of PPE so that our healthcare workers have the protection they need to care for every sick person.

💉 In the public sector we have provided 86 129 flu vaccinations thus far – 65 670 vaccinations to vulnerable groups and 20 459 vaccinations to healthcare workers.

✔️ Since the pandemic, we have de-escalated non-essential operations at our healthcare facilities in the Western Cape, which has freed up existing ward capacity in these hospitals to care for Covid-19.

➡️ We have 432 ventilators and have ordered an additional 100 ventilators to be used at the peak.

❗We have 19 Quarantine and Isolation facilities available offering 2365 beds.

🏪 We are activating an additional 9 facilities which will realise an additional 2292 beds.

🚐 We have launched the Red Dot Transport Service that will transport healthcare workers home when their shift ends after 19h00. This service will also safely transport those who test positive for Covid-19 to facilities if they cannot isolate safely at home and others to quarantine facilities should they need it.
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John Steenhuisen3 days ago
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”- George Orwell
1 day ago
Now more than ever the principles of transparency and accountability are of critical importance.

If government “appreciates challenging views of scientists”, why gag them?

The campaign of bullying against Professor Glenda Gray is unacceptable.
https://t.co/m4DxnYPJ3u
2 days ago
We welcome the announcement by President #CyrilRamaphosa that large swathes of the economy will be opened up, subject to safety protocols.

This is in line with what we've called for repeatedly.

Government must now urgently implement structural reforms.
https://t.co/aOAqu5A0PB
3 days ago
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”- George Orwell https://t.co/Ezl29DGNEh
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Daily Maverick @dailymaverick
GROUNDUP: Health department boss calls for investigation into Glenda Gray https://t.co/t8vYMxsaHR https://t.co/rgMv6O3a60
4 days ago
'We were told to stay home but now we are starving,' community cries https://t.co/vYXfIWZAMV
5 days ago
It's a shame for government to punish humanitarians assisting needy people during this crisis.

SA's response must be underpinned by facts, openness & incentives, rather than fear, secrecy & coercion. Not just for ideological reasons, but to promote compliance & public safety. https://t.co/7O2RDJs61Y
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The South African Human Rights Commission says the Department of Social Development violated human rights when it stopped NGO’s from distributing food. The finding comes after the DA lodged a complaint with the SAHRC against the department. #DStv403 https://t.co/pRFDoNVGlh
5 days ago
Each individual has unique circumstances that they understand and care about far more than the government does or could.

Millions of livelihoods are at stake, while the lockdown death toll from non-Covid causes is mounting.

SA needs to get back to work. https://t.co/rocz2RrBEA

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