DA policy conference to get underway

The party will discuss new policies including the controversial Employment Equity Bill.

Democratic Alliance ( DA ) leader Helen Zillle is greeted by supporters at Phoenix township,south of Durban during Freedom Day Celebrations on Saturday, 27 April 2013. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - The official Democratic Alliance's very first policy conference gets underway in Cape Town today.

Around 200 DA delegates, including federal council members and Members of Parliament (MPs) will meet over this weekend at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) to discuss the party's policies, old and new.

The DA's handling of the Employment Equity Bill is likely to be high on the agenda at the conference after party MPs did an about turn recently on the legislation first supporting it and then rejecting it.

The DA has been working on new policies in several areas including energy, education and immigration.

These and other proposed changes will be debated by delegates.

The party has been looking to hold this conference for nearly a year now.

The end results from this weekend's meetings are expected to be included in the DA's manifesto for the 2014 general elections.