Maimane: ‘Change is coming to Gauteng’

The DA is promising cheap rental of government buildings in Gauteng and urban land reform.

DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane speaking at the party’s Gauteng manifesto launch at the Ellis Park Indoor Arena on Saturday. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Gauteng manifesto launch is now in full swing with thousands of young people packed into the Ellis Park Indoor Arena on Saturday.

The DA's Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane is unveiling the party's plan for the Gauteng government and has promised the crowd in attendance clean governance.

Around 6,500 people at the event rose to their feet and cheered when Maimane walked on stage in the centre of the arena.

Maimane promised the crowd that change is coming to South Africa's economic hub.

He also made a range of other promises including cheap renting of government buildings for small businesses.

"Under the DA government you will be able to rent space for just one rand a year. For one rand a year you can rent a building and run your business, so that you can employ more South Africans."

The crowd cheered as Maimane also promised urban land reform and title deeds for the poor.

"The Gauteng government owns 55 percent of the land here in Gauteng. So my pledge to you is that we will transform these buildings and make sure small businesses with promising ideas get these offices that we're going to provide."

DA leader Helen Zille was also in attendance along with the Gauteng leader of the DA caucus John Moodley.

They sang and danced with several performers on stage while the DA's promotional videos were played on six television screens suspended from the arena's ceiling.

The DA's manifesto launch comes as the party intensifies its election campaign ahead of the general elections on 7 May.

The opposition party is also expected to use Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report, in which she found the president and his family unfairly benefitted from the almost R250 million upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal home, as ammunition in its campaign.

The party has already laid criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma based on the findings in the controversial report.