That's it for the launch of the DA's manifesto launch. For a full wrap, visit our coverage below:
LIVE BLOG: Democratic Alliance launches 2021 election manifesto
The DA is one of the first major parties to launch its manifesto in preparation for the local government elections in November.
"And it doesn’t matter which independent criteria you use - whether we’re talking clean audits in the Auditor-General’s report, whether we’re talking municipal rankings by Ratings Afrika...
...whether we’re talking the results of the Citizen Satisfaction Index, or whether we’re talking the unemployment numbers put out by Stats SA, DA governments consistently come out on top." - John Steenhuisen
"I want to urge every voter who is concerned about the precarious state of their town, or who might be scared for the future of their family, or who doesn’t know whether their business can survive another 5 years of the status quo, to read this #DAmanifesto." - John Steenhuisen
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says the DA has a mountain to climb if it wants to convince voters.
"It looks as if the DA is going into this election without a clear agenda," he said.
This week, party leader John Steenhuisen said that the biggest failures in local government were in small municipalities, which should be a focus area.
"The real crisis I’ve seen in local government has been in small-town South Africa, towns where municipalities essentially exist on paper only - they don’t deliver services, they don't tick any of the five objectives of local government set out in the Constitution."
The DA has said that its manifesto will be a simple and resonant blueprint for how the party will change the South Africa’s cities and towns.