PARTY

This is where the DA got its facts - Alex Molteno

Party's social media manager replies to Africa Check article questioning the accuracy of its Tweets

Response to Africa Check

11 February 2014

Your article on the sources of information for #DAdelivers tweets refers (see Ray Joseph's piece "Where does the DA get its facts?" here).

The DA twitter account is not managed from the Premier's Office of the Western Cape, since to do so would be a conflation of party and state.

The DA's social media team at National Head Office has been running the #DAdelivers campaign on twitter for around a year now. Its aim is to inform people of the DA's delivery record in the places where we govern.

The questions raised by Africa Check could have been answered swiftly if they had been directed to the DA in the first place. It is not clear why we never received any such query prior to reading the article on Africa Check.

Below is a list of #DAdelivers tweets queried by Africa Check with references to the source of each one.

We strive for accuracy at all times because we believe that accuracy is crucial for our credibility. If Africa Check finds that any of these statistics are inaccurate, we will gladly rectify them.

#DAdelivers tweet

Source

In the 2nd half of 2012/13, the WC Provincial Govt. created 60,000 work opportunities via the Expanded Public Works Projects. #DAdelivers

Quarterly Report, 1 April - 30 September, 2012/13 - National Department of Public Works, 2013

@DA_News municipalities have created 31,000 job opportunities in the past year. #DAdelivers

Quarterly Report, 1 April - 30 September, 2012/13 - National Department of Public Works, 2013

W Cape has best delivery record in SA: 99.1% of households access piped water, 93.4% electricity & 96.9% have toilet facilities. #DAdelivers

2011 National Census

The City of Cape Town delivers more to poor residents than any other city in the country. #DAdelivers

The 2012 Universal Household Access to Basic Services Report compiled by the Department of Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs  

The SAn gap between the 'haves' & the 'havenots' is smallest in City of Cape Town. It has the highest level of equality in SA. #DAdelivers

UN-Habitat (2011) State of the World's Cities 2010/2011

Of the R18 billion spent on service delivery in the City of Cape Town, R11billion is spent on the poor communities. #DAdelivers

City of Cape Town expenditure analysis 2012

80% of the R2 billion spent by the Western Cape Government on tenders during 2012/2013 was paid to #BEEbusinesses. #DAdelivers

Western Cape Government expenditure analysis by  Finance and Economic Development MEC, Alan Winde, 2012

65% of the Western Cape Govt's senior management are previously disadvantaged South Africans. #DAdelivers

Western Cape Human Resource Database 2013

76% of the Western Cape Government's budget is redistributed to poor communities. #DAdelivers

Western Cape Government expenditure analysis by  Finance and Economic Development MEC, Alan Winde, 2012

Issued by Alexander Molteno, National Social Media Manager, Democratic Alliance, February 11 2014

Click here to sign up to receive our free daily headline email newsletter