Hundreds of Democratic Alliance members are expected to gather at the Tshwane events centre in Pretoria on Saturday morning for the party’s national elective conference.

The two-day event will see election of the new party leadership as well as the adoption of policy positions. Current leader Mmusi Maimane is expected to be re-elected unopposed. Maimane says they will use the occasion to champion policies that will position the party as an alternative government during the 2019 elections.

He says, “The introduction of a jobseekers allowance to the value of R150 per month for all unemployed young people aged between 18-34, rolling out a national job centres project know as Khuphuka centres where unemployed young people can access job opportunities including learnerships and apprenticeships on a local database. To get assistance in preparing job applications or receive employment counselling, introducing a national civilian service year to provide work experience for unemployed matriculants to enter work based training in the community healthcare or SAPS fields.”