Country first, Politics last ▼

On Monday, 22 November, ActionSA Councillors across the country are doing what needs to be done to unseat the ANC, and put South Africans ahead of petty politics.
 
We, along with other parties, have made the difficult decision to elect DA mayors, despite their arrogance of ignoring the wishes of all parties in the multi-party negotiations, and acting in a manner consistent with a party that clearly did not want coalitions to work.
In Johannesburg, we knew that if it came down to a choice between ActionSA and the ANC, the DA would simply abstain, handing the keys to the metro to the ANC.
This is not what residents want, and this is not what residents deserve.
 
We made a commitment to all South Africans, that where we contest, we will unseat the ANC. We are sticking by that commitment.
 
The DA, after spending the last three days throwing my name and the name of ActionSA into the dirt, will now have exactly what they didn’t want:
The very minority coalition governments they have spoken against, without written agreements in place with any parties. Maybe now they will listen and consider other parties.
 
Let them demonstrate the same level of maturity shown to them by the multi-party coalition group and re-start negotiations again and negotiate coalitions in the interests of residents and not their own narrow political self-interest.

ActionSA Welcomes Alan Beesley as National Fundraising Chairperson ▼

We are very pleased to inform you that Alan Beesley will assume the role of National Fundraising Chairperson going forward. Following Paul Boughey’s departure to the private sector, our National Chairperson, Michael Beaumont, assumed the key responsibility to coordinate our relationships with our donors. This was short-term arrangement given his duties in running the organisation and its campaigns.

Remarkably Alan’s relationship with ActionSA began as a funder of the party which makes him an ideal choice as someone to interface with our donors. He has subsequently been elected as an eThekwini Councillor and is a member of ActionSA’s Senate – our highest decision-making body. We are extraordinarily proud to have people of such character and private sector experience bringing the crucial perspectives of the private sector and people who are new to politics. 

Alan Beesley is a Durban-based Chartered Accountant holding a Masters in Development Studies, with many years of experience in private equity. In 2000, Alan was part of a management buy-in team that acquired a private company in the packaging and distribution industry. The transaction was funded by RMB Corvest as the private equity partner. In 2005 the business was sold to Bidvest Limited and at the time of the sale was RMB Corvest’s most successful leveraged management buy-in transaction. As part of the sale agreement, Alan continued to work for Bidvest for two years.

In 2007 Alan followed a calling to work within the development sector and has been involved in developing and implementing market driven approaches in providing sustainable solutions to the various developmental issues facing South Africa.

Alan is currently a director of a philanthropic investment company whose mandate is to make a positive societal difference whilst creating wealth. Alan has and continues to serve on numerous boards including those of various Non-Governmental Organisations.

We are very pleased to inform you that Alan Beesley will assume the role of National Fundraising Chairperson going forward. Following Paul Boughey’s departure to the private sector, our National Chairperson, Michael Beaumont, assumed the key responsibility to coordinate our relationships with our donors. This was short-term arrangement given his duties in running the organisation and its campaigns.

Remarkably Alan’s relationship with ActionSA began as a funder of the party which makes him an ideal choice as someone to interface with our donors. He has subsequently been elected as an eThekwini Councillor and is a member of ActionSA’s Senate – our highest decision-making body. We are extraordinarily proud to have people of such character and private sector experience bringing the crucial perspectives of the private sector and people who are new to politics. 

Alan Beesley is a Durban-based Chartered Accountant holding a Masters in Development Studies, with many years of experience in private equity. In 2000, Alan was part of a management buy-in team that acquired a private company in the packaging and distribution industry. The transaction was funded by RMB Corvest as the private equity partner. In 2005 the business was sold to Bidvest Limited and at the time of the sale was RMB Corvest’s most successful leveraged management buy-in transaction. As part of the sale agreement, Alan continued to work for Bidvest for two years.

In 2007 Alan followed a calling to work within the development sector and has been involved in developing and implementing market driven approaches in providing sustainable solutions to the various developmental issues facing South Africa.

Alan is currently a director of a philanthropic investment company whose mandate is to make a positive societal difference whilst creating wealth. Alan has and continues to serve on numerous boards including those of various Non-Governmental Organisations.

ABOUT US

ActionSA was formed in August 2020 by the former Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, to change the direction of South Africa by providing a credible alternative to a broken political system that has failed South Africans for many years since the dawn of South Africa’s democracy.

ActionSA’s foundations are grounded in The People’s Dialogue, a 9-month public engagement process which solicited the views of 2.4 million South Africans about the future of their country. Our focus is on Action that moves South Africa forward from an era of broken promises, corruption and failed government.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION RESULTS

ActionSA Makes History

There is nothing as powerful in this world than that moment when good people realise that they are the majority, and stand together to change the course of history as one.

Herman Mashaba

After launching on the 29th of August 2020, ActionSA contested its first elections on the 1st of November 2021, contesting 6 municipalities across 2 provinces in the 2021 Local Government Elections.

Despite launching in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and facing the limitations of campaigning under varying degrees of lockdown, ActionSA succeeded in winning 90 seats across the 6 municipalities, with historic wins in Soweto, Stanger and Newcastle in KZN, Laudium, and Centurion in Tshwane, and suburbs in the South of Joburg!

In addition to this, ActionSA had to contest these elections without its name on the ward ballot paper – something which resulted in an unprecedented 25% less ward votes than PR votes

Contesting just 6 out of 278 municipalities, ActionSA received a total of 547,862 votes, making us the 6th largest party nationally.

Importantly, ActionSA achieved this historic accomplishment by attracting voters from across the political spectrum and helping to bring the ANC below 50% nationally for the first time since 1994.

JOHANNESBURG

ActionSA wins 16.05%, (44 seats)

ANC down to 33.60%

TSHWANE

ActionSA wins 8.64%, (19 seats)

ANC down to 34.63%

EKURHULENI

ActionSA wins 6.60%, (15 seats)

ANC down to 38.19%

KwaDukuza

ActionSA wins 7.87%, (5 seats)

ANC down to 49.56%

ETHEKWINI

ActionSA wins 1.93%, (4 seats)

ANC down to 42.02%

Newcastle

ActionSA wins 3.52%, (3 seats)

ANC down to 31.30%

  • We succeeded in our primary objective of assisting to bring or keep the ANC below 50% in all 6 municipalities, as well as nationally (for the first time since 1994). We were able to bring the ANC under 40% in 3 municipalities of these municipalities (Johannesburg, Tshwane and Newcastle) from which they are unlikely to ever recover to govern again.  
  • In Johannesburg we secured our position as the 3rd largest party (behind the ANC and DA), having won support from the ANC, DA and EFF (the former third-largest party). We have overtaken the EFF, damaging its image in the process, and brought the ANC to 33% from 44% in 2016.
  • ActionSA succeeded in winning a ward in the CBD of Newcastle. It is worth noting that the EFF is yet to win a ward in any election, despite having contested both the 2016 and 2021 Local Government Elections, as well as numerous by-elections.
  • ActionSA has grown a truly wide-ranging and diverse support base, winning Voting Districts (VDs) in traditionally Black, White, Indian and Coloured communities.

ActionSA is the first party to make meaningful inroads into the ANC’s support, a remarkable achievement for such a young party. While others put up poster cliaming to be the only party capable of beating the ANC, ActionSA is actually drawing support in ANC-strongholds.

ACTIONSA IN THE HEADLINES

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OUR VISION

An inclusive, prosperous and secure future for all South Africans in a country healed from its past.

OUR MISSION

We exist in service to the South African people by working to deliver governments at local, provincial and a national level that act effectively and decisively to their benefit.

OUR VALUES

ActionSA Making Waves

ActionSA Launches First of its Kind - Coalition Public Engagement Platform ▼

ActionSA was a party born out of The People’s Dialogue, engaging the people of South Africa is one of our core values. As such, when the question arose during the election campaign as to who ActionSA might go into coalitions with, we made a commitment to take that question to the residents following the election.

Being a party of our word, we recently launched our coalitions public engagement platform, open to all residents in the 6 municipalities we contested.

In total, over 17,000 residents responded in the 5 days that the engagement process was open. 

An astonishing 91% said that they want to see ActionSA try to form a government, with around 29% indicating they would prefer a coalition with the Democratic Alliance, 

Importantly, what this engagement process shows is that no opposition party is viewed as the perfect coalition partner for ActionSA. Not a single political party was able to garner close to 50% support from residents polled in this process.

ActionSA has committed that our role in coalitions, both the negotiations and their operating, will be done in a manner that places residents of municipalities first. A critical component of this is to ensure that decisions regarding coalition are made with a mandate.

Residents were asked which political parties ActionSA should consider when entering coalitions negotiations.

ActionSA has committed itself to coalitions but solely on the basis of the following principles:

  • Openness and transparency with how public support is used in coalition.
  • A commitment to fighting corruption, including investigating serious claims of malfeasance in coalitions since 2016.
  • A common service delivery programme agreed upfront which outlines priorities and non-priorities.
  • A pro-poor and pro-business agenda that is seen as mutually inter-dependent.

Results Show ActionSA is Uniting South Africans▼

As results began to trickle in during the early morning hours following the election on 01 November, it became clear that ActionSA had done something special.

In the municipalities we contested, just 13 months after our formation, early results indicated that unlike other established political parties, who generally draw support from a specific demographic of voters, ActionSA was drawing support across all communities.

In Soweto, a long-time stronghold of the ANC, ActionSA was able to draw a massive 21% of the vote, the most any opposition party has been able to garner in our democratic history.

Soweto
Randburg

Similarly, in the leafy upmarket suburb of Randburg, a well-known DA stronghold, ActionSA was able to draw 20% of the vote. Once again, the highest portion of the vote any political party other than the DA has been able to draw in our democratic history.

While both of these are in Johannesburg, ActionSA’s support was not limited to the City of Gold. In Newcastle, a land-locked municipality in KZN, ActionSA won our first-ever ward in a majority indian area.

These results show that ActionSA is doing what we always knew we could – Bring South Africans together on the basis of a shared set of values, with the overarching goal of fixing South Africa.

OUR REQUEST OF YOU

ACTIONSA HAS EMERGED FROM THIS ELECTION AS ONE OF THE FEW PARTIES THAT HAS EXHIBETED MOMENTUM.

We are the only political party that has taken votes from the ANC and demonstrated support base in all communities which offers the strongest growth prospects to 2024.

There is no doubt that we are poised to plan and deliver an expansion of ActionSA into the 9 provinces, where structures already exist and are eagerly awaiting this move.

The ActionSA Senate has scheduled its strategic session for early December, from which our plans will arise to successfully manage this expansion.

We are now less than 3 years away from the 2024 Provincial and National Elections. As the old adage goes “votes are won between elections and not during elections.”

It is for this reason that the effective management of ActionSA’s expansion, and the consequent need to be effectively resourced, is so critical to the 2024 National and Provincial Election outcome.

These Local Government Elections has demonstrated a vulnerability on the part of the ANC, slipping below 50% for the first time in our country’s history. ActionSA has revealed that we are the only party that wins votes from the heartland of the ANC’s support base and the only party that has developed a truly multi-racial support base.

I am asking you to get behind ActionSA and to contribute to the resourcing of the campaign that will new national and provincial governments in 2024.

Bank:     Nedbank

Branch:  198765

Account: 1211229459

Thank you,

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Herman Mashaba

President, ActionSA

We’d love the opportunity to sit down and talk more about our vision for a prosperous South Africa.

Contact Michael Beaumont: michael@actionsa.org.za | +27 78 224 7396

HERMAN MASHABA'S STORY

HERMAN MASHABA'S STORY

From stability and success during the dark days of apartheid to his reluctant road to politics. This is the story of how our President, Herman Mashaba is taking the values of success he learned in business, and using them to change the face of South African politics.

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