We are busily transforming our back-of-the-envelope workings below into a fully costed and funded plan that will cover in detail how much the guarantee programme will cost, how it will be funded, administered, implemented, monitored, evaluated and iterated. We will release our plan and model for public scrutiny once it is complete.
We estimate that we will be able to cover around 30% of the cost from re-prioritisation of the national budget, getting better value on current allocations, a higher income tax on top earners and a higher VAT rate on luxury goods.
The other 70% will need to be paid for from a fiscal stimulus averaging 3% of GDP annually over four years. Spent on infrastructure projects, it will grow our GDP up to 4 times more than the amount spent. So, the increase in borrowing in the short term will lead to a decrease in debt to GDP in the medium term.
Progress Party's first by-elections
Tue 20 July 2023
The party got its first experience of contesting elections in two heated ward contests.
Thaba Nchu branch launched
Tue 4 July 2023
Kagiso Neo Pula and her team launched a Progress Party branch in Selosesha library to help unemployed people in Thaba Nchu.
First two candidates for 19 July by-elections
Mon 26 June 2023
We are contesting wards 7 (Freedom Square) and 49 (Thaba Nchu) in Mangaung. Candidates are respectively: Aphiwe Mzilikazi, a 24-year-old musical social entrepreneur and Kagiso Pula, a 29-year-old mom who wants her daughter to live in a country filled with opportunity for all.
Registration is approved
Wed 14 June 2023
We received our registration approval letter from the IEC.
Registration submission with the IEC
Fri 19 May 2023
Our registration papers were submitted today. We are hopeful of completing the process by the end of June. In the meantime though, we are not standing still. We are launching branches, cultivating leaders, and building a meaningful, active and dynamic home for all who share our values.
Party leadership until our first full members' assembly
Fri 28 April 2023
We will hold a full members' assembly in early 2024 to vote in our leadership. Until then, Progress is being centrally coordinated by an advisory council.
Reached over 1,000 registered-voter signatures
Fri 21 April 2023
It took 5 branch relaunches over a month in March and April, but we got 1,500 signatures in support of forming Progress Party. Of those, 1,086 were registered to vote so we surpassed the threshold of 1,000 to register Progress at the national level with the IEC.
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We operate a straight-forward and transparent member tiering which is open to everyone and reflects effort made. The higher the tier of a member, the more leadership options there are available to them. Members can rise up through our tiers through two main types of activities...
Until our first full members' assembly, to be held early in 2024, the party is led by an advisory council.
While we pride ourselves on being a dynamic new party, we do have many recognisable positions within Progress Party, such as...
While our core message is about guaranteed work for all, we are setting up teams of academic experts, professionals and interested members to focus on all the main areas that need huge improvement in the country, such as...
Through the gathering of signatures for our party registration, we have discovered a high-turnout, ultra-low-cost mobilisation and organising strategy. Progress Party attracts people through our branches’ ability immediately to improve people's chances of finding work, along with the hope Progress Party brings for 2024.
Your donation will help us cover the country with our branches and pay the R700,000 election deposits to appear on the national and provincial ballots.
Any amount would be highly appreciated. No minimum (and no maximum).
Thank you for considering a donation. We incur a 3.6% fee when donations are received by card so, where possible, we prefer an EFT.
Please note: OfW voluntarily gave up its tax exempt status (exemption number 930067474) as of 1 March 2023 in order to advance PROGRESS as a political party. Effective 1 March 2023, your monetary (or property) donation to OfW is no longer tax deductible.
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If you're a coder, our website is constantly being developed in response to member needs. It is built in C#, SQL Server, BLOB storage and hosted on Microsoft Azure.
Our many unemployed volunteers run our branches on a daily basis and give our unemployed movement power, compassion and useful services in many communities.
Alastair McKenzie has donated many hours of his time working on our website. He created our CV checker - one of our most utilised functions. It assists volunteers in giving member CVs a thorough review. He has also undertaken a document storage migration for us.
Uta Reinöhl helps us with substantial and thorough editing of our press pieces. She is also a constant source of help on the tone and content of our messaging and is both a font of ideas and tireless sounding board.
Building a new political party is an enormous challenge. We can use all the help we can get!
While we make efforts to ensure our website and workshops work on even the most basic smartphone, it is almost always easier to use a computer for job seeking. As such we are always keen to receive more laptops for use in our branches. We will wipe the hard drive completely. Not just of your personal data but also your operating system will be wiped and the Ubuntu operating system will be installed.
We offer employers candidates absolutely for free. However, many employers don't yet come directly to us to supply them with candidates. We would love your help opening relationships with the talent administrators and HR departments of all the larger employers.