The Better Residents Association (BRA) – formerly known as the Bushbuckridge Residents Association – was formed in 2011 by the Bushbuckridge community under the leadership of Delta Mokwena and its founding leader, Cleopas Maunye.
The party’s formation came after a number of service delivery concerns by the local community, claiming despite memorandums sent to key government officials, no response was received.
The party’s emblem represents a spring, symbolically reflecting new life.
In 2013, Delta Mokoena was convicted of vigilantism after threatening to burn a resident and his house if the man didn’t leave the area after he accused the man’s son of being a thief.
The party won its first seats at the local government level in the 2011 municipal elections. It also has seats in the Bushbuckridge and Bela-Bela local municipalities, following the 2016 Municipal elections.
BRA won one seat in Mpumalanga from the 2014 Provincial elections and lost it during the 2019 election.
The party expelled three of its ward councillors toward the end of 2020.