Budget Vote 13 Speech by Deputy Minister Obed Bapela,
Friday, 18 July 2014 22:15

Budget Vote 13 Speech by Deputy Minister Obed Bapela,
Traditional Affairs, July 2014

Honourable House Chairperson
Honourable Chairperson and Members of the Portfolio Committee
Honourable Minister Pravin Gordhan
Deputy Minister Andries Nel
MEC’s, Mayors and Councillors
Leadership of Houses of Traditional Leaders
Leaders of Contralesa
Chairpersons of Gogta Public Entities
Ladies and Gentlemen
Fellow South Africans

My Theme is “Local Government is everybody business – Be part of it and make it work” and is Taken from COGTA Slogan.

We present this Budget today, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy and the start of the 5th administration in which the President announced that - We now have a Deputy Minister with special focus on Traditional Affairs.

His Excellency President Jacob Zuma said “Local Government is the heart of the lives of the people of South Africa. It is where we get the water we drink, the electricity we use, the roads we drive in, the parks that our children’s use to play, and is about building healthy living communities”.

A narrative of what is a long story by John Lennon on what he said could be an ideal community and municipality. “You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. Together we can bring this city and surrounding areas closer to our ideal vision. But in order to build a place that better suits the needs of everybody. We need everyone’s voice and everyone’s help! So stand up”.

Going forward we must make municipalities functional and ensure that they do not compromise basket of services, to take us to this ideal community or municipality, that john Lennon dreamt about by doing the right things efficiently, diligently, responding to service delivery and working with all people in a partnership.

President Jacob Zuma announces members of the National Executive
Monday, 26 May 2014 13:28

President Jacob Zuma announces members of the National Executive
25 May 2014

Fellow South Africans,

Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

I am pleased to join you on Africa Day, as we conclude our transition to a new administration following the fifth national general elections.

I announced on Saturday that we have entered the second phase of our transition to a national democratic society. I also said this would be a radical phase of socio-economic transformation.

It is my pleasure today to announce the members of the National Executive, who have been tasked with improving and speeding up the implementation of our progressive policies and programmes.
The team will implement the five year Medium Term Strategic Framework of government, which has been developed using the National Development Plan and the ANC Manifesto.

To improve implementation and ensure impact, we have reconfigured some departments while others have been expanded to improve capacity.
I will briefly outline the changes and then announce the names of the new ministers and deputy ministers. We have established a Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services. 

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:19

Inauguration of new members of the CRL Rights Commission

Pretoria, 28 March 2014 - The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) in partnership with the Commission for Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) invite the media to an inauguration ceremony of new members of the CRL Rights Commission.  This is subsequent to their appointment by President Jacob Zuma in terms of section 11(4) read with 13(1) of the CRL Rights Commission Act 19 of 2002 with effect from 01 March 2014, for a period of five years.
The inauguration ceremony will be presided on by Justice Edwin Cameron and will take place as follows:

DATE: 02 April 2014
VENUE: Constitutional Court - (Constitution Hill, Johannesburg)
TIME: 13:00.

The CRL Rights Commission, is a Constitutional Institution established in terms of Section 181(1) (c) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to strengthen constitutional democracy. This is with specific reference to protection and promotion of the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic rights; furthermore to develop peace, friendship, humanity, tolerance and promote unity in diversity.