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
The DG DCOG and DG DTA
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.