2017 Message from the Speaker

Happy New Year and greetings as we begin 2017!

The Legislature has entered its third year in terms of its 5th legislative term. Our role and ultimate objective remains the representation of the people of the Northern Cape in terms of our Constitution.

The highlight of the year 2016 was certainly the achievement of the Legislature’s clean audit, which was a reflection of a concerted effort from all Members and officials in our respective capacities.  The clean audit signifies an overall improvement of financial management, increased accountability and maturity of good governance.

In order to give effect to the goals of the National Development Plan, it is essential that the Legislature strives to be exemplary as the arm of government charged with oversight over how public monies are prioritised by the departments.

One of our main objectives as the 5th Legislature is to be in constant and effective communication with our communities. In relation to fulfilling our constitutional obligation on public involvement, we are proud to host engagements through memorial lectures in honour of our fallen heroines and heroes who played a significant role in our country’s transition to a democratic system that honours and respects human rights and to ensure that their memory lives on.

In 2017 we will host a memorial lecture in celebration of the life and times of John Taolo Gaetsewe, in recognition for his contribution towards the struggle against apartheid. John Taolo Gaetsewe was born at Maruping village in Ga-Segonyana. He was a long-standing and respected member of the African National Congress and a dedicated trade unionist.

This year we celebrate 100 years of the life and times of one of the greatest struggle heroes, OR Tambo. Born on the 27th of October in 1917, OR Tambo was a teacher, lawyer, President and National Chairperson of the ANC. Born five years after the birth of the ruling party, Oliver Reginald Tambo spent most of his life serving in the struggle against apartheid.

The iconic leader Nelson Mandela had this to say at OR Tambo’s funeral:

“A great giant who strode the globe like a colossus has fallen. A mind whose thoughts have opened the doors to our liberty has ceased to function. A heart whose dreams gave hope to the despised has for ever lost its beat. The gentle voice who’s measured words of reason shook the thrones of tyrants has been silenced”.

It has become fundamental that as Legislators and officials alike, we not only pay homage to our struggle heros and heroines but conduct ourselves and epitomise the characters of icons such as OR Tambo. We must also position the relevance of their legacy to the work that we do, while we seek to selflessly serve our people.

A prosperous year to you all.