A very warm welcome to you all. It is indeed humbling to be in a position to welcome each and every one of you to this significant engagement.
Most importantly on behalf of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, we welcome the Public Protector and her team, and envisage that the engagements taking place during her visit will further enhance oversight in pursuit of public accountability as an important pillar of our constitutional democracy.
It certainly is no coincidence that today’s engagement coincides with a significant day on the African calendar, Africa Day. Today Africa celebrates the 54th anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of African Union established in 1963 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
The Organisation of African Union was formed in the wake of the collective quest by the leaders at the time to work together in seeking the political emancipation of the African continent from the shackles of colonialism and the ills of imperialism. The AU aims to promote greater unity and solidarity between African countries. It seeks to accelerate the political and socio economic integration of Africa.
While celebrating Africa Day, Oliver Tambo would have encouraged us as Africans to unite, hold hands and walk together to total freedom.
We therefore urge all South Africans to remain united against racism and xenophobia, and strive for a Better Africa, and a Better World, as this year’s theme suggests, and thus through such platforms of public engagement we strive for an even better South Africa, and Africa at large.
It is indeed through platforms such as these that our communities are given the power to hold public representatives and officials accountable; and the Legislature, as an oversight body we firmly believe that while moving our country forward, we should constantly seek to find innovative ways to increase feed-back opportunities to our people concerning government services and legislative processes.
A warm welcome once more to you all
I thank you