Khosikhulu, Toni Mphephu Ramabulana
The Office of the MEC as represented by
The Executive Mayor of Vhembe District Municipality
The Executive Mayor of Makhado Local Municipality
Members of the Executive Committee
The youth of the region
Not long I visited this region where SAFCOL had built a hall for the community of Tshitavhadulu.
Then I had said to Khosikhulu, that the hall should be a table where men would gather and talk about the importance of nationhood.
Today Safcol caused us to gather here at Ha-Radzilani under Chief Radzilani to celebrate the building of this community hall.
Safcol is a state forestry company conducting timber harvesting and processing.
The trees they plant play an important part in the life of man.
Historically, wanderers and travellers used the shades provided by the trees to rest before continuing with their journey.
Men would sit under the tree and take serious decisions.
Safcol present us with that opportunity.
On behalf of the people they plant the trees for us to breathe and rest.
Predominantly, rural areas lack a number of developmental resources.
As is the case with this community, it lacked a place of meeting and recreation.
Today through Safcol, we have made it possible that the single need is addressed.
The Department of Public Enterprises has oversight over six State Owned Companies.
These are Safcol which brought us here today.
Alexkor which is in the mining sector operating in the Namaqualand region in the Northern Cape.
South African Airways which operates in the aviation sector
Eskom which generates and distribute electricity for the country
Denel which is the manufacturer of defence equipments
And Transnet operating in transportation in the rail and ports.
These companies operate their business where our people are located.
The people being the owners, these companies are directed to contribute to the development of those communities.
In particular, there is a lot required to develop the rural areas of South Africa and deliver a better life for our people staying in those areas.
Gathered here are leaders from 10 villages operates in
I am told they are here to celebrate what is in fact theirs
Our people used to gather in halls, churches and under the trees to discuss means to liberate themselves.
It is when people are able to gather that we can succeed in building a united nation with a strong patriotism.
The benefit flowing from a united nationhood is the ability to communicate a single message heard by all.
Since the re-opening of the land claims process, to date 36,000 claims have been received.
We understand that almost the entire land where Safcol is operating forms part of the claims.
I am not saying the land is under dispute deliberately.
I say so because it is the truth that people are the owners of land.
The manner in which our people have conducted themselves after the initial process of claims was indicative of a matured society bound by a commitment to shared values.
As Safcol continues with its operations, we want to see graduates from their programmes playing a role in developing our communities.
Ladies and gentlemen, between 1994 and 2014 5,8million households received electricity.
We recognize that 3.4 million households are still without electricity as there are challenges of the shortage of supply.
In December 2014, Cabinet formed a War-ROOM of Ministers to focus on stabilising the electricity supply to the nation.
The contribution of the community is to ensure that electricity is used responsibly.
The President advised households using electricity to switch to gas-use for their cooking and heating.
Government departments are also urged to use electricity responsibly.
We need the commitment of all in order to pass this passage.
Amidst all which has been reported about Eskom, today we are in a hall which has been electrified.
Challenges are present. But our commitment to move South Africa forward must unite us always.
The President of the Republic JG Zuma announced measures to address the challenges of water during the SONA.
The water challenges affect everyone in the country.
70% of the South African population has access to clean drinking water.
Of those who have water, South Africa loses R7 billion a year on water losses.
The Department of Public Enterprises and the SOC are not mandated to deal with water.
The department of Water and the municipalities in some instance hold the right to provide water to the communities.
The SOC under the DPE, have been able to intervene in certain areas applying their CSI.
Outside this hall we have a borehole erected for the benefit of the community.
At Ha-Maguada village we have another borehole erected for the benefit of that community.
Khosikhulu, this is our contribution to bettering the lives of our people in this region.
The young people who are represent the future of this region and the country.
What the government is currently pursuing has young people as beneficiaries.
Of course for them to benefit requires that they be prepared for challenges ahead.
At the moment, the country is faced with a challenge of shortage of artisans.
The NDP provides that the country needs to produce 30,000 artisans per year until 2030.
Therefore, the choice of subjects which they make is critical to the future of the country.
Schools need to increase the number of learners doing mathematics and science.
Our SOC have been positioned to assist in increasing the pool of artisans and technicians.
Denel Academy offers young people an opportunity to train as engineers.
On the other hand, Transnet has its own academy as well as Eskom.
These centres unfortunately only serve to complement what the FETs and other centres of higher learning are providing.
It is therefore critical that learners beyond matric be encouraged to pursue studies in FET colleges for qualifications in engineering and technical studies.
We have brought our SOC to share that information with the youth of this region.
Transnet, Eskom, Denel, SAX and Safcol are here to share with the youth opportunities available within the SOC.