Let me take this opportunity to welcome the first citizen of the Country, His Excellency the President, Mr JG Zuma
His Majesties present
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Honourable Des Van Rooyen
The Premier of Gauteng Province, Honourable David Makhura
All our Ministers who are here with us today.
Deputy Ministers Obed Bapela and Andries Nel as well as all other Deputy Ministers present
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee for CoGTA, Mr Richard Mdakane and all other parliamentarians present
Deputy Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi S E Mahlangu, Ndzundza
Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons of Provincial Houses of Traditional Leaders
President of Contralesa, Kgoshi Setlamorago Thobejane
Senior Traditional Leaders who have gathered here today, Dikgosi, Magosi, Amakhosi.
Chairperson of the National Khoisan Council, Mr Cecil Le Fleur
Leadership from CRL Commission, SALGA, Municipal Demarcation Board
Director-General and HoDs
Ladies and gentlemen
My task is very easy here today, to welcome you to this Traditional Leaders Indaba, the first of its kind. We had other Conferences before, but as I say, this is the first of its kind. Amakhosi, your presence is appreciated indeed.
Let me take this opportunity to thank Minister Des Van Rooyen and his Deputies for having made it possible for this Indaba to take place. We have been longing for this gathering so that Amakhosi can be provided with a platform to deliberate on matters of Traditional Leaders and how to relate with Government.
That opportunity has been provided and I am calling on my fellow Leaders to take this opportunity and make the best out of it.
Let’s us all feel free to air our views and raise issues that will assist our communities to develop and change for better. I am not going to pre-empt your discussions, but what I would like to say is that we are here as leaders representing our communities. Whatever we will discuss and resolve here today and for the duration of the Indaba, should be to the best interest of our communities.
Once again His Excellency Mr President, His Majesties, Ministers, Premier, Deputy Ministers, Amakhosi, I wish to welcome you here today and wish you fruitful discussions. I therefore wish you a very successful Traditional Leaders Indaba, the first of its kind.
I thank you.