I am proud to acknowledge this industry and its different role-players and the vital role they play in the field of spatial planning and facilitating municipal service delivery and infrastructure planning.
Thank you for the complex, understated and somewhat unappreciated, yet significant role that you play in ensuring that the local government sector runs smoothly.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We meet during Womenâ€™s Month, a time dedicated by the Government of South Africa to honour the courage of the women who led the Womenâ€™s March of 1956.
We also take this opportunity to celebrate womenâ€™s achievements and promote the breaking of the glass ceiling.
I am sure that this is an ambition that the Geomatics community also shares and takes steps towards ensuring the progress of women in this field.
Let me also state unequivocally that we are against all forms of violence against women and children.
In that regard we welcome the resignation of a member of the executive following such an incident.
The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs is charged with the transformation of local municipal spaces to ensure a better life for all South Africans.
The geomatics industry provides us with the opportunity to strengthen the various strategic initiatives in our department such as the Back to Basics (B2B) programme, disaster management and the implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), together with infrastructure planning and investment across local spaces.
The theme of the 2017 conference, â€œâ€œTransforming Today for a Better Tomorrowâ€ resonates with the current initiatives within the Department of Cooperative Governance and resonates with the Chapter 13 of the National Development Plan, which focuses on building a capable and developmental state through the development of technical and specialist professional skills.
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