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Deputy Minister Bapela engagement with the KwaZulu Natal Provincial House of Traditional Leaders

The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs  (CoGTA), Mr Obed Bapela held a fruitful engagement with the newly reconstituted House of Traditional Leaders in KwaZulu Natal Province.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL), Ikosi SE Mahlangu,  a representative from Endlunkulu, Prince Zulu and the members of the provincial house who have been nominated to serve at the national house, Inkosi Shinga, Inkosi Mthuli and Inkosi Gumede were introduced.

This important meeting is part of a series of many others that Deputy Minister (DM) Bapela will undertake to all provinces that have reconstituted their provincial houses. In addition to meeting the newly reconstituted houses and to map a way forward, this meeting also provided an update to traditional leaders about the resolutions taken at the Indigenous Traditional Leaders held in May and June 2017. The DM also briefed the meeting about the plans that are currently at an advanced stage to convene another gathering of traditional leaders before the end of 2017. Just like the previous summit, it will bring together different stakeholders and role-players.

As the houses are beginning with their new term of office, DM Bapela urged them to include as part of their programme of action and plans, the issues emanating for the Indaba like, (1) governments plan on the 13% ownership of land to be transferred to traditional communities within a two year period, (2) the review of Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) and (3) the call for government to convene  the land summit.

Amongst the key issues that were robustly discussed at the Indaba, was the matter of land and its ownership. According to DM Bapela, the implementation of the indaba resolutions will change the institution of traditional leaders to the better”.

The meeting noted an announcement of the South African Royal Highness Awards (SARHA) for the institution of traditional leadership which will be launched before the end of this financial year. “Explaining the importance of this awards, Deputy Minister Bapela indicated that they will promote the institution, give our royalty the recognition due to them and promote cultures, traditions, customs”. This awards will be held annually during heritage month (September) starting from 2018. More details about the awards and their launch will be provided at a later stage.

The Chairperson of the Provincial House Inkosi Chiliza, Deputy Minister Bapela and NHTL Deputy Chairperson, Ikosi Mahlangu called on traditional leaders to work together to ensure the success of this important institution. Deputy Chairperson of the NHTL, Ikosi Mahlangu also shared with the meeting plans to reconstitute the NHTL in the next month.

Traditional leaders agreed that working together and encouraging collaboration will see the institution achieving more and moving forward.


Legadima Leso

CoGTA Head of Communications

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