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Deputy Minister Bapela Urges More Engagements to Strengthen the Institution of Traditional Leadership

“The institution of traditional leadership is important in our country and is fully recognised through our Constitution. Government acknowledges the important role played by traditional leaders in South Africa’s constitutional democracy and in communities, particularly in relation to their development. Government remains committed to supporting and working with Traditional Leaders, hence the significance of the reconstituted Provincial House of Traditional Leaders”, this were the sentiments expressed by Deputy Minister Obed Bapela in Limpopo.

The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs  (CoGTA), Mr Obed Bapela continued the countrywide engagements with the newly reconstituted Provincial Houses of Traditional Leaders. On 03 November, accompanied by MEC of CoGHSTA Mr Jerry Ndou, DM Bapela met with the executive of the newly reconstituted House of Traditional Leaders in Limpopo Province.

The Deputy Minister’s visit to Limpopo comes just days before the expected reconstitution of the National House of Traditional Leaders  scheduled to take place on 09 November 2017. “This important milestone will usher a new term of the fifth term of the National House”, said DM Bapela.

Briefing the meeting, DM Bapela outlined a range of issues that the department is working on, which include induction of the new members of houses, the second summit of traditional leaders, policies, Bills, initiation and many other key issues.

“The issues of land remain significant , hence the importance of traditional leaders to use the coming indaba to engage robustly on this in an effort to ensure a full implementation of the resolutions of the previous indaba held earlier in 2017. We should strive to ensure that we develop and strengthen this institution on an ongoing basis as this will allow them to be actively in developing their communities”, urged DM Bapela.

Welcoming the visit of the Deputy Minister, the MEC and the Chairperson of the Provincial House Kgoshi Dikgale , they expressed their appreciation of the engagement and committed to working together to ensure that this important institution remains empowered.

The Deputy Minister appreciated the opportunity to engage and called for such engagements in an effort to continue strengthening this important institution and the coming summit will also assist.



 Legadima Leso

CoGTA Head of Communications

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