The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Des van Rooyen in his address to the delegates attending the launch of the United Royal Kingship Foundation urged for continued partnership to develop communities. This important foundation is one of the most fundamental resolutions of the recent Traditional and Indigenous Leaders Indaba held in June this year (2017), which was to seek a model for radical socio-economic development.
“Today marks yet another milestone in the history of our country as we are on course to liberate our people from the challenges of poverty through this launch which is another testimony that working together, we shall achieve more. This launch is a step in the right direction towards addressing the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality”, said Minister.
According to Minister, working together cannot be optional if we all have at heart the development of our communities. “Let us all work together to liberate our people during these trying times for a better life”, he added.
What this foundation entails is the participation of traditional leaders in radical socio-economic transformation, which implies a fundamental change in the structure, systems, institutions and patterns of ownership, management and control of the economy in favour of all South Africans, especially the poor, the majority of whom are African and female.
Minister emphasised that it is only until the mainly rural constituency is touched by the effects of radical socio-economic transformation, can we have said to have made progress in achieving our goals. The launch is a demonstration of our solid intentions to ensure that our communities do benefit. “This actions of today has the capacity of indeed shaping our own destination”, added Minister.
Speaking to delegates, Minister van Rooyen said that the foundation should be managed with adherence to strict governance regulations which must be central in terms of how we deal with this important vehicle so that we can achieve what we aspire to, which is to liberate our people from hunger, unemployment, poverty and many other social ills. Together we can move this foundation to greater heights, nationally and internationally.
“We congratulate our royalty for coming up with this great initiative, which we see as a vehicle towards empowering our people in rural areas to live a better life after-all”, concluded Minister.
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