Speech by Beauty Dambuza on the State of the Nation Address Debate
14 February 2007
Honourable Members and Ministers
Kulenjilanga, intetho yam izoqala ngokunika imbeko kwiimveku ezithe zalala ubuthongo banaphakade ngenxa yezifo iKwashiokor ne Marasmus.
Loo nto ibonakalisa mhlophe ukuba indlala lutshaba lwesizwe kwaye ayinalusini.
Iyakhwakqisa into yokufumana ukuthi ngapha ngasekunxele kwam abayiboneli ntweni lengxubakaxaka kuba bona ayibachaphazeli.
Xa umongameli obekekileyo u-cde Thabo Mbeki ethi thaca intetho yakhe yokuvula ipalamente kwintsuku ezimbalwa ezidlulileyo, uyibeke yacaca gca okwekati emhlope ehlungwini indima edlalwe ngurhulumente ka ANC, Ukuthuthukisa impilo zabantu bomzantsi kule minyaka imbalwa idlulileyo.
Kananjalo wazikhankanya nengqinamba athe wahlangabezana nazo. Waqwela ngokunika umkhombandlela kuye wonke ubani oqokiweyo ukuthi aqinisekise ukuthi iinkonzo ziyafikelela kubantu ngokubanzi.
The President has called upon all sectors to "intensify the struggle against poverty." To carry out this mandate successfully, requires a collective and concerted effort across all sectors of the society i.e Business, Public Representatives, Civil Society, Women's Movements such as PWMSA and also youth formations etc.
It is imperitive to highlight that Kwantlandlolo (since 1994) urhulumente ubesiwa evuka ukulwisana nentlupheko kunye nendlala. Loonto ke ingqinwa phaya kwimithetho nemiqulu yeentlelo zikarhuluweni (policies and programmes) singakhohlwanga kananjalo ukuthi, this government inherited a society characterized by vast racial and gender inequalities in the distribution of wealth, income, skills and employment especially amongst others, black women. Although government has made a remarkable progress to address this matter in the economic sphere, a holistic approach is of critical importance to take forward the transformation agenda.
In persuit of the oversight function, Members of Parliament should embark on massive mobilization of people through their PCO's to access opportunities for development and fight the scourge of poverty, joblessness and inequalities. They must ensure that these initiatives are people centered and driven by them.
Therefore, it is important that the existing development initiatives are known to our constituencies, as well as those institutions that have been set up in the constitution to promote democracy and a culture of human rights in the country such as Commission on Gender Equality, Human Rights Commission and Public Protector (in fact all Chapter 9 institutions).
Working closely with Local Government structures, state organs. ward committees and CDW's will be beneficiary in advancing the struggle to build a better life for the communities. The initiatives that government has taken about the co-operatives will be able to develop human resource capacities, increase savings and investments, and also improve the social economic well being of the people.
Communities must also be encouraged to utilize public facilities, meanwhile on the other hand we appeal to our Ministers that these institutions should continue providing quality services.
We welcome the announcement by the President on the training of additional professionals, salary improvements as well as conditions of employment for public service employees, and further skills development programmes hence the latter is and an integral part of economic development.
The public service is always in dire need of dedicated, patriotic and action orientated men and women, intellectuals who can contribute to building the kind of prosperous and successful society, that is without poverty and underdevelopment, where men and women and young people live in dignity with access to opportunities to make their lives better and meaningful.
We hope that these initiatives will assist employees to discharge their responsibilities with clear consciousness, to correctly analyze the challenges faced by the country and suggest workable sustainable solutions that are informed with Batho Pele, consciousness and supported by time-honoured value systems and ways of doing things differently rather than being obstacles in delivery.
" Zithi izazi uLwazi nguNdoqo"
Xa ndigoqa intetho yam, I wish to thank amaKhosikazi Kulaa ngingqi yase mohloloaneng, e-Matatiele. Kwi organization Philisani Community and Family Support Group.
Athe ngokhisimusi odluleyo (2006) anikela nge-school uniform kubantwana abangu (25) abashiywa ngabazali ngenxa yesifo ugawulayo, groceries to 30 in needy adults sithi "Mazenethole".Ukanti ke kwelinye icala sibulela inxaxheba ethatyathwe ngalamasebe karhulumente ukxhasa esisakhiwo. Agriculture, social development.
To the Hon. President, Minister of Education and the Minister of Minerals and Energy, umphakathi ucela ukuthi kujongwe neliso elibanzi umba we SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAM, slow pace on the delivery of electricity especially in Alfred Nzo which has been declared as one of the Presidential note.