ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, MS NOMA-INDIA MFEKETO

MS NOMA-INDIA MFEKETO

AT THE PRESENTATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS BUDGET VOTE 2018/19.

THE GOLDEN ERA OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS EXPANSION

 

Honourable House Chairperson,

Ministers and deputy ministers

Honourable members of parliament

Distinguished Guest

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

Today is a special day in the history and the calendar of our Nation. It was on this day, the 10th of May 1994, that Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the First President of a Democratic South Africa. I feel honoured, privileged, but mostly humbled, to deliver my maiden Budget Vote speech as Minister in the Republic of South Africa on this historic day. 

 

In his inauguration speech, Madiba proclaimed that “The time for the healing of wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasm that divides us has come. The time to build is upon us.”

I understood Madiba’s appeal when he said “THE TIME TO BUILD IS UPON US” to literally mean, “BUILDING HOUSES FOR THE POOR, BUILDING HOMES AND SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY BUILDNG HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS AND RESTORATION OF DIGNITY.

 

Honourable members, the budget is an important instrument to effect policy and delivery interventions. It is an important mechanism that has a direct impact on the living standards of our people. With this powerful instrument, we seek to pursue our objective of a better life for all. ( to be continued )

 

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