It was the dreamers who gathered in Mangaung in 1912 and formed an organisation

It was the dreamers who gathered in mangaung in 1912

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without vision and purpose, is a people with no future. It was the dreamers who gathered in Mangaung in 1912 and formed an organisation that would wage a resistance struggle against colonialism and apartheid oppression, informed by the dream of a free South Africa, which we all now enjoy. [Applause.] In this epoch in South Africa, we are fortunate to have a great visionary in the caliber of President Ramaphosa as the Head of State. He is a big dreamer and a big doer at the same time. [Applause.] The new smart city that the President talked about is our collective dream. It will be followed by decisive action, wherein we invite young innovative minds who are ICT savvy to share their ideas on the design and architecture of such a future smart city. It is our fervent view that such a smart city must be located in one our rural provinces so as to disrupt the colonial and apartheid spatial patterns. [Applause.]
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 43 In his previous state of the nation address in February this year, the President made a commitment to reduce the number of Ministries and departments, in order to save costs and rationalise the structure of government. At the start of this sixth term, the President indeed finalised the rationalisation by reducing the number of Ministers from 38 to 30 and reducing the number of departments by five. It is also the President’s constitutional right and prerogative – let me repeat this - to appoint and disappoint Ministers and Deputy Ministers. Those who wish to exercise this right must first win the elections. I just hope the EFF is listening. The successful reduction of government departments is a very important achievement, which will result in more efficiency, and integration of programmes for better results at a lower cost to government. For the new Medium-Term Strategic Framework for 2019 to 2024, which includes resourcing, social compacts and accountability mechanisms, we have a limited set of priorities emanating from the electoral mandate. The new implementation paradigm is a
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 44 radical shift to a comprehensive framework, inclusive of resourcing, integration of all public-sector institutions, social partners and accountability mechanisms. This informs all levels of government planning through an integrated planning framework. It will put more emphasis on social partnerships, resources and skills deployment by the private sector and government. It allows for a clear line of sight for the President, Cabinet and Parliament. The five-year NDP implementation priorities will be spatially referenced, in accordance with the National Spatial Development Framework and will be monitored through an implementation delivery model based on district municipalities. The broad outline of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework, including the five-year NDP implementation plan was discussed in detail with all the premiers and Ministers at the Cabinet lekgotla and is being tabled at provincial executive makgotla [councils], as I speak. The lekgotla decision was that in one month, all departments and Ministers must finalise their five-
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