Former Minister Speeches

04 Jun 2010

It is with great pleasure and privilege that I greet you tonight. Today marks the 6 days countdown to the FIFA World Cup spectacular which will be hosted by our beloved country, South Africa. We are indeed honoured and privileged to be South Africans.

29 May 2010

I am honoured and privileged to address you here today, as we celebrate Africa Day, 12 days before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, at the Bernard Stadium in Gauteng Province.

28 May 2010

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to this historic event launching the new name of the Northern Flagship Institution - Ditsong Museums of South Africa.

28 May 2010

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to this historic event launching the new name of the Northern Flagship Institution - Ditsong Museums of South Africa.

24 May 2010

Today we gather here at the Regina Mundi Church to commemorate Africa Day.

On this day we pay tribute to the founders of the OAU (the Organisation of African Unity) who had the vision and commitment on the 25th May 1963 to form the OAU in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

21 May 2010

I am honoured to be here tonight. This year’s 22nd Africa Festival is a very special occasion indeed. The festival not only coincides with the hosting of FIFA World Cup in SA but this year’s festival is in honour of South Africa, for which we are very privileged and honored. On behalf of President Jacob Zuma and the People of South Africa, we want to extend a word of gratitude to the people of Germany and all African Countries present in this festival. Our Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Eddie Funde is unable to be with us tonight as he was in an accident and is in hospital presently. We wish him a speedy recovery.

06 May 2010

Today we deliver our Budget Vote in the year in which we celebrate 16 years of freedom and of deepening our democracy.

Speaking in his State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma, declared that 2010 would be the year of action. He pointed out that “the defining feature of this government will be that it knows where our people live, understands what their needs are and will respond faster. We will not allow a distance to arise between government and its people.”

03 Apr 2010

I am delighted to be here at the eleventh Cape Town International Jazz Festival Workshop. My ministry and department have supported this festival over a number of years and we have continued to do so this year.

06 Mar 2010

Tonight we celebrate the achievements of one of South Africa’s great women artists, a singer of international acclaim and dearly loved in this country, a woman who has made her mark in the music business and who through her songs has given us an identity and strong sense of cultural pride.

20 Feb 2010

First of all, let me say how pleased I am to be here at the Freedom Park with you. I wish to thank the organizers of this event, for giving me an opportunity to explain the National Language Policy of multilingualism to you. I know that in our country, the words “language” and “multilingualism” arouse great interest. That is a very good thing because some people think that it would be easier to have a lingua franca, that is to agree to a single language that we will all use, such as English. Others even think that other languages perceived to be of minor importance such as our African languages have no place in today’s world. I believe exactly the opposite. Let me tell you why

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