Let me first express my gratitude to you for having taken your time to attend this meeting which is the first of its nature. This is indeed the first time the African Ministers are meeting to discuss among themselves issues of common interest during the World Heritage Committee Session.
I want to extend my warmest greetings to all of you present, it gives me great joy to appear before parliament to present my budget vote and also to interact with you the representatives of our people.
I extend a word of welcome to all of you present here. I welcome you to the land of President Nelson Mandela and Ma Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu who had they lived, would have celebrated their 100th birthday this year.
Deputy President, Hon. DD Mabuza.
Social Cohesion Advocates.
Members of Media
It is once again a great honour and privilege that I too add my voice on this day on the commemoration to mark Human Rights Day.
I extend my warmest greetings to all of you present. Today marks an important day in the life of our country. In this small corner of Ward eight (8), Kwa-Mthethwa we have gathered to officially handover a library to this community.
I extend my warmest greetings to all of you present. We have gathered here to advance the cause for peace, social progress and economic justice for all our people. A task that we should not take light. For us to be where we are, others laid down their lives.
We have gathered here this morning to deal with a matter of national significance, that is a memory of a nation. A nation, which does not know and honour its past, is like a tree without roots.
We meet here today on what is a highly anticipated occasion as we launch the Art Bank by opening an exhibition of artworks that will form part of the curated art collection, of the Art Bank.
Today, we gather here to pay homage to one of our most revered and loved artists - Oom Ray, also fondly known as Bra Ray and Tata Ray and Chikapa - because first and foremost he was an uncle and brother to us all, a member of the family and a true patriot who loved this country with all his heart.
Today, we meet here on a day which has significance in our history as the 23rd May marks the 23 anniversary of admission of our country as the 53rd member state of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) now African Union (AU), in Tunis, Tunisia.