Media Advisory|Legislature to host Pre-Budget Sectoral Meetings
|17 April 2018


Bloemfontein - The Free State Legislature’s role is to play an oversight over the executive and holding the departments accountable for service delivery which is one of our key constitutional mandates. Public Participation is essential in this regard, where the community needs to be involved in all the processes and for their inputs to be included in the governance processes.
It is against this background that the Speaker of the Free State Legislature, Hon. Mamiki Qabathe – as part of “Taking the Legislature to the People” will be conducting pre-budget meetings in all the areas that will be hosting budget speeches. The objective of these meetings is to get the public to participate in the budget processes and get inputs as to how best can various departments better their services towards our people.
The meetings are arranged as follows:
Kroonstad
Engagement with Stakeholders of the Department of Social Development
Venue : Constantia Park Hall
Date : 17 April 2018
Time : 15h00
Engagement with Stakeholders of the Department of Health
Venue : Boitumelo Hospital
Date : 17 April 2018
Time : 17h00
NB: Relevant departments will be part of the pre-budget meetings to respond community enquiries.

 

Media Advisory|Free State Legislature mourns the passing of Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela
|03 April 2018


Bloemfontein - The Free State Legislature joins all South Africans and the world in sending condolences to the Mandela family on the passing of the anti-apartheid struggle icon, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed away on Monday afternoon the 2nd April 2018, while receiving medical attention at Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg at the age 81.


During her lifetime, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela sacrificed her career and her individual interests to focus on the interests of all our people. She used all her energies and skills to represent the downtrodden masses of our country, she became the voice of the voiceless, a torch bearer during the dark days of apartheid and candle that refused to be blown away. For many years, she stood with the poor and remained the great patriot for African independent. She was always with the people and inspired many anti-apartheid struggles and protests across the country during the period in which many ANC leaders were exiled and imprisoned. Mama Winnie was well-known across the world for her resilience and clarity but also for her leadership.


Her activism and resistance to apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions, eventually causing her to be banished to a small town of Brandfort in the then Orange Free State. The idea was to isolate her from the thick of things in the Transvaal but due to her love of people, instead of prison Brandfort rather became another home.


While expressing her shock and sadness, the Speaker Hon. Mamiki Qabathe said ‘’as a struggle icon in her own right during the years of apartheid and suppression, Mama Madikizela-Mandela was a rock, defender of the vulnerable and defenceless. She was a torch bearer, a gender activist, an inspiration to millions of down-trodden women across the globe and a fighter. She dedicated most of her adult life to the cause of the people and for this she became known as the Mother of the Nation.’’


The Free State Legislature encourages our society particularly the youth to follow in her footsteps and become selfless servants of our country. Our youth must make a choice and follow in the footsteps of such great leaders.

During the darkest periods of apartheid, Mama Winnie was feared by the system, the security agencies regularly and consistently visited her house and harassed her in front of her children. Her resilience and resolute reaction against the system in defence of our people proved the Sesotho proverb that “Mme o tshwara thipa ka bohaleng”.
We at the Free State Legislature and certainly South Africa and the world as a whole will remain indebted to Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s contribution. May her soul rest in peace.


 

To All Media Houses
06 April 2018
The Free State Legislature notes the confusion caused by the picture taken during the oath-taking ceremony of a new member Kwekwe William Bulwane, Wednesday the 4th of April 2018 as a Member of the Legislature. The picture that was circulated on various social media platforms showed the official photograph of the former President Jacob Zuma still hanging on the wall inside the office of the Speaker instead of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Understandably, the photograph drew negative public attention to the institution to the extent that the institution is regarded as defiant to the President of the Republic. We wish to place our record straight, that we recognise President Cyril Ramaphosa as the only President in the Republic. We support the ideas, leadership and vision of President Ramaphosa and the direction he is taking in resolving the problems facing our country.
As a result, the institution has removed all photos of the former President and former Premier from our walls. It has become clear that the process of removing and replacing new photos with the correct specification took longer than intended. We wish to indicate that this is not the business culture within the Free State Legislature. We therefore wish to send our deepest regret and apologies to all South Africans and the Presidency about the confusion this issue might have caused.

 

Media Advisory|Free State Legislature mourns the passing of Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela
|03 April 2018


Bloemfontein - The Free State Legislature joins all South Africans and the world in sending condolences to the Mandela family on the passing of the anti-apartheid struggle icon, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed away on Monday afternoon the 2nd April 2018, while receiving medical attention at Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg at the age 81.


During her lifetime, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela sacrificed her career and her individual interests to focus on the interests of all our people. She used all her energies and skills to represent the downtrodden masses of our country, she became the voice of the voiceless, a torch bearer during the dark days of apartheid and candle that refused to be blown away. For many years, she stood with the poor and remained the great patriot for African independent. She was always with the people and inspired many anti-apartheid struggles and protests across the country during the period in which many ANC leaders were exiled and imprisoned. Mama Winnie was well-known across the world for her resilience and clarity but also for her leadership.


Her activism and resistance to apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions, eventually causing her to be banished to a small town of Brandfort in the then Orange Free State. The idea was to isolate her from the thick of things in the Transvaal but due to her love of people, instead of prison Brandfort rather became another home.


While expressing her shock and sadness, the Speaker Hon. Mamiki Qabathe said ‘’as a struggle icon in her own right during the years of apartheid and suppression, Mama Madikizela-Mandela was a rock, defender of the vulnerable and defenceless. She was a torch bearer, a gender activist, an inspiration to millions of down-trodden women across the globe and a fighter. She dedicated most of her adult life to the cause of the people and for this she became known as the Mother of the Nation.’’


The Free State Legislature encourages our society particularly the youth to follow in her footsteps and become selfless servants of our country. Our youth must make a choice and follow in the footsteps of such great leaders.

During the darkest periods of apartheid, Mama Winnie was feared by the system, the security agencies regularly and consistently visited her house and harassed her in front of her children. Her resilience and resolute reaction against the system in defence of our people proved the Sesotho proverb that “Mme o tshwara thipa ka bohaleng”.
We at the Free State Legislature and certainly South Africa and the world as a whole will remain indebted to Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s contribution. May her soul rest in peace.



                                   

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