AfriFo­rum on board

Civil rights or­gan­i­sa­tion part­ners with provin­cial gov­ern­ment to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NORTH WEST NEWS - KAG­ISO METSWAMERE elfast@the­newage.co.za

AFRIFO­RUM has com­mit­ted to work with the provin­cial gov­ern­ment in its ac­tiv­i­ties to de­velop and im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery and the econ­omy of the prov­ince.

Speak­ing at the provin­cial co­or­di­nat­ing coun­cil at Mahikeng Ho­tel School on Wed­nes­day, CEO Kal­lie Kriel said AfriFo­rum will mo­bilise its mem­bers to work closely with the provin­cial gov­ern­ment in im­prov­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery and the econ­omy of the prov­ince.

“This is the be­gin­ning of good re­la­tions be­tween us and the provin­cial gov­ern­ment be­cause we did not have good com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the past,” Kriel said.

“We are pleased that we have be­gun work­ing to­day start­ing with our in­volve­ment and con­tri­bu­tion in this im­por­tant gath­er­ing which has never hap­pened be­fore since our for­ma­tion.”

AfriFo­rum is a South African civil­rights or­gan­i­sa­tion linked to the Sol­i­dar­ity trade union.

It was es­tab­lished in 2006 with the ob­jec­tive of en­cour­ag­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion of sta­tis­ti­cal mi­nor­ity groups such as Afrikan­ers in public de­bate and civil ac­tions.

It has more than 4000 mem­bers, most com­ing from the farm­ing com­mu­nity.

Kriel ex­plained that the fo­rum is a civil rights ini­tia­tive that seeks to mo­bilise civil so­ci­ety and specif­i­cally mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties to take part in demo­cratic de­bate and ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We are not a po­lit­i­cal party or work­ing for any po­lit­i­cal party in this coun­try, our ob­jec­tive is to work to­gether with the en­tire na­tion to bet­ter our coun­try.

“We are al­ways mis­un­der­stood for be­ing a racism or­gan­i­sa­tion and to­day we are very happy that we got an op­por­tu­nity to present what we are about and com­mit to work with the provin­cial gov­ern­ment and its mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to break the racial lines.”

Re­spond­ing to the pre­sen­ta­tion of AfriFo­rum, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and hu­man settlement MEC Fenny Gao­laolwe said they are pleased that the or­gan­i­sa­tion had clar­i­fied what they are about and com­mit­ted to work with them in fu­ture.

“I must ad­mit that we did not have a very healthy re­la­tion­ship with AfriFo­rum in the prov­ince and to­day I am pleased that they are here to ex­plain what they do ex­actly and how they are will­ing to work with us to bet­ter ser­vice de­liv­ery es­pe­cially in our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,” Gao­laolwe said.

“I will be ini­ti­at­ing a meet­ing with them fol­low­ing this meet­ing to re­solve the is­sues we have with some of their mem­bers on var­i­ous is­sues and main­tain the good re­la­tion for the fu­ture of this prov­ince.”

Also re­act­ing to the pre­sen­ta­tion, Premier Supra Mahumapelo wel­comed AfriFo­rum’s com­mit­ment to work­ing with the prov­ince and urged them to par­tic­i­pate mostly in the Set­sokot­sane 10 x 10 cam­paign in the prov­ince.

“We wel­come your pre­sen­ta­tion and in­ter­ac­tion with us to­day and we are also ex­cited about the re­la­tion we are start­ing here to­day be­cause it will help us to build a non-racial and a pros­per­ous com­mu­nity with this spirit of Saamw­erk/Saamtrek in the prov­ince,” Mahumapelo said.

“We in­vite the CEO of AfriFo­rum to en­cour­age its mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in our Set­sokot­sane 10 x 10 cam­paign that we are us­ing to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery and also im­prove our econ­omy in the prov­ince.”

The premier an­nounced that AfriFo­rum would from now par­tic­i­pate in all the BBPPC quar­terly sit­tings.

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