AfriForum on board
Civil rights organisation partners with provincial government to improve service delivery
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 4 000 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.
SERVICE DELIVERY: AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel and chief operating officer Nic Arnold with North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo at the provincial coordinating council where AfriForum made a commitment to working hand in hand with the government.