Gauteng State of the Province Address 2018

David Makhura on social cohesion efforts in Gauteng

Excerpts from the Premier's State of the Province Address 2018

In the recent period, there have been more reported incidents of racism, xenophobia and gender based violence. The fact that our province also has the highest levels of inequality undermines social cohesion and nation building.

As the Gauteng Provincial Government, we will continue to roll out programmes that promote social cohesion and nation building.

The Gauteng Annual Social Cohesion Carnival continues to grow.In 2017, the carnival was attended by a cultural mosaic of 35 000 people representing different communities and national groups who celebrated our national heritage together and showcased our rich cultural diversity. The Carnival is the best standard on how we should celebrate all our national days.

Madame Speaker, the cultural and creative industries contribute to social cohesion, nation building and economic development. Almost 40% of all cultural and creative workers in South Africa are in Gauteng. The industry contributes R30 billion to the Gauteng economy.

Our province continues to host some of the finest cultural events including the Joy of Jazz, Moretele Jazz Heroes Concert, Go West Festival and the Delicious Food Festival, the Afropunk Festival and #FillUpFNBStadium by Casper Nyovest. Collectively, these events created almost 25 000 jobs, mainly benefitting young people.

The cultural and creative industries also constitute an area which offers huge economic opportunities for many young people who are creative, talented and entrepreneurial. It is in this sector of our economy where many of our youth from townships and villages have overcome poverty and disadvantage and realised their dreams.

It is also in this sector that many young people are harnessing opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution, especially new media platforms to unleash their creativity and talents.

Honourable Members, let us celebrate the phenomenal success of Purple and Black Panther as world class productions that tell stories of Africans and Black people. This is important to counter racial stereotypes.

I will convene the cultural and creative industries Indaba in June this year to develop a roadmap on how to take this important sector of our economy to the next level. Gauteng must be the creative pulse of our nation.

Gauteng is the home of champions. We are the home of competitive sport. We are the home of the great Orlando Pirates (Mabhakaniya), the spectacular Kaizer Chiefs (Amakhosi), the flamboyant Mamelodi Sundowns (Abafana be style), Wits University (the Clever Boys),Supersport United (Matsatsantsa a Pitori) and not to forget Moroka Swallows (Up the Birds), Jomo Cosmos (Ezenkosi). We love football with passion.

We are also the home of the Blue Bulls (My bloed is blou!), the Golden Lions and Die Valke. We also love rugby with passion.

Sport is a great unifier and nation builder. In 2017, we introduced the Premier’s Social Cohesion Games which drew tremendous support from soccer and rugby legends who participated in tournaments in different townships in Gauteng.

We also had the inaugural Tambo-Soncini solidarity games which celebrate international solidarity between the people of Italy and the people of South Africa.These will be annual games that bring South African and Italian youth together to showcase their talent.

I would like to thank the South African Rugby Union, the HIP Alliance and the African Diaspora for enlisting the participation of our legends who are contributing enormously to social cohesion and nation building in our province. This is another example of an emerging social compact.

I want to challenge other sporting legends-golfers, cricketers, boxers, cyclists, bikers, netballers and marathon runners to come to the fore and lend a hand in building a movement for social cohesion in our province.

To paraphrase J.F Kennedy, the critical question for you in this new dawn is to not ask what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

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