Address by the Premier of the Northern Cape, Ms Sylvia Lucas at the launch of the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site and the donation of game to ‡Khomani community through symbolic release (Wildlife Economy) PDF Print E-mail

4th October 2017, Andriesvale, Dawid Kruiper Municipality
Programme Director
Honourable Minister for Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa
Members of the Executive Council
Executive Mayors and Councillors
Representatives from the ‡Khomani San
CEO of SANparks
Distinguished guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

Dit is inderdaad vir my ‘n groot plesier en eer om vandag deel te wees van hierdie geskiedkundige geleentheid. Vandag se gebeurtenis is een waarop die die Khomani San, mense van hierdie aarde en wêreld trots kan staan en ook bevestig dat hierdie Regering gestand gedoen het op ons belofte om ‘n beter lewe vir al ons mense te weeg te bring. Persoonlik voel ek trots en geëerd om deel te wees van nie net hierdie bekendstelling vandag nie, maar ook om in die geselskap van ons mense kan wees. Hierdie is my mense en ek is hul mens Minister en ons is een, gelyk in alle opsigte.

 

Dames en here, laat my toe om net so kortliks in die trotse en kleurryke geskiedenis van die Khomani San te gaan. Hierdie is ‘n groep mense wat ons hoog op prys stel omdat hulle die eerste inwoners van ons land is asook die eerste vryheidsvegters.

Hulle was die eerste wat weerstand getoon het en hulle verset het teen konolialisme. Baie het met hul lewens geboet in weerstand van hul regte en vryheid. Dit het nie net met kolonialisme geeindig nie, maar die vernedering en onderdrukking het steeds voort gegaan onder Apartheid. Hulle menseregte en waardigheid is geskend toe hulle met geweld ontneem was van die grond wat aan hulle behoort het.

Hierdie menswaardigheid is gedeeltelik herstel deur middel van die historiese grondeise skikking toe 25 000 hektaar van voorvaderlike land aan hulle terug gegee was. Die grondeise skikking het dit moontlik gemaak vir die Khomani San om terug te keer na hul voorvaderlike grond.

Vandag deur die benoeming van die “‡Khomani Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site” en die oorhandiging van die wild wil ons weereens as die Regering ons verbintenis  beklemtoon om die regte van die Khoisan mense te herstel en te bevorder sodat hulle weer in ere tot hul volle potensiaal herstel word. Hierdie is dus ‘n geleentheid wat ons almal moet vier en trots op wees.

Ladies and gentlemen, the request from the ‡Khomani San for the Farm Erin was for assistance to grow medicinal plants, solar energy, game farming and hospitality. This is aimed at empowering specifically women and young people in the hospitality environment.

This also ties in with our Northern Cape Transformation Model; where people who were historically dependent on natural resources such as wildlife were denied the opportunity to utilize them leaving their livelihoods compromised.  We are now facing the challenge of addressing these inequalities and making industries such as hunting available to all. To give effect to this programme, a series of meetings has already taken place between the Province and SANParks, to get their buy-in and support for our transformation agenda. SANParks has assured us of their commitment and today is evident of the support that we have received from the National Department of Environmental Affairs and SANparks as a part of the approved Northern Cape Biodiversity Economy Masterplan. The masterplan has listed and approved six communities and the farm Erin of the Khomani San is one of them.

As a Province we are hopeful that Sanparks will also provide similar assistance to other CPAs as we roll out our transformation of the wildlife industry.

Dames en here, ek wil afsluit deur te noem dat as verkose openbare verteenwoordigers, sal ons voortgaan om te streef vir ‘n lewensvatbare bestaan vir die Khomani San-gemeenskap in ons Provinsie wat ongelukkig gekenmerk word deur grootskaalse werkloosheid en armoede.  Vandag juig ons met julle, ons vier met julle en ons offer ons dankseggings met julle. Ons spreek ook ons hoop uit dat die skenking en die benoeming van die area tot voordeel sal strek vir vele generasies van die Khomani San mense.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me now to introduce someone with an illustrious political and academic career.  Ms Edna Molewa is the Minister of Environmental Affairs of the Republic of South Africa; a position she has held since 26 May 2014. She is the provincial chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League (ANCWL) in North West; she has been a member of the Provincial Executive Committee from 1996 and a member of the ANCWL National Executive Council since 2003.

Ms Molewa completed a course in Economic Leadership for the New Millennium and Administration Management from Wharton School of Business in the United States of America; as well as a course in Leadership at Kennedy School of Governance. She also and she holds a Certificate in Negotiating Skills by IMAMS and is currently studying towards a B.Com degree through the University of South Africa.

Ms Molewa has taught at Molotov and Mokonyane Secondary Schools from 1976 to 1981. Between 1976 and 1990, she had been involved in the underground structures of the liberation movement.

During the period 1984 to 1990, she served as chairperson of the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) at the Warm-baths Branch and became a member of the Federation of Transvaal Women. She later became deputy president of SACCAWU.

From 1987 to 1989, she was a member of the Regional Executive Committee of the Congress of South African Trade Union, Northern Transvaal, and between 1992 and 1994, she served on the board of the National Labour Economic Institute.

From 1992 to 1994, Ms Molina was deputy chairperson of the ANCWL, Garankuwa Branch; and from 1994 to 1996, she was a member of the National Assembly. She was the first women chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry during the period from 1994 to 1996.

Prior to her appointment as Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Molewa served as Minister of Social Development from 11 May 2009 to 31 October, 2010 and as Premier of North West from April 2004 to May 2009.

From 1996 to 1998, she served as a member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Tourism, Environment and Conservation in North West; from 1998 to 2000 as MEC for Economic Development and Tourism in North West and. From 2000 to 2004, to 2000; and as MEC for Agriculture, Conservation and Environment in North West.

Ms Molewa has also served as chairperson of the ANCWL in the North West; as provincial treasurer of the African National Congress (ANC) in the North West until May 2005 and as chairperson of the ANC in North West from May 2005 to May 2008.

Ms Molewa was the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of the Republic of South Africa from 1 November 2010 until 26 May 2014.

I call upon the Minister to please address us.