MEC Marawu pays tribute to Oliver Tambo

2017-03-15 08:20
The MEC for Roads and Public Works, Thandiswa Marawu. Photo: SUPPLIED

The MEC for Roads and Public Works, Thandiswa Marawu. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE MEC for Roads and Public Works, Thandiswa Marawu, paid tribute to the late Oliver Reginald Tambo during her policy speech in the Legislature in Bhisho this week.

She said it was not only the year of Oliver Tambo, since he would have turned 100 this year, but a year in which the government must make decisive progress in the growth and transformation of our economy.

“As we celebrate the 105th anniversary of our movement, we gather also to pay tribute to Oliver Reginald Tambo, the longest-serving President of our movement, who would have been 100 years old this year.

“The National Executive Committee of the ANC has, therefore, decided to dedicate this year – his centenary – to him. This is the year of Oliver Reginald Tambo.

“This is the year in which we celebrate his extraordinary life and supreme contribution to our freedom. This is the year in which we honour his memory by pledging to strive together, sparing neither strength nor courage, to achieve his vision of a free, democratic and united society.

“This is the year in which we affirm the statement by former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela when he declared ‘Oliver lived not because he could breathe. He lived not because blood flowed through his veins. Oliver lived not because he did all the things that all of us as ordinary men and women do. Oliver lived because he had surrendered his very being to the people. He lived because his very being embodied love, an idea, a hope, an aspiration, a vision’,” said Marawu.

Marawu said that Oliver Tambo has not died because the ideals for which he sacrificed his life can never die. She added that as long as they keep alive the ideals for which Oliver Tambo lived and sacrificed, the ANC will not die.

“For although we have made great progress since 1994 in improving the lives of our people, we have not yet overcome poverty, hunger, disease, unemployment, illiteracy and inequality.

“We have improved the lives of millions of our people. But we have not yet achieved the objective of a better life for all.

“This is the year in which we must make decisive progress in the growth and transformation of our economy,” said Marawu.

She said jobs cannot be created unless the economy grows.

According to Marawu, in the next few years, significant investment in this region’s transport and departmental infrastructure will bring extensive economic benefits.

There will also be a focus on improving the skills and capabilities of the youth as part of creating jobs for people.

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