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Deputy Speaker Hon Lechesa Tsenoli Budget Vote 2

Greetings Gratitude

This allocation of resources to parliament is in order to register progress, having assessed challenges in doing battle against poverty, inequality and unemployment In our country. We say so because people who suffer the consequences of these conditions are denied the dignity they deserve. The country has the responsibility to lift the most vulnerable, the poor from the impact of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Continuing race, gender and class discrimination are a blot on the progress we have made in the country.

The 2,56 billon allocated to parliament must ensure that all of it, as well as that which is allocated to government, is used for what it is meant for. In the event this is not so, swift, decisive action must be taken to restore order - it is these actions, called for by the legislative sector and responded to urgently by the executive, that will restore public confidence in our most critical institutions.

We must express gratitude for the support we continue to have from some of the countries to achieve some of our critical goals while generally building our own fiscal capacity. Capacity building of members
The work of parliament is strongly supported by institutions that support democracy. Consultations with them regularly will yield a report we will finalize soon. We will pass the responsibility to react to the recommendations to the next parliament.

The past year has been an intense one by the office of the speaker on the interaction with these bodies. About three reports are on our websites on past interactions. We will soon table the final report for formal consideration and referral to the 6th parliament.
Context matter - parliament has responsibility towards the success of these bodies.

The communication of the work of parliament, first by members themselves through their Interactions with their political parties, with the public including through parliamentary constituency offices is crucial work if we are to entrench democracy, political literacy.

The support parliament gives to these efforts through its own institutional diverse media engagement, in all official languages is progress we are steadily making. Harnessing the traditional and new media, technologies is increasing our overall responsiveness. The goal is to dramatically improve internal communication so that members are in turn effective in communicating and responding to the public in general and their constituencies in particular.

We are glad madam chair that on the thirty first of this month, parliament will launch a mini seminar series on the so called Fourth Industrial Revolution. The leadership of parliament agreed this matter needs urgent attention. The overall purpose is to enquire into what it is in essence, how it should be handled to ensure its benefits accrue to the majority of South Africans, how we deal with threats some of these new technologies may pose for all of us. Our priority challenges which our plans must deal with are poverty, inequality and unemployment.

We wish to draw the attention of all stake holders that we do have ability to influence the outcomes of the fourth industrial revolution therefore we would like to hear how coordinated, integrated government is in the efforts to deal with this challenge, how responsive our universities, business are to the capacity building resources it will require, its impact workers, men, women youth and children and crucially on employment and careers.

An African revolutionary advised members of his organization: Tell No Lies, Mask No Difficulties and Claim No Easy Victories.

     
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