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20 years of freedom
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Keynote Address by Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality Mayor the Honourable Mayor Cllr Mv Madlala on the occasion of Mayoral Cup Gala Dinner

20 July 2013

Programme Director
Her Worship The Mayor Uthukela District: Cllr DCP Mazibuko
Leadership of SALGA
Management of SALGA
Councillors
Leadership of the Local Organising Committee
Stakeholders
Sports Men & Women
Distinguished Guests
Community Members
Management and Officials
Officials & Supporting Staff from all Stakeholders
All protocol observed
Ladies and Gentlemen;

Good Evening.

It is with great pleasure that you have accepted the invitation and attended to this Gala Dinner of the Mayoral Cup Games organised by Uthukela District and indeed hosted by Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality.

Programme Director

It must be noted that on Thursday (18 July )we just again celebrated the 95th Birthday of the 1st President of the Democratic South Africa and we are hoping that each and every one of us has adapted to a call of 67 minutes and beyond, by doing so, we are still adhering to and assuming responsibilities of a democratic government in the local sphere towards defining the context and the content of the Freedom Charter to an actual programme of government in order for every one of us to feel that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people.

It is against this understanding that the Mayoral Cup Games, with all its processes, must be seen as a tool that is used to ensure that there is maximum public participation in sports and recreation initiatives.

  • Sports can play a positive role in nation building and reconciliation.
  • Through sports, values such as respect for others
  • Sport provides people with a social context where they can encounter other people in a non-threatening way and can get rid of harmful emotions.
  • Sports encourages competition and tension in a game which are healthy elements

Programme Director we appreciate all the work that has been done until today,

Our teams with all their potential are passionate advocates of greater participation and they are ready for kick-off

Therefore, this calls upon all our sports men & women to participate meaningfully in the process as it also seeks to empower our society with knowledge and expectation of what will be delivered by the government of the day.

I would like to express our sincere thanks to the MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports & Recreation: Mrs N Sibhidla in her absentia.

On behalf of all Exco Members Present, all Councillors, our most valued invited guests, Ladies and Gentlemen!

It`s my privilege to have been asked to deliver a welcoming note on this occasion.

On behalf of the Mayoral Cup Uthukela Games, I would like to thank all speakers for gracing this important event and sharing with us all presentations and opinions.

Thank you to the speakers who will deliver words of support on this prestigious event.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to place on record and thank all Government Departments, Stakeholders & Municipalities present today and the service they have provided on this function for the perfect logistic support and guidance provided to all of us.

I also extend sincere gratitude to all service providers for their enormous co-operation in the organization of this event.

Well, Programme Director, Ladies and Gentlemen, an event like this cannot happen overnight. The wheels started rolling weeks ago.

It requires planning and a bird`s eye for details.

We have been fortunate enough to be backed by a team of very motivated and dedicated colleagues who know their job and are result driven and focus on the output.

Thank you to the conveners of the different commissions

I cannot thank everyone enough for their involvement and their willingness to take on the completion of tasks beyond their comfort zones!

Last but not least, on behalf of the Uthukela Mayoral Cup Games Gala Dinner, thank you to all staff and officials who have worked successfully from:

  • invitations
  • Technical Arrangements
  • Stage Setting And Lighting
  • transport
  • Catering
  • the Press

We thank you for being with us this evening -

It is a great pleasure.

Thank you to all the sporting federations

The draw has been done lets get ready for the kick-off

"Qhude Manikiniki, Zindala Zombili"

In so saying, I welcome you all and I trust that you will all have a splendid evening.

I Thank You.