Premier commits to improving lives in Limpopo

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Polokwane - Limpopo's Premier Cassel Mathale has committed to doing everything in his power to improve the lives of people in the province.

Delivering his acceptance speech after being elected Premier of Limpopo on Wednesday, Mr Mathale said the new ANC government will work hard to ensure that in the next five years, people's lives get improved even further.

"I wish to express my deep appreciation to the people of the province, and further commit myself to do everything in my power to live up to your expectations," he said.

Mr Mathale was first sworn in as Limpopo Premier in March 2008 following the resignation of Sello Moloto, who later joined the Congress of the People (Cope).

The premier also extended a hand of friendship to members of the opposition, Cope and the Democratic Alliance (DA) to join the ANC led legislature on its forward march to build a better province.

He also urged Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) and Members of the Executive Council (MEC's) to put their shoulders to the wheel to make a difference in the lives of the people.

"It is for this reason why we implore members of this august body, to take to heart the commitments we made in our election manifesto, so that they are fully implemented for the benefit of our people.

"As a country that gained its liberation through struggle, experience teaches us that, service delivery will simply not happen on its own, without us putting much effort to ensure that things get done," he said.

While warning the MPLs about the huge task ahead of them, he said: "There will always be detractors along the way, but ours is to keep heads above water, so that we are not drowned by the challenges that come our way.

"Our task is hard, but not impossible to accomplish. Acting together with our people we can do more," he said.

Mr Mathale who was accompanied by his parents, wife and children further reminded the house that being an MPL, should not mean they become indifferent to the concerns of the people or act in a manner that serves to frustrate the nation.

On the contrary, he said they must find joy and fulfilment in taking these concerns up, and be keen to articulate them passionately, both inside and outside of the legislature.