SPEECH BY ACTING MEC FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENT AND TOURISM, MR JOE MASWANGANYI ON THE OCCASION OF THE CO-OPERATIVES GRADUATION CEREMONY ON 5 OCTOBER AT COSMO LEISURE
Programme director, LIBSA Board of Directors, COO of LIBSA, Mr Moloto, Prof Thakhathi from the university of Limpopo, representatives of the department of Trade and Industry, Ms Nweti Maluleke, our graduates, invited guests, all protocol observed.
We are gathered here this morning, to witness the handing over of Certificates for members of different co-operatives enterprises. We are indeed encouraged, as the Provincial Government to see our people recognizing and embracing this form of business as it provides broader ownership of the business by members.
When we launch the Co-operatives Enterprise model in 2004, we were encouraged by the empirical research conducted by the University of Limpopo that indicated that this Model of Business is most likely to succeed, given the diversified economic nature of our Province. As the government, we never looked back because of the understanding and the need to ensure the participation of our business communities in the economic process of our Province and our Country at large. Our commitment to support Co-operatives movement remain unshaken and will continue to work with our core partners, University of Limpopo, to ensure that we develop further Training and capacity Building Course that will enhance the sustainability of these enterprises.
The sterling work done by our implementing Agency, LIBSA, continues to provide hope to many of our people whose lives have changed by this programme (Co-operatives enterprise model). We have seen LIBSA’s co-operatives awareness campaigns since 2004, and we continue to see business information workshops organized and conducted by this institution to educate and promote co-operatives as a form of business to our local communities. With this graduation ceremony being held today, it is an indication that the hard work endure by LIBSA is yielding results. We are humbled to see this, and it is our hope as Government that, this good work will remain at the centre of our focus.
Programme director, as the department we have noted that our people especially in rural areas, lack knowledge in terms of the services we render that is why we from time to time conduct road shows. In partnership with Anglo Platinum and Municipalities we are ensuring that at least in each municipal area there is a LIBSA satellite office. Over and above we have established a one stop centre, the Limpopo Business Zone an initiative of integrating all the services the department render with parastatals.
As the day belong to graduates more than anyone else, we should celebrate with them as they walk down the floor to receive their certificates. This qualification, ladies and gentlemen, is an indication of probable ability to manage your business successfully. The responsibility lies in the hands of every graduate present here, to apply the knowledge and skills learned to ensure that your enterprises remain competitive, sustainable and create more jobs to further reduce joblessness in Limpopo Province. We will continue to lend our support on policy issues so that the environment within which business operates remains conducive.
Co-operation amongst Co-operative is central to the success of businesses. This assertion is based on the notion of business to business transaction within a given locality or geography. The Provincial Government also call on government departments to support Co-operatives in their procurement of products and services but it is empirical for them to ensure that they produce quality products thereby making it easier for the success of our campaign of buy local. With this type of support,
Programme director, allow me to challenge the University of Limpopo, to further develop senior qualifications on this field of studies, so that our graduates and future learners will participate in these programmes through to higher levels.
We will also like to call on LIBSA and other institutions of Government to continue with the good work in our communities. It is indeed honour for us in Government to see the faith that LIBSA had in the vision of your business, committing itself to ensuring the successful accomplishment of your vision. The young people of our country need to be encouraged at all costs to start organizing themselves to form co-operatives businesses. We believe that with the network of offices spread across the whole Province, it will be possible to reach out to the many matriculates and graduates roaming the streets of our Province.
Further than that, I would like to congratulate everyone, especially the organizers of this event for the wonderful co-ordination that we are witnessing here.
To the media houses present here, we would like to extent our appreciation for the hard work in shaping our Province and the country at large. The role you continue to play of ensuring that our people are more informed in terms of government programmes, challenges and future plans remain central. We appreciate that.
In conclusion, I would like to call on all the people of Limpopo Province to work together to fight this scourge of joblessness and poverty. Congratulations to the recipients in advance.
I thank you.
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