Presentation of Report of Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Agrarian Reform

Taking legislature to the People

Elliotdale, Amathole District Municipality
18 October 2018

Mandithathe elithuba kuSomlomo, Sekela Somlomo, InkuluMbuso yephondo, amalungu esigqeba sorhulumento, amalungu endlu yowiso-mthetho ngokubanzi, iinkokheli zomthonyama (iiNkosi neeKumkani zezwe lakowethu), OoSodolophu abakhoyo kunye nooCeba bonke, abasebenzi, abahlali kunye nabemi baloMaspala weAmathole.

Somlomo mandiqale ngokugxininisa ukubaluleka kweli sebe lezolimo nophuhliso lwamaphandle. Endleleni eza apha khange ndibone nenye ifactory okanye umgodi. Ulimo ke lithemba eliphambili kuba ludlala indima enkulu kakhulu ekususeni ikati eziko. Kungoko ke kubalulekile ukuba libhinqele phezulu kuba ngokujonga kwam ibhokile indlala.

Indlala ke Somlomo ifana noohili endakhe ndabaliselwa nguMakhulu wam. Kwakukho indoda eyayihlutshwa ngooHili. Yagqiba kwelokuba mayifuduke iye kwilali engaphesheya eDube. Yathi mhla ithutha impahla yayo babuza abamelwane uyaphi na Gcwawanini? Beva ilizwi liphendula kuqala, lisithi siyafuduka siya eDube. Indlala ke nayo injalo Somlomo. Ungazakha izindlu wenze indlela kodwa indlala izakuphuma nomntu etyotyombeni iye naye endlini leyo uyakhileyo.

Kuhambo lwalekomiti ndiphawule ukulala emqokozweni kwelisebe. Ukuziswa kweeProjects eluntwini kwenzelwa ukutshintsha iimeko neempilo zabantu. Xa kunjalo ke kufanele ukuba sizibuze ukuba emva kokuba izisiwe iproject zitshintshile na iimpilo zabantu. Kuyabonakala ukuba imali efakiweyo ngurhulumente ayilandeleleki ncakasana. Ngamanye amaxesha ifakwa kungakhange kujongwe ukuba idawo leyo ikulungele na ukwenza loonto icetywayo. Lonto ke ithi imali ifika ingenzi nxaxheba ibheke phi.

Somlomo ulimo lwasezilalini ludinga ukuxhaswa. Abantu ababonakalisa inkuthalo kulimo badinga ukukhuthazwa de kukhuthazwe nolutsha ukuba luzibandakanye kwezolimo. Ndiyamemelela ke kulutsha olukhoyo apha ukuba luzibandakanye kwezolimo ngoba ulimo bubutyebi, qha abufuni mavila. Impendulo kumbuzo ebendikhe ndawubuza kuMphathiswa malunga nenye indlela yokuxhasa amafama asemakhaya iveze ukuba ulwakhiwo lweediphu ezilalini luhamba ngonyawo lonwabu. Lempendulo iveze ukuba kwiminyaka mali emithatu akukho nenye idiphu eyakhiweyo kumaspala wesithili saseAmathole.

Uninzi lwezinkomo neegusa bendizibona kulendlela izayo alukho kwimo encomekayo, xa ndizibona ndiye ndanombuzo wokuba aphi amagosa ezolimo. Abantu bekufanele ukuba bayacetyiswa bekwancediswa ngamayeza kunye nediphu. Oku ke kuyakubanceda ukuba bakhule sibabone sele bengamafama akwizinga elingentla noko. Kwalaphe endleleni eza apha amadama okuseza imfuyo awagrunjwanga agcwele udaka oko kuthetha ukuthi agcina amanzi amancinci.

Mandincome Somlomo kwiinkosi esithe xa sifika safika abantu bencoma intsebenziswano abantu bexhamla kuphuhliso eziluzisileyo. Ndikwahlaba ikhwelo kwisebe lokuba bakhusele abantu kwizibhoja, oochoph’enxebeni baxhaphe baxel’ixhwili abafika ebantwini bafune ukubakhuthuza bebathembisa ngophuhliso.

Ukulwa indlala Somlomo kudinga uRhulumento olungenamikhinkqi, olungenakuthembiselana. Ulimo lukwizanda zelisebe ncakasana, ooMasipala balwenza nje ngenxalenye yecandelo lophuhliso lwezoqoqosho. Ngoko ke andilindelanga amagosa azimela ngomasipala xa ehlulakele kukwenza umsebenzi.

Badinga urhulumente obeka abantu kuqala hayi izisu neepokotho zabathile. Hayi urhulumento woohlohlesake. Lowo ke ngurhulumente weDA.

Enkosi Somlomo.

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Let me take this opportunity to greet the Hon Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Premier, Members of the Executive, Members of the Legislature, Traditional Leaders (Kings and Chiefs of our country), Mayors present and Councillors, officials, community members and citizens of Amathole Municipality.

Speaker, let me start by stressing the importance of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. On the way to this venue, I did not see a single factory or mine. Agriculture is the main hope for this province because it plays a big role in fighting hunger. That is why it is important that the Department rolls up its sleeves because from my observation, poverty is a major issue.

Hon Speaker this issue can be likened to a story I was told by my grandmother about tokoloshe. A certain man was troubled by tokoloshe. The man decided to relocate to a village in Debe. On the day of loading and transporting his belongings neighbours were asking, where are you going to Gcwanini (his clan name). They heard a voice saying, we are relocating to Debe. Hunger is like that Hon Speaker. You can build houses, construct roads but hunger will accompany a person from the squatter camp to the houses you have built.

During the pre-visits with the Committee, I noticed how this Department is failing in its functions. If implementing projects in communities is aimed at changing the situation and people’s lives. If that is the case, we need to ask ourselves, after the project has been implemented, whether the lives of people have changed as a result.

It is clear that funds channelled by government are not monitored. Sometimes funds are allocated without assessing whether the place is suitable for the envisaged activity. That means funds do not fulfil their intended purpose.

Hon Speaker, agriculture in rural areas needs support. People interested in agriculture need to be encouraged, even the youth must be encouraged to get involved. I call upon the youth present here to be involved in agriculture because it is where your treasure lies.

A reply to the Parliamentary Question I asked the MEC regarding another means of supporting emerging farmers revealed that construction of dipping tanks in rural areas is moving at a snail’s pace. The reply revealed that for the last three financial years not even a single dipping tank was built by the Amathole District Municipality.

Most cattle and sheep that I have seen along the road are not in a good condition. When I looked at them, a question that came to my mind was, where are the extension officers? People are supposed to be advised and provided with medicines and dipping tanks. That will assist them so that they can develop into commercial farmers.

I would like to make a call to the Department to protect the community from those who deceive them by promising to bring development.

The fight against poverty requires a concerted effort from government to ensure that the necessary changes are implemented. Agriculture falls within the competence of the Department, Municipalities take part for economic development. Officials are not expected to hide behind municipalities or blame them when they fail to carry out their tasks.

They need a government that puts people first not a selfish group that looks after the pockets of a selected few, not a government that is hell bent on selfish deeds. That ideal government is a DA-run government.

Thank you Hon Speaker.