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SPEECHES BY RETIEF ODENDAAL


Speech Notes: Consideration of the Appropriation Bill 2020

July 3rd, 2020

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Leaders of Political Parties, Members of the House We are considering the proposed budget that is before us amidst the most challenging of times the world has known in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the world economy and South Africa and the Eastern Cape has not been left unscathed. Whilst South Africa had some very serious fiscal constraints before our national lockdown started on …


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Speech Notes: Finance Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

July 3rd, 2020

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Leaders of Political Parties, Members of the House According to STATS SA, South Africa recorded a decline of 2% in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2020. This data reflects only the first three months of 2020, before the nationwide lockdown was fully implemented. These worrying statistics come on the back of the announcement by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, that the country will …


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Speech Notes: Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

July 2nd, 2020

Speaker, as the province is still fighting the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, I think everyone in this house will agree with me that the farmers of the Eastern Cape, both commercial and emerging, have done sterling work in ensuring food security amidst this very trying time. I want to personally thank each and every one of them for their commitment to the wellbeing of the people of the Eastern …


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Member’s Statement: Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality has been hijacked

July 1st, 2020

Deputy Speaker, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality has been hijacked by dubious individuals whilst the Provincial Government has been sleeping. A letter from National Treasury addressed to Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday revealed that the metro administration has essentially forfeited R800 million in grant funding for the previous financial year and will also not be receiving a cent in grant funding for the new financial year until the city gets its …


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Speech notes: Reaction to SOPA 2020 by Retief Odendaal, MPL

March 3rd, 2020

Speaker, in his first newsletter of the year President Cyril Rampahosa spoke about the pressing need to build a capable state. He said and I quote: “A capable state starts with the people who work in it. Officials and managers must possess the right financial and technical skills, and other expertise.” While the Hon Premier was addressing us last Tuesday in his state of the province address, he referred to …


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SPEECH NOTES: CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND AGRARIAN REFORM ON OVERSIGHT VISITS TO PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE DEPARTMENT AROUND CHRIS HANI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

October 24th, 2019

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Leaders of Political Parties, Members of the House Officials and all the guests present Speaker, we are meeting here today in order to consider the report at hand whilst the Chris Hani District Municipality and in fact the greater Eastern Cape is amidst one of the most disastrous and debilitating droughts in history. Let us not mince our words, this crippling drought is currently the single …


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Speech notes: Retief Odendaal 6th Legislation 2019 SOPA debate

July 2nd, 2019

Speaker, in the Premiers’ State of the Province Address on Friday, the premier had some bold ideas relating to both infrastructure and economic development. What he unfortunately neglected to state was just how the dysfunctional state of local government in the Eastern Cape will frustrate his plans. You see Speaker, many municipalities in the Eastern Cape today are on the brink of collapse. The Auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu, had the following …


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