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SPEECHES BY RETIEF ODENDAAL


Speech notes: Money Bills Amendment Procedures and Related Matters

November 19th, 2020

The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement delivered by Mr Tito Mboweni on Wednesday, 28th of October 2020, made it very clear that the country is on the brink of a fiscal cliff. Mboweni painted a grim picture of an economy that has been decimated by the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, expected to contract by as much as 7.8% year-on-year. Gross debt is also set to rise from R4 trillion to …


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Speech notes: Climate change and Covid-19

November 19th, 2020

Speaker, in 2011 the Eastern Cape Provincial Government revealed its Climate Change Response Strategy at COP17. This 350-page document dealt with both the key climate change risks as well as the priority response options to climate change. This strategy stated that: “Climate change projections indicate that the Eastern Cape is expected to experience higher temperature increases towards the north-west interior of the Province. Increasing temperatures are likely to result in …


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Speech notes: Recruitment by the Eastern Cape department of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic [Seconder]

September 4th, 2020

The following speech was delivered by Retief Odendaal, MPL in response to a motion tabled by DA EC MPL and Shadow MEC for Health, Jane Cowley . Speaker, I want to start off by congratulating the former HOD for Health Dr Mbengashe with his new appointment as strategic adviser to the Premier. That said, I also want to thank the Premier on behalf of many elated officials in the Department …


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Speech Notes: Consideration Of The Adjustments Appropriation Bill, 2020

September 3rd, 2020

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Leaders of Political Parties, Members of the House In January 2020, ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hon Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, warned that if the country could not effect deep structural economic reforms, then it would be game over for South Africa. Fast-track to June this year, ahead of the Special COVID-19 Adjustments budget Mr Mboweni said: “We can no longer spend the …


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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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