Madame Speaker, Honourable Lentheng Ntombi Mekgwe;
Deputy Speaker, Honourable Nomvuyo Mhlakaza-Manamela;
Chief Whip of the Governing Party, Honourable Mzikayifane Khumalo
Members of the Executive Council;
Presiding Officers of the House;
Leaders of Political Parties represented in the Legislature;
Honourable Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature;
Executive Mayors and Speakers of Local Government;
Director-General, Heads of Department and Government Agencies;
Compatriots and fellow residents of Gauteng:
On behalf of Team Gauteng, I am immensely grateful to be given this opportunity to deliver the 2021 State of the Province Address before this august House.
Once again, I would like to say it is an honour to serve the people of our beautiful province as we sail through the many storms that life will throw away.
This year’s address takes place at extra-ordinary times. These are profoundly difficult times circumstances when humanity has been going through and is emerging from the storm of a deadly pandemic with risks of existential proportions.
In his book titled “Kafka on the Shore”, Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami opines:
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