KWAZULU-NATAL SPEAKER AND MPLs EMBARK ON MANDELA DAY ACTIVITIES
Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature under the leadership of provincial Speaker Honourable Lydia Johnson MPL were deployed in various parts of the province as part of the Mandela Day Clean-Up Campaign.
Nelson Mandela Day is an annual international day in honour of our late former President Nelson Mandela. It is celebrated on the 18th of July (Mandela’s birthday). The day is inspired by the 67 years Mandela spent serving humanity but volunteers are requested to start with 67 minutes of their time to serve others. The legislature’s campaign wasin direct response to the call made by President Jacob Zuma last month when he delivered the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town.
The Legislature's campaign included both rural and urban areas that had become an eyesore because of dirt ingrained in the surfaces of these smaller rural towns and cities. The campaign started at Bilanyoni in the Zululand District Municipality and moved to Pomeroy in Umsinga under Umzinyathi District Municipality and end up in Pietermaritzburg’s Umsunduzi Municipality where MPLs joined the provincial government campaign for the Mandela Day.
Johnson said this campaign did not only involve physical cleaning of the targeted areas but also served as an educational campaign for people to love and respect the environment where they live. “It is important for us to keep areas where we live both urban and rural, clean and also to pass this culture to the coming generations because clean and green cities will have an enormous contribution to our lives. It is partly because of these reasons that we had heeded the President’s call for cleaning our places this on Mandela Day,” said Johnson.
The campaign started at Dumbe Municipality on the 16th of July. MPLs met for a briefing at Paul-Pietersburg Police Station at 10am before moving to Ward 4 where the actual cleaning took place. They then moved to Pomeroy in Msinga where they met for a briefing on the 17th of July 2014 before moving to ward 17 in Pomeroy where the actual cleaning took place. MPLs returned to Pietermaritzburg for the provincial government event which took place in Pietermaritzburg on the 18th of July.
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The Official Opening of the 1st Session of the 5th Legislature of KwaZulu-Natal at the Legislature complex in Pietermaritzburg
Members of the Fifth Democratic Provincial Legislature, KwaZulu-Natal, 27 May 2014
Eighty Members of KwaZulu-Natal Legislature were officially sworn-in at a sitting in the provincial legislature which marked the beginning of the fifth term of the legislature.
Newly elected members of the Fifth Democratic Provincial Legislature, KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Chiman Patel and the Secretary of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Nerusha Naidoo, 21 May 2014
The Members were sworn-in by KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Chiman Patel. Of the eighty Members, fifty two were from the ruling ANC and 10 from the Democratic Alliance (DA) which makes the party the new official opposition. In the fourth parliament, the IFP was the official opposition. Immediately after the swearing-in Honourable Members formally elected Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Premier of the province. Ms Lydia Johnson retained her portfolio as the Speaker of the Provincial Legislature while former Agriculture MEC Meshack Hadebe was elected as the Deputy Speaker – replacing Mtholephi Mthimkhulu.
ANC candidate for Premier Mr Senzo Mchunu was also officially elected as the Premier of the province. Johnson, who is the member of the ANC Provincial Executive Committee, is one of the longest serving Members of the Provincial Legislature having served in many portfolio committees, served as Chairperson of Committees and also as MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs. Radebe has also served as the MEC for Social Development and in the previous administration he served as MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs. Before that he served in various portfolios within the legislature.
Mchunu was elected chairperson of the ANC at a Provincial General Council in 2012 replacing former chairperson and current ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize. Mchunu has been the Premier of the province since August last year. Before that he was the province’s MEC for Education and is also one of the longest serving Members of the Provincial Legislature. Mchunu’s inauguration is expected to take place next Monday on the 26th of May 2014.
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OPENING OF THE KZN LEGISLATURE
KwaZulu-Natal Legislature was opened on Tuesday, 04 March 2014.
King Goodwill Zwelithini, Premier ES Mchunu, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker
King Goodwill Zwelithini, Kzn Premier and KZN Cabinet, Speaker of KZN Legislature and Members of the Provinvial Legislature at the 2014 Opening of KwaZulu-Natal Legislature
KZN LEGISLATURE SPEAKER HANDS OVER 128 SCHOOL UNIFORMS TO A RURAL SCHOOL IN NDWEDWE
KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Speaker Lydia Johnson yesterday handed over 128 school uniforms to learners of Ezimpondweni Primary School in Ndwedwe, north of Durban.
The school is situated in a remote rural village in Ndwedwe where poverty levels are very high. Of the 148 learners, 128 received school uniforms through Speaker’s Social Responsibility Programme.
Speaker of KZN Legislature, Hon. Lydia Johnson with pupils of Ezimpondweni Primary School in Ndwedwe and their parents after handing over 128 school uniforms to the learners of this school on Tuesday 18 January 2014. Speaker’s Social Responsibility is an initiative of KZN Legislature Speakership with which she helps communities that are in dire need of certain services.
It has made a number of interventions throughout the province including the distribution of hundreds of mobile science kits, mobile libraries to schools, and seeds and agricultural implements to scores of women controlled co-operatives in rural areas. Read more .