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Forging A Lasting Social Impact

As Premier for all the people of KZN, I invite you all to partner with our government in forging a lasting social compact to drastically reduce the scourges of poverty, unemployment, and inequality.

It is in our hands to build and sustain a resilient partnership. When we cast our mirror to reflect on our recent past, we can all appreciate the progress our country has achieved since 1994. While we are still faced by a myriad of stubborn and persistent socio-economic challenges, we cannot underplay the achievements of the past 25 years of democracy.

The progress we have made cannot be solely claimed as the victory of political parties. In our province, we remain highly indebted to all sectors of society for the role they have played to improve the lives of many of our people.

We are blessed to work closely with religious leaders from all faith groups. Our religious leaders have never relegated the task of building moral values and social cohesion. Day by day, they have responded positively to our challenges and remain an integral part of the struggle for social and political stability for our people to live in peace and harmony We convey a sincere word of gratitude to our Business sector. Even in the midst of global economic crisis, international trade wars, domestic economic downfall, and disruptions by some who call themselves business forums; they have not thrown the towel and surrendered to despair. Instead, they have remained steadfast in working with our government to turn the corner to grow the provincial economy and create jobs.

We also wish to thank the professional classes for choosing to work and live in KZN. We will continue to engage you and source your skills to create a truly vibrant and successful economy and successful society.

KZN is also blessed with internationally renowned scholars and boasts reputable universities. We will continue to strengthen our partnership with academia because we want to excel in all fields of human endeavour.

We are highly indebted to all leaders of our social formations who have always been in the forefront of supporting the transformation programme and the creation of a better life for all.

Extract from the Inauguration Speech delivered by the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Sihle Zikalala - 27 May 2019.

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