Statement in the National Assembly by Hon Dumisile Nhlengethwa on the Farewell and welcoming statement by the Portfolio Committee on Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

The Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs would like to bid farewell to Hon Lechesa Tsenoli as he will be taking on his new deployment as Deputy Minister of Rural Development.

The committee wishes to thank the Deputy Minister for the good leadership and guidance he provided whilst presiding over the committee with humility and dignity. You have made a huge contribution in doing oversight on the department and its entities, to provinces and municipalities.

The committee will miss you as a chairperson who was health conscience. The coaching you provided on fitness exercises, the courses you organized for us to understand our inner abilities and strengths as human beings and the effort you put to the committee will always be greatly appreciated.

You always encouraged each and every member of the committee, across party lines, to read and be prepared before the meeting so as to enable ourselves to make meaningful contributions.

We will miss the intelligence, intellectual and psychological skills that you possess. You had an ability to reach each and every member`s character. You were able to understand when one is happy, hungry, tired and you always provided a shoulder to cry on when one was in grief.
Deputy Minister, we wish you to continue with your honesty, selflessness, love and care. Always laughing when supposed to be angry, hell we are missing you already!

We wish you all the best in your new deployment.

The committee support the changes announced by the President. Thank you Minister Nathi Mthethwa and welcome Minister Richard Baloyi in this COGTA family.

Minister the Local Government is the coal face of service delivery; you will hit the ground running. As an energetic Minister we are looking forward to your leadership in advancing and changing the lives of our people