Budget Vote speech by Minister of Energy

Department of Energy 2013/14 Budget Vote speech by Minister of Energy, Ms Dipuo Peters, MP at the Old Assembly Chambers, Parliament, Cape Town
14 May 2013

Honourable Chairperson
Deputy Minister of Energy, Ms Barbara Thompson
Honourable Chairperson and Members of the Energy Portfolio Committee
Honourable Members
Diplomats
Director-General and the Senior Management of the Department of Energy
Chairpersons and CEO’s of Public Entities
Guests and Stakeholders
Ladies and gentlemen.

Our first democratically elected President, Dr Nelson Mandela once said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

It is an instructive remark, enjoining us all to work hard to not only to cast of the chains – but to respect and enhance the freedom of others.

It is therefore fitting that, four years since President Jacob Zuma, through a stand-alone department assigned us the task of translating the African National Congress (ANC)’s policies on energy into implementable government programmes, we must reflect on the progress made and the road traversed thus far..

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