Premier David Makhura today met with the leadership of the Tamil Federation of Gauteng to establish a structured working relationship in community development. The Federation is a faith based Tamil organization representing over three hundred thousand people in the Gauteng Province, and has a long history of community activism, dating back to the anti-apartheid struggle.
The Gauteng government and the Tamil Federation of Gauteng committed to collaborate on developing socio economic initiatives such as:
- Education programmes
- Social Development programmes
- Social cohesion and Nation building
- Anti-Crime programmes
- Revitalization of the township economy
Premier Makhura says this partnership with the Tamil Federation will enhance the government’s presence in the communities, “The Gauteng province has adopted an activist government approach, therefore we want to be in touch with the needs of the people on the ground in order to fast track service delivery and address inequality. This relationship is strategic in advancing our socio-economic development agenda” says Premier Makhura.
The meeting has condemned the recent vandalism of Valliamma Moodliar Bust at Rose Park in Lenasia. President of the Tamil Federation of Gauteng; Nadas Pillay adds that this is the Tamil Federation’s first engagement with the provincial government. “We are encouraged by this collaboration with the Gauteng government and we believe that this kind of relationship will further strengthen the partnership with the Tamil Community in Gauteng and Gauteng Provincial Government.