First Lady Kule Mahumapelo and Executive Mayor sign pact
Like other democracies throughout the world, the Constitution and policy regime of the Republic of South Africa makes provision for role playing by female(s) who are linked by matrimony to the state president to play a particular role that support the objectives of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
In South Africa, issues such as vegetable co-operatives for poor women in rural areas and advocacy for people living with diabetes are some of the issues which are promoted by the spousal office. The ministerial handbook which regulates the privileges accorded to members of the executive is silent on spousal support for first ladies in provinces – especially as it relates to support work similar to the one done by their counterparts nationally.
Notwithstanding the lacuna in terms of policy as it relates to first ladies in provinces, in Bokone Bophirima, the first lady Kule Mahumapelo who is married to the premier Supra Mahumapelo met the executive mayor of Mahikeng councillor Gosiame Seatlholo as part of planning for a number of projects which will culminate in a programme that will see both the first lady and the executive mayor using different projects to respond to socio-economic challenges facing vulnerable groups such as children, women and people with disabilities.
It is anticipated that the envisaged programmes will identify school going children who are from poor backgrounds and their needs will be mitigated. Young women will also be trained on business related projects and a number of workshops will be conducted to assist them to start their small business. Life skills and education on reproductive health matters will also be pursued especially for young girls. The elderly will also receive attention though the function resides with the department of social development. Both the first lady of the province and the executive mayor are expected to use their influence to attract sponsors and partners especially from local business community for a joint venture.
Local business people are encouraged to respond positively in supporting the programme that will soon be announced by the executive mayor and the first lady. Mahikeng local municipality will be used as a pilot project and once the programme is successful, then, phase two will be a provincial roll out.
Source: Mafikeng Mail