18 November 2018


Premier Mokgoro’s maiden speech raises hopes 

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date: 22 july 2018

The new Premier of Bokone Bophirima has vowed to restore confidence, hope and unity in the lives of the people of the province.
Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro was sworn in at the Provincial Legislature by Judge President, Monica Leeuw of the North West High Court today [Friday 22 June 2018]. 
“It is important to reduce the trust deficit between government and our communities. I am here to ensure that a sound administration is handed over after the 2019 national elections and commit to working tirelessly in realization of the 2030 National Development Plan (NDP) goals. It is important that there is robust oversight and citizen participation in order to harness the capacity of our communities,” he said. 
Professor Mokgoro said the Fifth Administration remains committed to the fight against corruption. 
“Occupying a position of leadership is not an opportunity for self-enrichment or [the enrichment of] close friends. Through the intervention of the inter-ministerial task team and my leadership, government departments and its leaders will be closely monitored.”
There has been a lot of noise about Professor Mokgoro’s age since the African National Congress (ANC) announced that it has selected him to be the new Premier and this is what he had to say about it. 
“I hope that people in South Africa do not have a wish to die early. I am very fit, consult my doctor regularly and go about my household chores without any difficulty. If you go to some overseas countries you will see that some of their leaders are over 80.”
Professor Mokgoro has published extensively on the public sector and trained many government leaders across the country. He was instrumental in the establishment of Bokone Bophirima’s policies and is also a former Director General (DG) of the province.
He is known as an excellent administrator and a disciplinarian who wants things run accordingly. Mokgoro told Semphete that he answered the call to become Premier because the public service is “my life”. 
Mokgoro said he would like to see a vibrant public service and urged Bokone Bophirima residents to refrain from destroying public property when they are protesting because of unhappiness with something. 
He said he is looking forward to his term in office and serving the people of the province.