Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and former Johannesburg Regional Chairperson Khume Ramulifho would like to announce that he will be running for the leadership of the party in Gauteng at the DA’s Gauteng Provincial Congress on 12 August 2023.
The upcoming congress provides the party in the province with a unique opportunity to define solutions that will address the challenges that have plagued Gauteng. It is evident that the Gauteng government has experienced a significant collapse, leading to a decline in service delivery and a lack of accountability.
The DA is committed to reviving Gauteng and restoring it to its full potential. The collapse of the Gauteng government has had severe consequences for the people of our province. The challenges facing Gauteng can be summarised as follows: mismanagement, corruption, skills mismatch, and leadership deficiency which have affected the ability of the province to provide strategic leadership and impact service delivery positively. The above characterises the current Gauteng Provincial Administration.
By running for the provincial leadership, Ramulifho is committing to revive Gauteng, empower DA party structures, and prepare for the national and provincial elections in 2024. Together, we can rebuild our province, restore faith in government, and create a shared future for all Gauteng residents.
Ramulifho’s personal motto is rooted in the belief that greatness is determined by one’s actions and accomplishments rather than their inherent qualities or status. It emphasises the importance of taking proactive steps, making meaningful contributions and consistently striving for excellence.
“In this perspective, I firmly believe that true greatness is not defined by titles, or superficial attributes, but rather by the positive impact one has on others and to their community through their actions, choices, and achievements. It serves as a reminder to focus on personal growth, continuous improvement, and making a difference through my efforts, regardless of any preconceived notions or societal labels,” says Ramulifho.
“My achievements and recognition in the field of politics reflect the significant impact and contribution I have made. I am proud to have been honoured by being named among Mail and Guardian’s prestigious list of the top 300 and top 200 most influential and successful young individuals in South Africa, specifically within the category of politics, in both 2009 and 2010.”
Throughout his career, Ramulifho has been committed to personal and professional growth, which
is evident through his participation in international leadership development programs. He has had the privilege of receiving sponsorship from the French Embassy, which allowed him to engage in leadership development activities. Additionally, he had the opportunity to take part in a leadership exchange program, which further enhanced his skills and knowledge.
He has also played a pivotal role in advocating for increased participation and representation of
non-public representatives in DA Congresses. Recognising the importance of inclusivity and diverse perspectives within the party, Ramulifho has been dedicated to championing these principles.
“Through my efforts, I successfully advocated for a significant amendment to the initial
threshold of 2% non-public representatives, raising it to an impressive 45% representation at all Federal Congresses of the DA. This change reflects a profound commitment to ensuring that individuals from various backgrounds and sectors have a platform to contribute and be heard within the party,” he says.
Ramulifho points out that one of his notable endeavours has been championing the provision of quality basic education. This includes amongst others creating conducive teaching and learning environment. Eradicating schools infrastructure built on improper materials like mobile schools and asbestos in Gauteng. He recognised the urgent need to address this issue and has been dedicated to driving positive change in educational infrastructure.
“While the task of eradicating schools built on improper materials and asbestos schools remains ongoing, significant progress has been made, particularly in schools like Norgesig Primary, Nancefield Primary School, Nkone Maruping, Julius Sebolai, Moses Kotane, Simunye Secondary school etc. Through my persistence and advocacy, we have successfully made meaningful contributions improving provision of quality basic education. This achievement is a testament to our commitment to ensuring a conducive learning environment for all learners in Gauteng,” he says.
“I am running for the leadership of the DA in Gauteng because I believe in our vision of a united, prosperous and inclusive South Africa. I believe that we have the potential to be the strongest party and the best alternative to the ANC in the province. But to achieve that, we need rejuvenated determination to revive our structures, reconnect with our members and supporters, and renew our commitment to our values and principles.”