By Thys Khiba
Cape Town – As the world commemorate Africa Day, Parliament joins South Africans and the world in commemorating Africa Day by paying homage to the founding forebears of the African Union (AU).
The South African Parliament presiding officers have honoured all the founding forebears of the African Union (AU) who ‘spared no effort, and sacrificed lives and livelihoods to attain the liberation and freedom we now enjoy across Mother Africa.’
As this day is celebrated, Parliament has indicated they are acutely conscious of the ideals that their forebears struggled for. The mentioned ideals include battle against poverty, inequality, wars and conflicts, and limited share of resources.
Meanwhile, Parliament presiding officers have indicated that with at least 24 million doses administrated in the continent, they hoped that the AU member states’ heightening of their collaboration efforts will be able to place this vaccination programme on a higher trajectory.
“The Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage societies with almost 5 million positive cases recorded and about 127 thousand deaths, while there is only less than 2% of the vaccinated world population in Africa. We have noted with appreciation efforts to mainstream Africa in the world fight against Covid-19, with efforts to break barriers to access to life-saving interventions and vaccines. We expect the vaccination programme to gain the requisite momentum towards the necessary herd immunity that will break the back of the pandemic.”
The NA Speaker Thandi Modise and NCOP Chairperson Masondo have also urged Africans to continue to practice all the health and safety protocols in order to protect themselves and their loved ones against Covid-19.
“Let us protect Africa and its children against all enemies of development. Let’s spare no effort to accelerate the rise of Africa as a giant so that she can play her role as an equal among the continents of the world.”
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