A delegation from South Africa led by the Prime Minister of Free State Province, Ace Magashule arrived in Rwanda to learn from home grown solutions and seeking ways of strengthening cooperation between Rwandans and Free State residents in various sectors.
Elias Sekgobelo "Ace" Magashule was accompanied bygovernment leaders and private investors who are in Rwanda for a one week visit. On arrival yesterday, they held talks with Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) and taken through various development programs.
The CEO of RGB, Prof Shyaka Anastase said that the delegation has come to discuss governance especially Rwanda’s resilience following the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
“They will learn from unity and reconciliation, homegrown solutions, implementation of policies and resilience process but especially our politics rooted on harmony, complementarity and its contribution to sustainable development,” he said.
He said Rwanda is delighted to receive the guests who will have opportunity to visit various institutions.
During discussions, SA delegation was curious to know contributions of different home grown solutions and how they can be applied in SA. Their attention was drawn on Girinka program, performance contract among other activities making Rwandans confident in national development.
Premier, Ace Magashule said the most essential is cooperation between citizens of both countries especially Africans.
“Africa was isolated for long. It is time for Africans to closely cooperate. Rwanda’s achievements inspired our province to come here to learn from various areas especially self-reliance and developing home grown solutions. I think such mindsets should guide the entire African continent to live independently,” he said.
“We have learnt a lot of things that we will implement and follow up until they turn into tangible results as we return home. These include Girinka program. We tried it but failed over lacking follow up and evaluation which is done here,” he added.
Magashule said they are delighted as they expect to meet President Paul Kagame during their stay and invited Rwandans to visit South Africa to see what they can learn from Free State.
Free State is one of nine provinces of South Africa including Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West and Western Cape.
It has the area of 129 825 square kilometers and is home to 2, 861, 600 citizens. Bloemfontein is its capital city.
Each province has own structural leadership including parliamentarians, ministers among others led by Prime Minister.