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Closing remarks by Mr Vusi Madonsela, Esq, in his capacity as Director-General of the Department Of Justice And Constitutional Development, on the occasion of the One Day Social Dialogue on “Towards a Decent Standard of Living”, Johannesburg, 10 November 2016

DG MadonselaChairperson, Mr Kwezi Mabasa of Friedrich, Ebert Stiftung;
Madam Isobel Frye, Director of Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute;
Fellow Speakers and Participants;
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;

Good afternoon greetings to you all!
I need scarcely tell you how delighted I am to be here today, and take it as a privilege of great distinction to have been asked to come in the midst of you, on sush an occasion as auspitious as this.  May I be so bold as to say that despite being daunted by the presence of an illustrious audience such as I now behold, I hail this One Day Social Dialogue as a special circumstance of happy augury that so many resident experts and activists have assembled here, all day long, to deliberate on a subject than which I have non more at heart, under the theme; “Towards A Decent Standard of Living”.

DG MadonselaPerhaps I should commence by endeavouring to convey to you the assusrance that not even the warmth of your reception of me here this afternoon, can surpass, in simple earnestness, the cordiality of feelings with which I come amongst you today. I have come hither, in my capacity as Director General of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, and appear before this assembly of friends and kindred, at the bidding of a fine crop of countrymen and women who comprise the organisers of this dialogue, being Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), with some of whom I can legitimately claim an aquaintance that spans a period no less than a decade. 

Although I regret that I have only come to give remarks at the end of your deliberations today, rather than to partake of the substantive discussions during the social dialogue session itself, I nevertheless feel myself infinitely gratified to be associated with this grand occasion in such a special way.  To be sure, I am tempted to declare that there is something in the echoes of these walls; in the prevailing spirit that hovers over this place, fanning an ardent, fraternal and patriotic feeling by every motion of its wings.

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