Calls for a National Song to Honour Minister Chabane (

Pretoria – Deputy President Cyril Rampahosa has called for a national song to be composed in honour of the late Minister of Public Service and Administration, Collins Chabane.
“We must compose a national song to celebrate Collins Chabane’s passion for humanity and zest for life.
“To calm our deep-felt agony, we must find among our youth, artists who will take Minister Chabane’s harmonica and mbira to remind us of both the beauty and fragility of life.”
Speaking at the Official Memorial Service of the late Minister Chabane in Pretoria on Thursday, he described the minister as sensitive, caring and principled.
The Minister passed away on Sunday, 15 March with two of his protectors – Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane – in a crash on the N1 in Limpopo.
Deputy President Ramaphosa said Minister Chabane played the struggle, politics and government work the way he did his music; with great talent, commitment and certainty; but also with unassailable optimism, with emotion, and with a beguiling mixture of shyness and humour.
When Minister Chabane was the MEC responsible for roads in Limpopo he was one of the first people who assisted when the province was hit by floods along with neighbouring Mozambique in 2000.
“He spent whole nights in the pouring rain together with his department’s road maintenance units, battling to find a way across raging rivers, so that isolated communities could be reached,” he said.
A few months ago when a hospital in Limpopo had problems with its water supply during the weekend, Minister Chabane travelled to the hospital which was about 500 kilometres away to arrange water for the hospital.
“His compassion made him genuinely concerned about improving the lives of all South Africans, and this in turn led to him to being passionate about improving the performance of government,” Deputy President Ramaphosa said.
He described the late minister as a man who was possessed with genuine confidence that only came with genuine humility.
Minister Chabane was humble, unassuming and committed to the struggle of South Africans people for a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa.
“We know him to have been a quiet strategist in an occupation often given to populism and deafening rhetoric.
“His comrades trusted him, had confidence in his abilities, and admired his work ethic. He was devoted to the ideals of our movement and the task of achieving a better life for all,” he said.
Deputy President Ramaphosa commended Minister Chabane for being a good listener and for always being open to hearing others’ points of view.
Minister Chabane had natural curiosity and his love to debate was combined with his desire to continuously gain a better understanding of everything, Deputy President Ramaphosa said.
“He did not think that he knew it all, he was very much aware that he might be wrong about some things and he was willing to change his views on the basis of being presented with new evidence,” he said.
Minister Chabane passed away at a time when he was hard at work to develop a new cadre of public servants that grasp their role as change agents.
Deputy President Ramaphosa said Minister Chabane left a proud and enduring legacy as he pioneered the outcomes monitoring and national evaluation system in government.
Source: Politics