Forethought: A Call to Register to Vote and Shape the Future of South Africa

Nov 15, 2023 | Press Releases

Fellow South Africans,

Today, I write to you with a profound sense of duty to impress upon each and every one of you the critical importance of registering to vote.

As we approach the weekend of November 18th and 19th, we are presented with a unique opportunity to participate actively in our democratic process, to have our voices heard, and to shape the destiny of our nation, South Africa.

It is with a sense of concern that I share the staggering fact that over 13 million South Africans, individuals who hold the power to influence the future of our country, have not taken the simple yet transformative step of registering to vote.

This statistic is not merely a number; it represents a significant portion of our population whose voices remain unheard, whose perspectives are not considered in the decisions that impact our collective future.

In the fabric of our democracy, the right to vote is a sacred thread that weaves through generations, connecting us all in a shared commitment to the principles of equality and representation.

To neglect this right is to weaken the very foundation upon which our democratic society stands.

This election cycle holds particular weight for the younger generation—the torchbearers of tomorrow.

It is a chance for them to raise their voices, to become active architects of the future they wish to inherit.

Our youth, full of passion and dreams, must recognise the power they hold to shape policies, influence change, and steer our country toward progress.

The act of registering to vote is not a mere formality; it is the gateway to active citizenship. It is a declaration that you are invested in the democratic process, that you are ready to shoulder the responsibility of contributing to the decisions that will impact the lives of millions. Your vote is your voice, and it is a powerful instrument of change.

However, the journey does not end with registering. It is crucial to stress that registering is the prerequisite for the privilege of casting your vote on election day.

The actualisation of our democratic ideals depends on the turnout of informed and engaged citizens. We must understand that every voice matters, and collectively, we can chart a course towards a better, more inclusive future.

In conclusion, let this be more than a call to action; let it be a rallying cry for the soul of our democracy.

As we approach this weekend, let us recognise that the power to effect change lies within each of us. By registering to vote, we are not just fulfilling our civic duty; we are forging a path towards a stronger, more resilient democracy.

Let us stand united in our commitment to South Africa’s future, a future that reflects the aspirations and dreams of every citizen.

To ensure your voice is heard in shaping the future of South Africa, take a moment to register online at In less than five minutes, you can confirm that all your details are accurate, contributing to a seamless and efficient electoral process.

Alternatively, if you prefer the in-person approach, make your way to the nearest Voting Station on the 18th and 19th of November 2023.

These stations open their doors promptly at 8am and remain accessible until 5pm, providing ample time for citizens to exercise their right to register and actively participate in the democratic process.

Whether you choose the convenience of online registration or the communal experience of a Voting Station, the power to shape the future of our nation lies in your hands.

Register now and be a vital part of South Africa’s democratic journey.


Velenkosini Hlabisa, MP

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