Planning for power ­key challenges facing the ANC´s Western Cape Conference

Planning for power ­key challenges facing the ANC´s Western Cape Conference

23 October 2001

A huge responsibility will rest on the 193 ANC branches and over 600 delegates this weekend when they gather for the ANC Western Cape´s 4th Provincial Conference at the Peninsula Technikon in Bellville.

The ANC´s Secretary-General Kgalema Motlanthe will be the keynote speaker.

The branches have been re-aligned according to the new ward demarcations of the new municipal structures created after the 2000 local elections.

The ANC in the Western Cape is the first province to hold provincial conference after the re-alignment of our structures.

This is an indication of progress made by the Western Cape in building the organisation since the National General Council.

Branch delegates, as well as delegates from the Provincial Executive Committee and ANC Women´s and Youth Leagues will deliberate on the Chairperson´s Address, Secretarial and Finance Reports, as well as an input from the Secretary-General.

Delegates will break into commissions to deliberate on the reports, national discussion documents and the ANC Western Cape draft political strategy document "Planning for Power".

Said ANC Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha "I belief that this conference will grapple very seriously with the key political challenge facing us. And that is how we as the ANC build our organisation to ensure that we increase our support from the 42% we currently have, to the 50% plus one we need to govern the Western Cape.

"Very often conferences can simply become leadership contests. I am confident that this conference will be different.

"In addition to the electoral challenge faced by the ANC delegates will have to make sense of the DA crisis and how the ANC intervenes.

"We will have to consider the challenges facing the tripartite alliance and adopt a program to deepen transformation in our province which continues to be plagued by racism and inequality.

"Our Planning for Power document has been translated into three languages, and have been the subject of discussion by branches across the province in the past month. The challenge for conference is to amend and adopt this program."

For further comment Mcebisi Skwatsha 082-829-7452, or Cameron Dugmore 082-894-7553.

For any media enquiries contact Gert Witbooi 082-570-9118.

Issued by:
African National Congress Western Cape