Don’t always believe the Gauteng polls

2014-03-17 10:00

In every election, there are always predictions based on various opinion polls that dramatically differ from one another.

The actual election results, particularly the ANC’s performance, have always proved different, as you reported last week (“ANC’s 45% poll panic”, City Press, March 9).

The ANC is an activist-driven and community-based organisation. To feel the pulse and measure the mood of the people, we rely primarily on structures for the ANC’s interaction with voters on the ground. For instance, the Moses Kotane Brigade of volunteers in Gauteng continues to use these methods.

The leadership structures also consider the contribution of expert statistical research as ongoing assistance to work done on the ground.

But this is always tested by sentiments expressed at the branch level and indeed in our communities. Everywhere we go, the feedback by voters indicates deep appreciation for the many improvements in their lives. But we also get valuable feedback on where more work must still be done.

The ANC’s election manifesto responds to the identified key problem areas of unemployment, housing, education, public health, radical economic transformation, and fighting crime and corruption.

The party is a movement committed to improving the quality of life of all our people. To this effect, the ANC list in Gauteng is populated with individuals who care deeply about improving Gauteng.

More than 80% of our candidates for the legislature are serving as members of the current provincial legislature and have been voted in by branches to continue to serve our people for the next five years.

This element of continuity and change demonstrates we are not a narrow-minded organisation with five-year strategies. Our 2055 vision of building Gauteng as a global city will remain on course as we pursue the hard work set out to correct the imbalances of the past.

Unlike Western Cape, people flock to Gauteng because it is a province where the black majority continue to improve their lives and prosper.

This is reflected in the enormous investment in infrastructure in the townships and erstwhile informal settlements, and the incomparable growth of the black middle class in this province. The ANC has now entered the final phase of its election campaign called “Mayihlome!”

We are everywhere in the province talking to voters about how to move Gauteng and South Africa forward. Over and above our traditional mobilisation in the ANC strongholds, we have huge support in the suburbs.

In every election, there are always predictions based on various opinion polls that dramatically differ from each other. The actual election results, particularly the ANC’s performance, have always proved different.

To describe our Mayihlome phase as a panicked response is to completely distort and undermine our long-planned approach in contesting the elections.

We contest all elections with confidence and never take our voters for granted, unlike the copycat opposition parties. Their hunger for sensation and headlines is well known.

Everywhere we go, more and more of their leaders, members and supporters are shifting their allegiance to the ANC as they can feel our presence and see the evidence of our work.

Gauteng is now a better place to live and work in, and we have a good story to tell.

Makhura is the ANC provincial secretary in Gauteng

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