The A to JZ of the NGC ...

2010-09-19 14:52

ANC In two years time the ANC will be 100 years old.

BEE. Black economic ­empowerment will be a core debate at the NGC. Is it broad-based enough? How does enrichment differ from ­empowerment?

Cadre. The so-called cadre bill, an amendment to the Municipal Systems Act, is an effort to curtail the domination of political
office bearers in local councils. Eight of nine provinces oppose the bill.

Diplomats. They are unhappy that they have not been invited to the NGC in Durban.

E
conomy. Like BEE, economic policy direction will be highly contested. Trade union federation Cosatu has thrown down the gauntlet with a set of radical, albeit old, policy proposals.

Fikile Mbalula. The deputy police minister and main man at the NGC, which is likely to be his staging post for his campaign to become secretary-general of the ANC in 2012.

Generational change. Youngsters like Mbalula want to take over from the greybeards, but the oldies are saying “wait your turn”.

Harmony. ANC leaders have worked hard to ensure that the NGC shows a united front rather than revealing the schisms ripping through the tripartite alliance.

Incumbency. The sins of incumbency (being in power) include careerism, corruption and factionalism, as detailed in the party’s renewal strategy.

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. Charmza. The president is on a charm offensive to squash any talk that he will not make it for a second term as ANC and SA president.

Julius Malema. The ANC Youth League president garnered more column inches of coverage than Zuma as he set the political agenda over the past year. Malema wants disciplinary charges against him dropped; and he wants to ensure the nationalisation of mines is top of the agenda at the NGC.

Kgalema Motlanthe. Deputy president. Showed himself to be a darling of the youth league and was despatched to London this week, where he was forced to speak out against nationalisation – the policy plank of the youth league. Clever JZ.

Local government. Elections in next year mean that jockeying to be on election lists will probably start as soon as the Durban meeting is over.

Mines. Nationalise all of them. Run 60% of them through a state mining company and license 40% to the private sector, says the ANCYL.

Nationalisation. Still big after all these years? The ANC is looking to China and Venezuela, where state-owned companies drive growth.

O
ld wine in new bottles. Generally, the economic policy documents of each of the alliance partners is regarded as dated.

Provinces. At the NGC the power lies with the provinces. The most powerful, by number, are KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Gauteng.

Quo vadis? The ANC wants one million members by the time it goes to the 2012 national conference.

Renewal. The buzz word of the NGC. Most provinces are concerned about the atrophy in the ANC – but the party’s stated desire for selfless and committed cadres is shown to be more unrealistic almost every day.

SACP. South African Communist Party. The communists are caught between a rock and a hard place. Because senior leadership is embedded in the government and ANC, the party is less forthright than it used to be. Cosatu is unhappy that the vanguard party has not been fulsome enough in its support of working-class issues like the public sector strike.

Tribunal. The Media Appeals Tribunal is an effort to introduce state regulation of the print media, which the ANC says is too oppositional. Most provinces support a tribunal.

Undercurrents. If efforts at a truce succeed, the undercurrents are likely to be generational change, whether the president will serve a second term after the 2014 general election and
economic policy direction.

V
avi, Zwelinzima. The Cosatu leader says he is no longer writing blank cheques for the ANC. The federation is likely to push for an official election pledge with the ANC ahead of next year’s local government poll.

W
omen. ANC documents suggest there is currently a backlash against gender empowerment. The following factors are of concern: persistent gender-based violence; inequality in the workplace; feminisation of poverty; and sexist beliefs and attitudes.

Y
outh League. Over the past three years the ANC Youth League has achieved unprecedented influence because it is perceived to be a kingmaker in the ANC. Malema says seven out of 10 delegates at the NGC will be young people.

ZEE. A phrase coined by Young Communist League national chairperson David Masondo. He wrote, in City Press, that the policy of BEE had been replaced by ZEE, or Zuma economic empowerment. This was in reference to the rapid enrichment of the president’s family.


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