Durban: ANC talks to set cash tills ringing

2010-09-16 00:00

THE hosting of the ANC national general council (NGC) next week is likely to boost local businesses as thousands of delegates are expected to converge on Durban for the whole of next week.

The NGC will be staged from Monday until Friday at the Durban Exhibition Centre.

The acting CEO of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chamber, T.C. Chetty, told The Witness the chamber is confident that the gathering is going to have a positive impact on the economy of Durban and KZN in general.

“It’s definitely good for business as different sectors of business will benefit.

“There has been much debate regarding the economic policies within the ANC and we are ready to interact with them as businesses are going to be represented.

“We hope there will be a constructive debate and that businesses’ concerns and contributions will have an impact on resolutions to be reached,” Chetty said.

 

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KwaZulu-Natal will not only be the host of the ANC’s NGC but will also be crucially influential in decisions to be taken at the conference as it is has more members than any other province that will converge at the NGC .

Out of 2 800 voting delegates expected at the conference the ANC KZN will be represented by 455 drawn from 386 branch delegates, 25 from the provincial Executive committee (PEC) and 55 from regional executive committees (RECs).

The Eastern Cape which had previously been the biggest province of the ANC is expected to send 383 delegates this time. It is believed that the decline of ANC membership in Eastern Cape is due to the emergence of Cope in 2008 whilst KZN membership was increasing.

National spokesperson for the ANC Jackson Mthembu said 1 500 delegates will be drawn from branches, 500 PECs, RECs, and the ANC Youth League Women’s League.

About 800 will be drawn from alliance partners, deployed ANC cadres from all centres of power including parliament, Ministers and Deputy Ministers who are not members of the ANC, CEOs of state parastatals, South African Local Governments Association (Salga) and ANC mayors who are not members of the NEC.

All these delegates will be accommodated throughout Durban at the cost of the ANC Head Office.

Asked as to the total amount of organizing this week-long conference Mthembu said: “We are not at liberty to disclose ANC finances; ANC finances will be disclosed to the NGC and not to the media. But we can confirm that transport for the delegates from all the provinces including their accommodation and meals are being paid for by the ANC headquarters.”

A number of other non-voting delegates including diplomats from different parties, businesses and observers are also expected to flock to Durban for the event.

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