Election race picks up

2009-01-21 00:00

With at least three political parties set to launch their election manifestos this weekend, the 2009 election race is picking up steam.

New party on the block, the Congress of the People (COPE) holds its manifesto rally in Port Elizabeth’s Wolfsen Stadium in KwaZakhele on Saturday, 24 January.

The party is expecting a crowd of over 40 000. On the same day, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) will unveil its manifesto in Johannesburg at the Nasrec Convention Centre.

Sunday, 25 January will see the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) manifesto launch at the SAFA-Simba Stadium in Pimville, Soweto. IFP Secretary-General, Musa Zondi said the manifesto will lay out clear proposals to deal with key issues facing South Africa.

He added the IFP’s vision of a moral society, underpinned by ubuntu, is at odds with much in the country today.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will unveil its election campaign strategy on Saturday, 31 January in Kliptown Soweto, while the manifesto launch will take place on Saturday, 14 February.

The 2009 election was beginning to look like a one horse race with the ANC having launched its manifesto in East London two weeks ago on Saturday 10 January, followed by several regional rallies around the country.

Soweto seems to be the place of choice for manifesto launches, Nadeco - The National Democratic Convention held their event last Saturday (17 January) at the Jabulani Amphitheatre.

Key offers in the Nadeco manifesto were an economic revival plan and a social restoration agenda.

The party pledged to work with NGO’s, trade unions, religious, cultural and youth groupings to stimulate economic growth in poor communities. The social restoration agenda will look to prioritising housing for families.

Durban hasn’t been totally left out. This weekend, the African People’s Convention (APC) will hold its provincial summit and unveil its election slogan on Saturday (24 January) at Diakonia Centre, St Andrews Street starting 12pm.

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