KZN ANC conference in PMB this year

2008-06-09 00:00

The sixth provincial conference of the ANC takes place from June 20 to 22 — in Pietermaritzburg for the first time. All previous conferences took place in Durban.

A total of 1 005 voting delegates will elect the party’s provincial leadership. Unlike other provinces beset by bitterly-contested leadership battles, the KZN leadership can bask in the glory that the build-up to the conference here has gone smoothly.

Outgoing chairman, S’bu Ndebele, reiterated yesterday that he will not be standing for any leadership positions. He said he will continue working with the provincial executive committee (PEC) as a deployee of the national executive committee, a position he retains until 2012.

Commenting on the trouble-free process so far, Ndebele said KZN has a united leadership who often get deployed to other provinces to assist with problems.

Party secretary Senzo Mchunu said the branch nominations were completed by Sunday and boxes containing the nominations were expected in the ANC offices by yesterday where members of the electoral commission were to collate a report for the conference.

At its last regular sitting yesterday, the outgoing PEC held a press briefing to outline preparations for the upcoming conference, which will be held at the Indumiso campus of the Durban University of Technology, in Imbali.

Mchunu said they are happy that the hall at the centre is big enough. Accommodation for delegates has also been sorted out and he was happy that at this stage it is all systems go.

The conference will be held under the theme: “Mobilise and advance in Unity. Build a caring society. Forward to 2009 Victory.”

A key issue will be the 2009 national election, where the party has set the goal for a 60% victory in the election. Other topics include the country’s energy crisis, improving service delivery, rising food prices and xenophobia.

Mchunu added that the resolutions that were taken at the national ANC conference last year will provide the context for discussions.

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