Provincial conference brings bizz to Newcastle

2012-05-14 00:00

THE sleepy town of Newcastle came alive over the weekend as ANC delegates and top politicians descended on the town for the ruling party’s provincial conference.

Hotels and B&Bs in and around the town were fully booked for the past three days and some delegates and journalists had to find accommodation in the neighbouring towns of Glencoe, Ladysmith and Dundee.

The past three days may have not been a success story for the food vendors as catering had been organised by the ruling party, however those who were selling ANC memorabilia did not complain about travelling from distant parts of the province to do business in Newcastle.

Helen Mncube travelled from Durban’s Umlazi Township to sell ANC bags, jackets, T-shirts, caps and dresses.

“I am happy I made the decision to come here because business was good,” she said.

She said she never misses an opportunity to sell at ANC gatherings because she usually made a lot of money in just a few days.

Another vendor who also came from Durban, Philile Msimango said she wished the conference could be extended by a few more days because she was making a killing.

Meanwhile the ANC socialites descended on Khaya Lounge (owned by city manager Kebone Masange) in Newcastle’s Voortreker Street on Saturday night to celebrate an early victory for their provincial leadership.

Luxurious cars including Audi R8s and Range Rovers lined the streets while expensive champagne and whiskey flowed freely.

The ANC who's who could be spotted at this trendy spot while the poor ones who travelled there in buses were nowhere to be seen.

But all in all the conference seemed good for local businesses in and around Newcastle.

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