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Prep for N Cape ANC conference running smoothly

2012-06-07 17:01

Upington - Preparations were running smoothly in Upington for the ANC's provincial elective conference due to start on Thursday afternoon.

ANC president Jacob Zuma is to address the conference later in the day.

Strict security measures were in place at the Upington Rugby Club fields at the Eiland Resort.

Huge tents were erected on the rugby fields with the main tortoise-shaped conference tent decorated with plants and in party colours. Many palm trees along the long entrance path were also wrapped in party colours.

At the Upington Further Education and Training college, where the delegates must register, there was a holiday atmosphere. Delegates were mostly standing in the sun and waiting for their conference tags. Many of the delegates from the five regions also reside at the FET college.

Registration was running smoothly.

One of the aims of the conference was to vote for a new top structure for the ruling party's representation in the province.

Some 800 delegates were expected to attend the conference. Voting delegates were 535 with the biggest region the Francis Baard region (Kimberley) with 120 delegates.

The second biggest region was the Siyanda region (Upington) with 109 delegates, which was the power base of current Northern Cape ANC chairman John Block.

Provincial secretary Zamani Saul earlier said the nomination process for the province's top five positions would only be shared with delegates later on Thursday.

He said the province had few problems in the run up to the provincial conference.

There were problems at only nine branch general meetings, out of nearly 170 ANC branches in the province.

Saul said all issues which led to unhappiness at the nine branches were resolved.

A huge police presence was evident in Upington.