ANC outlines programme for ‘incident-free’ council

2010-09-16 00:00

THE ANC is confident that its coming national general council (NGC) will be incident-free and will not depart from its intended purpose to discuss policy-related matters affecting the party and sectors of South African society.

ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told the media in Durban yesterday that the organisation is more than ready for the five-day event to be held at Durban’s Exhibition Centre from Monday to Friday next week.

“All our provinces this past weekend concluded their successful PGCs [provincial general councils] and are ready to converge on Sunday in Durban to make the NGC a resounding success,” he said.“The conclusion of the PGCs comes in the wake of yet again a very

After its successful NGC, the youth league indicated it will engage robustly with policy issues during the NGC, he added.

Mthembu said the first day will be taken up with an opening address by President Jacob Zuma and presentations of an organisational report by secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and a financial report by treasurer-general Matthews Phosa.This will be followed by the presenation of the leadership renewal programme and a discussion document on gender prepared by the women’s league.

The second and the third days will be dedicated to commissions that will engage critically with all the discussion documents meant to review the work of the ANC since the last conference in Polokwane in 2007.

The fourth and final days will see work done in commissions being presented to the plenary session for final scrutiny before the council’s declarations are presented. Then the delegates will attend a Heritage Day celebration at Moses Mabhida stadium.



Business people will get an opportunity to interact with Ministers on breakfast sessions everyday before the start of the council proceedings.

Ministers expected to take part in those sessions are Pravin Gordan (Finance), Trevor Manuel (Office of the Presidence), Rob Davis (Trade and

Industry) and Ibrahim Patel (Economic Development).

Perhaps the most attractive events for the general public are build-up programmes for different members of the national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC including former ANCWL president Winnie Mandela, Mantashe, ANCYL president Julius Malema and many others who had been deployed to various parts of the province.

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