Summit a time to take stock

2012-07-20 00:00

THE ANC’s three-day provincial tripartite alliance summit will kick off today at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College.

About 200 delegates are expected to attend the summit, which will be attended by provincial executive committee members of the ANC, labour federation Cosatu, the SA Communist Party and the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco).

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the aim of the summit was to assess the national and global situation, “the progress we are making in building a better life for all South Africans and the challenges faced in leading and accelerating the process of social and economic transformation”.

Among the issues under discussion would be the state of transformation and the work done by the provincial government in fast-tracking service delivery.

“This is the first time that the alliance has ruled the whole of KZN as we control almost all the municipalities, so we need to review how effective we have been in order to come up with a way forward in addressing current challenges facing our people,” Zikalala said.

The summit would also review policies approved at the ANC national policy conference in Midrand in June and what needed to be done to ensure that the policies were adopted in December.

Sanco provincial secretary Khaya Sibiya confirmed that service delivery and economic transformation would be on the agenda.

“When we talk of state transformation we want to change the way government departments operate. For example, when one visits the Justice Department to ask for the Constitution, we should be able to get it without having to wait for an hour, only to be told it is not available.”

Sibiya said the summit would discuss the balance of forces in international solidarity campaigns, to see which countries supported the democracy in SA and were willing to help improve the lot of the poor majority.

“We are going to talk about the fight against crime, corruption and building revolutionary morality.

“We are also going to look at how to strategise and strengthen the alliance’s campaign for elections because the election year is around the corner and the alliance needs to start working on tactics and strategy.”

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