This weekend the ANC will hold its sixth provincial conference. It is a conference that takes place at an exciting time in the life of our democracy. That Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of the province of KwaZulu-Natal since 2004, is hosting the conference is the reaffirmation that indeed this city is a city of choice for the people of KwaZulu-Natal. As we converge on Pietermaritzburg, some of the senior leaders of our movement have already indicated that, in so far as day-to-day occupation of official leadership positions is concerned, they feel they have made their contribution and would like to hand over the baton to other leaders. The current chairperson of our movement, an intellectual par excellence and one of the major architects of the stability we enjoy today, Comrade Sibusiso Ndebele, understanding correctly that all of us contribute to the ANC at different levels, has openly declared that he will not be standing for the position of chairperson this time around.