Smooth start to conference expected

2017-05-10 06:00
Outgoing provincial secretary of the ANC, Zamani Saul, expects the Northern Cape provincial ANC conference to get off to a smooth start on Thursday (11/05).Photo: Boipelo Mere

Outgoing provincial secretary of the ANC, Zamani Saul, expects the Northern Cape provincial ANC conference to get off to a smooth start on Thursday (11/05).Photo: Boipelo Mere

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At least 17 branches of the ANC in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District (JTG) and the Frances Baard District (FB) had to rally against time to get access to the much-anticipated Northern Cape provincial ANC conference hosted in Colesberg.

It is all systems go for the conference that is expected to start on Thursday (11/05) and continue until Sunday (13/05). A total of 85% of delegates are reportedly preregistered.

The outgoing ANC provincial secretary, Zamani Saul, elaborated at a media briefing on Tuesday (09/05) that eight branches in JTG and nine in FB had only Tuesday and today (10/05) left to convene their branch committee meetings (BGMs), while the registration process for the conference started today.

“They have to work hard to reach their quorums in order to make it for the registration process. They were given enough time to convene their branch meetings. Some of them tried several times, but could not reach a quorum,” said Saul.

He added that a provincial executive committee (PEC) would be deployed to assist in the outstanding BGMs in order to assist those branches.

Saul said the conference was expected to get off to a smooth start on Thursday after all logistics had been dealt with.

Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president of the ANC, is expected to deliver the keynote address.

The political report is expected to be delivered by the deputy chairperson, Kenny Mmoiemang, the organisational report by Saul, while the treasurer, Sylvia Lucas, will deliver the financial report of the ANC in the province.

“Any breach of security is impossible – it took six weeks to complete as every delegate will only produce a ticket in order to get a tag at the entrance. There will be no filling in of forms.”

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