ANC to hold mid-year lekgotla

2015-07-24 05:31
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Johannesburg - The ANC will hold its three-day mid-year lekgotla starting on Friday in Pretoria, where it is expected that it will focus on the country's energy crisis, the economy and local government.

The party's lekgotla precedes the Cabinet lekgotla which is expected to be held at the end of the month.

ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said this weekend's meeting would assess government's progress in delivering against the party's priorities, which included job creation, and would give guidance on focus areas to its deployees in government.

The July Cabinet lekgotla usually focuses on planning issues to inform the annual budgeting process.

At the ANC's last lekgotla in January, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the party was focusing on its top priorities: education, health, land and agrarian reform, as well as crime and corruption, and local government.

The ANC discussed the problems faced in state-owned enterprises like Eskom which was struggling to keep the lights on. There was growing frustration about the continuous power cuts which have a negative impact on the economy.  

Alternative sources of energy

The delays in the construction of coal-fired power stations like Medupi and Kusile were also worrying the ANC and the ruling party has expressed a need to fast-track the work.

Mantashe has claimed that the strain on the power grid was due to economic growth and development.

The ANC also wanted the government to look into alternative sources of energy, such as nuclear.

These issues are expected once again to be on top of the agenda at the lekgotla.

Earlier this month, South Africa and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding.

The two intended to implement several joint projects for education in the nuclear power industry.

Two memorandums were signed at the 7th Brics summit in Ufa, Russia, between the energy department and the Russian state nuclear corporation, Rosatom.

As next year's local government elections draw near, the party is expected to focus on its election plan.

The local government elections are expected to be the fight for the metros - Johannesburg, Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay, Cape Town and Ekurhuleni. The EFF and the DA intend unseating the ANC in the metros.

The ANC has given its full backing to government’s back to basics plan, to deal with issues affecting municipalities and service delivery. The plan was introduced by President Jacob Zuma last year. 

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