Johannesburg - South Africans need to rely less on the government and learn to empower themselves, the ANC said on Sunday."We have done a lot to ensure that we can lift our people out of poverty," Social Transformation sub-committee chairperson Lindiwe Sisulu told reporters during a briefing in Midrand where the party was holding its National General Council."The most basic things that needed to be put in place, we are still rolling them out. But we would like now to concentrate on empowering our people to be the engine of their own development and getting themselves out of poverty."Sisulu said the party had adopted a new radical approach to policies on socio-economic transformation, but people needed to stop being passive recipients."While the State will continue to provide the support and the infrastructure and the opportunities to ensure that our people are active participants and central to getting themselves out of poverty, we think that this is part of the empowerment that they need, they should not always be passive recipients of what government is giving out to them," Sisulu said.