As it happened: ANC media briefing

2014-06-08 12:33

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Get live updates of the African National Congress media briefing following the National Executive Committee meeting and the ANC NEC Lekgotla.

13:22 - Mantashe: by next year pressure to start campaigning for 2016 will heat up. Not about what we'll do different, but what is working.

13:22 - Mantashe: we will do detailed analysis of each voting district on how to approach election campaign.

13:22 - Mantashe: in the main we will be strengthening what works and adapt in areas where there are weaknesses. 

13:16 -In brief, the ANC Secretary-General is addressing the media on the outcome of the 2014 general elections.

He has also spoken about Zuma's hospitalisation, saying however, that he was expected to be out of the hospital on Sunday.

Mantashe also spoke on the prolonged strike in the platinum belt and blamed it for dragging the economy down.

Mantashe also said all top ANC members would get time some off. Read more here.

13:05 - Mantashe: rural voters are not the most aggrieved. They appreciate development

13:03 - Mantashe - Most importantly, our people expect a sense of urgency in what we do as the ANC & as Government. We should not disappoint them!

13:02 Mantashe: What rural people like about the ANC is that they appreciate development.

13:00 - Mantashe: most people with matric voted for the ANC.

12:59 - Mantashe: it is a myth that ANC voters are rural in the main. That is what misled Mike Waters into making that cartoon.


12:53 - Mantashe: I don't know if you know Chinese proverb development is an irrefutable argument. It is continuing. 

12:51 - Mantashe: we cannot sit back and wait until everyone is happy with NDP. Will engage alliance partners as we go on.

12:51 - Mantashe on appeasing alliance on NDP: success or failure of any programme will be in implementation. We're implementing.

12:49 - Mantashe: each cluster in cabinet must come up with how they will turn around economic growth. Mining, manufacturing, etc sector. 

12:48 - Next question on other ways than ending strike to reverse negative economic growth. Mantashe says it really starts with strike.

12:48 - Mantashe: if you can't see a faster growth in economy, definition of radical economic transformation doesn't matter.

12:48 - Mantashe: once we intervene in sectors like transport, ICT, etc, will know if radical ec transformation was just a phase.

12:47 - Mantashe in effect says no time to nitpick on definitions of radical economic transformation. It's about programmes you implement.

12:47 - Mantashe responding to my question on how lekgotla defined radical economic transformation. Says I'm stuck up on concept.

12:46 - Mantashe explains how he would fall asleep in front of TV with Zuma face, wake up at 4am and think its that face that drives him.

12:46 - Mantashe: by the time we go to SONA, president must have high levels of energy. These elections were particularly punishing.

12:46 - Mantashe says Zuma went for routine health checks in hospital (this seems to contradict fact that Zuma routine checks in Dec/Jan.

12:46 - Mantashe: i was also ordered to take 9 days off to go and relax. I didn't want to go but I was told to go away.

12:42 - Mantashe: We are expecting President Jacob Zuma to be out of hospital today. 

12:41 - Mantashe: in 2 metros we didn't get 50% and that is of serious concern to us.

12:40 - 

The ANCLekgotla agreed the negative 0,6% negative growth for the 1st quarter of 2014 must be speedily arrested.

12:40 -Mantashe: ANC must reconnect with black middle classes. They are a result of the progressive policies of the ANC.

12:39 - Mantashe: were predictions that we were going to lose some provinces in elections. Some sectors in society and media on offensive.

12:38 -Mantashe: Paramount in this is moving with vogue and speed to implement the commitments made in the manifesto.

12:38 - Mantashe: The NEC adopted a programme of engagement with various communities. 

12:37 - Mantashe: The ANC is thankful of this support from its leaders, members, volunteers, alliance partners and the broader society.

12:36 - In its analysis of the 2014 elections the NEC expressed; the ANC who an overwhelming electoral victory which demonstrates confidence ...

12:35 - Mantashe: Direct participation of EconFreedomZA in the negotiations lent a different colour to the strike

12:32 The NEC met over 3 days, dedicated 2 days to the Lekgotla in preparation of Cabinet Lekgotla that will precede the SONA. Tweets Carien du plessis

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