ANC confident on policy outcomes

2012-06-25 21:49

Johannesburg - The ANC is confident its policy conference will produce outstanding outcomes, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

"There have been very robust debates within our branches, regions, provinces [and] alliance structures, and [among] the public, on the policy he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"We are very confident that the policy conference... will bring together all those discussions and produce outstanding policy outcomes."

He said robust debate between about 3 500 delegates was to be expected.

"This is a source of excitement. The fact that people have expressed different views is indication that there will be robust debate," he said.

The ANC's four-day policy conference is set to start at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

The delegates consisted of branch delegates, national executive committee members, the ANC leagues, its alliance partners, deployees and business representatives.

The ANC's head of policy Jeff Radebe said delegates from all provinces would be part of the commission discussions on the policies.

"The responsibility is with provinces to allocate delegates to each commission," he said.

"The steering committee will monitor and make sure each province has delegates in each commission."

The ANC's largest province, KwaZulu-Natal, would field about 540 delegates, while the party's second largest province, the Eastern Cape, was sending 420 delegates to the conference, said Radebe.

The other provinces' delegation numbers ranged between 100 and 250.

When asked what obstacles the ANC would face during the policy conference, Mantashe said: "We'll deal with challenges as they come."

He said the policy conference was a "preparatory conference" for the ANC's national elective conference, to be held in Mangaung in December, but would not focus on the succession debate.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said: "All of us will be focused on whether policies have worked, or if they need to be reviewed."

Tuesday's session would start with an address by President Jacob Zuma, who is also president of the ANC.

The conference would then have a closed plenary session.

Input would be received on three of the ANC's main policy documents: organisational renewal, strategy and tactics; the state intervention in the mining sector; and the national development plan and commission guidelines.

"All submissions that have been made by individuals and organisations have been sent to all relevant sub-committees," said Mantashe.

"These will assist in ensuring that the conference considers these discussions broadly and inclusively."

He said the ANC would ensure that all concerns would be raised and looked into.

The second day of the conference would consist of commissions discussing the party's 13 policy documents in closed sessions.

All the commissions would deliberate on the ANC's discussion documents on organisational renewal and strategy and tactics, which included the second transition.

Commissions would report back on the third and fourth days, said Mantashe.

  • Henk - 2012-06-25 21:53

    The cadres are going to milk it after this!!

      Press - 2012-06-25 23:10

      Final moments of a country with boundless potential about to arrive . . .

  • Godfrey - 2012-06-25 22:09

    Free lunch and booze.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-25 22:29

      Gravy, its all about the gravy...

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-25 22:11

    ANC... You're only confident because you've crippled the masses. You've kept them homeless, without water, elEctricity and unemployed! The employed people you've milked like cows and crippled. Enjoy!!! KARmA is waiting...

      Rodney - 2012-06-26 01:25

      If the ANC weren't confident of their policies, I would be more worried than i am now. Not like he would admit they were thinking the policies were total rubbish and had no chance in hell of actually working or that the ANC would even try to make them work. What a daft thing to say. Then again, this is the ANC.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-25 22:33

    I hope the ANC pays Gallagher estate for hosting the event and that they leave the place intact when it's over - they have been known to trash places that have provided accommodation and then not paid for the accommodation or the damage. Nice!

      Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-26 08:28

      Bles.. The ANC should Invite least he'll use his credit card for the bar bill...the bank may have to employ collection agents but then they were stupid enough to give him a card in the first place!!

  • Thulani - 2012-06-25 22:37

    Its a pity we gonna see our strong political hold going down through prevailing propergandad comrades RSA have to develop proper plans for her future than hungry lions in jungle no wonder the COPE

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-06-25 23:15

    I love u ANC so much but Policy after Policy it won't help our beloved country, we need the implementer of those Policy. We need people who are going to make sure that policy document is implemented on ground level. We are sick and tired of empty promises. We are not old grannys who used to for Mandela we are young generation who's suffer a lot and we know what is right and wrong, keep on playing your manipulation games u will loose votes from ground level community.

      samlet.letsam - 2012-06-26 00:47

      If you are not a delegate, not even grass roots can help you get what you want. Take a look to your left and right. Whites, coloured, Indians (90%) unhappy and will not vote for the ANC. If you want them to deliver you an run down old merc with no engin and full of pigeons, burn down the grass. If you want to have a great opportunity as a South African where we all just want to be safe - bling for them - good education and a future, stand by the minorities. Between us we can sort it out. We donĀ“t need these cretin thieves to rob us and keep it what we owed you. We will very willingly work with anybody who wants to work with us.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-06-26 05:35

    The policy outcomes have already been decided, the rest of it is just for show. One thing is for sure. The fatcat cadres are not going to allow themselves to be disempowered by democracy so they will push for the National Democratic state as it will keep the poor poor, impoverish the middle class and sustain the corrupt and decadent wealthy elite of the ruling party, which is no longer the ANC, but the SACP.

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