ANC reveals centenary plans

2011-12-14 22:21

Johannesburg - The African National Congress on Wednesday revealed the plans for its upcoming centenary celebrations.

ANC chair and former deputy president of South Africa, Baleka Mbete, said the party was prepared for the scheduled events.

"Our preparations and readiness are on course in terms of ensuring that we mark this historic moment in the best deserved way by the people of South Africa," she said in a statement.

The three-day celebration will take place in Bloemfontein (Mangaung) in January next year.

Mbete said the celebration would "kick-start" with a centenary golf day on Friday, January 6.

On January 7, the ANC would hold a thanks-giving ceremony, an inter-cultural event and a centenary dinner hosted by President Jacob Zuma.

The dinner would be attended by various heads of state and governments, and would culminate in the lighting of a centenary flame by Zuma, Mbete said.

January 8, the 100th birthday of the party, would begin with an inter-denominational church service, followed by the centennial address by Zuma.

Join in

Afterwards, the history of the ANC would be interpreted in song and dance performance.

Mbete said the ANC were calling on South Africans to join in the celebrations.

"We would like to call on all South Africans from diverse backgrounds to join in the mood, pride, accomplishment and celebrations. To us... the 100 years of the ANC is the heritage of the people of South Africa," she said.

"The importance and historic significance of this movement centenary celebrations has been acknowledged by none other than the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon."

Mbete said the ANC was attempting to mobilise over 100 000 people to participate in the celebrations.

"Amongst those invited in the country are the leaders of the tripartite alliance, eminent business people, the religious leaders, traditional leaders and sporting personalities," she said.

"We are also encouraged by the positive response we are receiving from leaders of the opposition parties in the country, some of whom have confirmed their attendance."

  • Sharon - 2011-12-14 22:36

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if they said "To honour our centenary, we are going to take the money set aside for the celebrations, and build a children's hospital" But no, partying and flaunting money in the face of the poor is a much better idea,so go for it, ANC, but remember, the people are watching..

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-14 23:46

      Yes Sharon, and I wonder if those without food on that day will watch on television and enjoy all of these festivities on an empty stomach? How do they cast their votes for them time and time again? Spending R30 Million renovating a church in the middle of nowhere? How is that in the public's interest? The list goes on. But don't forget Pravin Gordhan says he will lock you up if you lie on your tax return.

      Anita - 2011-12-15 05:23

      One of the reasons I decided to relocate to New Zealand, no money spent if there isn't any to spend. Tax payers won't share in those celebrations but will definitely feel it in their pockets!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 06:22

      A year of scandal is to follow. Wastage, drunkeness and a host of stupidity. WIll keep the media busy and our bloodpressure high.

      Juan - 2011-12-15 06:42

      @Sharon since when do they give a stuff about the poor? It's all about feeding egos and living a life of spoils for them.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 08:51

      The Shabir Shaik invitational. Jakkie Selibi and Devani will tee off first.

      Moss - 2011-12-15 09:28

      ANITAAAA, Then what interest do you have in our country. Find something to comment about in your new home and leave us alone!!

  • philip.spies - 2011-12-14 22:47

    At least they have the decency to invite all South Africans to join in, as we are the ones paying for it...

  • rupick - 2011-12-14 23:18

    Where will they get all the chickens for Kentucky

      CdeSganja - 2011-12-15 06:28

      What do you mean?But I'm happy as Malema will be addressing us,I'm going there we can drive together if you want a lift.

      Bob - 2011-12-15 09:07

      Sganja, don't you mean fatboy will be dressing you.

  • Steward - 2011-12-14 23:51

    What I would have loved to hear was that the funding for the party would come out of party coffers and donations made. More likely this will all come out of taxpayer money. I hope they realize before its too late that they are not South Africa. They are just a political party in this country. Sooner or later resentment is going to grow to the point where someone takes action against them, then its going to be ugly.

  • Wesley - 2011-12-15 03:27

    I read somewhere on the 6 January, the night is Julius's fashion show SABC should make a profit next year, they don't have to buy programs, because this is the only bollie we are going to see next year (175 times)

  • Ian - 2011-12-15 03:30

    sporting personalities, lets see how many of our cricket boys get invited and they forgot to mention the giant piss up

  • Ian - 2011-12-15 03:33

    a golf day, oh hell watch out trees, better prepare a roughless and bunkerless and waterless course LOL

  • Kevin - 2011-12-15 04:26

    What a waste of money for an insignificant lot. I suppose every laughing stock of the World government will take a day off now and then from fraud corruption , theft and forgetting that not one of them has the faintest idea what there jobs are about.

  • Max - 2011-12-15 05:21

    These kind of huge celebtations by want-to-be African comunists is typical of African idiocy. The idea of focusing the attention of the screwd masses on something bigger than their own missery and to make them feel part thereof is an old communist principal. The ANC can not even get this right because they are excluding the sheaple from the first two days' of splashing.

  • brionyl.french - 2011-12-15 06:12

    Another waste of tax payers money that could be used to educate or medicate.

  • Christognus - 2011-12-15 06:22

    Well done ANC we always by your side Viva Msholozi and your adminstration you make us proud no matter some media tried by all means to dicredit you will always VOTE you through ballot not through courts and public protector office

      George - 2011-12-15 11:59

      How many tenders you got

      Jimmy - 2011-12-15 14:09

      @Christognus, you are a special kind of stupid arent you?

  • Derk - 2011-12-15 06:24

    Starts off with a golf day Friday January 6th,I wonder if Schaik is playing in Zoonhead's fourball?

  • Wouter - 2011-12-15 06:46

    Who is paying for this?

  • The-third - 2011-12-15 07:30

    The 80/20 split. 80 years of working for democracy... 20 years of ****** it up.

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  • Leon - 2011-12-15 07:39

    Suppose this is why they can party...

  • jack.kukard - 2011-12-15 07:44

    Bunch of idiots , no money for hospital supplies , to fix roads but its okay to spend millions on a party , just proved once and for all only one brain cell trying to work.....

  • Derk - 2011-12-15 07:55

    they should put a fence around where the celebrations are taking place and we will have our own DISNEYLAND

  • joel.mathope - 2011-12-15 08:06

    Welldone ANC for negotiating the end of apartheid and avoiding what could have been the worst race war in SA history, we salute efforts taken to accommodate all races to ideally live as one, one day that dream will be achieved.

      grayadams88 - 2011-12-15 11:32

      Sure, one day that will be achieved. but it certainly wont be achieved by a government that thinks spending a reported R100million of tax payers money on celebrations for their own party is a good idea. they dont care that that money could have been spent building 2000 new homes for the poor. they dont care that that money could go towards HIV/Aids provention. they dont care.

  • Brian - 2011-12-15 08:09

    Hell yes waste some more money,come on people dont you know about self intitlement I mean what are you all complaining about, there is lots of money on the ANC money tree???? The mind boggles

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-12-15 08:09

    What I would like to see is who these members of opposition parties are that are so amped to be part of the celebrations, they should be boycotting this ridiculous waste of money. R500m on only 100 000 people? Do the math.

  • Andrew - 2011-12-15 08:24

    According to reports this celebration is going to cost the Tax payer R400m, this over and above the R150m in upgrading the resort in Bloemfontein. Can this be TRUE?

  • gideon.rossouw - 2011-12-15 09:02

    Does Manatashe and the ANC support for ZANU-PF and Mugabe mean that the ANC also supports their virulent homophobia? Does the ANC think that Gays and Lesbians are worse than pigs and dogs and should be criminalized? Perhaps President Zuma and Ms Mbete would care to explain why they are supporting policies that seek to destroy the lives of the GLBT community? I think it is the ANC that has become depraved, the party has lost all sense of values and no longer acts in support of building an open and democratic society. I regret voting for them in the past and am sad to say, one hundred years and nothing to celebrate.

      joel.mathope - 2011-12-15 10:09

      Gideon, really nothing to celebrate? unfortunately we cant dictate how Zim should draw up their constitution, Im happy our gays and lesbians are living their lives the way they want thanks to ANC, there are worse situations like in Nigeria,

      Ian - 2011-12-15 10:12

      @Joel - Yes we cant dictate to Zim how to draw up their constitution, but we can choose to not support them.

      joel.mathope - 2011-12-15 10:47

      Ian, we must look at what capacity are we supporting them,

  • Jacques - 2012-01-04 17:30

    Sounds like a massive waste of money, indeed. Just one thing: what the hell is an inter-denominational church service? Isn't that kind of defeating the point of church? ''Accept Christ and be blessed with eternal life, but if all else fails- just strap a bomb to yourself and blow public places up and be rewarded with your 72 virgins. And remember, brothers and sisters, science is the answer to everything; we are nothing more than a chance happening of organic molecules evolving into the complex life forms we are, there is no God''. I dunno, ey. Keeping everyone happy just got stepped up a notch.

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