ANC wants to win back urban voters

2015-08-25 10:44

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Johannesburg - The ANC plans to focus on metros in a bid to stop a drop in support ahead of local government elections next year.

"The significant growth of the metros over the past decade makes a compelling case for the ANC to pay special attention to metros," the ruling party says in its discussion documents, released ahead of the National General Council meeting which will take place later this year.

The NGC is the party's mid-term review of its policies and the implementation thereof since the 53rd National Conference in Mangaung in 2012.

The party says the pattern of voting in the metros "requires the ANC to review its strategies and launch a programme dedicated at reversing the current trend".

It wants to consolidate the ANC's current electoral base, recover the lost electorate and advance into new electoral support, it says.

The growth in population in metro areas has also contributed to the infrastructure backlogs which already existed in all the major cities, it says.

"Clearly millions of people still remain living in informal settlements even though great strides have been made to build formal housing in the major metros.

"Most major cities had a growth of between 5% and 15% in the number of people living in formal housing between 2001 and 2011," it says.

The party says there is a need to integrate its structural mechanisms in order to better address service delivery problems.

"Integrated delivery of service is not possible when there is no central and predictable mechanisms for guiding and regulating the key performance areas of integration across spheres."

One of the weaknesses contributing to this was the overlapping and duplication of mandates in government's national structures, it said.

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