Policies will affect all: Sexwale

2012-06-26 11:53

Johannesburg - The policies decided on at the ANC's conference this week will affect all South Africans, not just party members, national executive committee member Tokyo Sexwale said on Tuesday.

"It's a very important conference," said Sexwale, who is human settlements minister.

"When we talk about health, people are worried about health, housing [and] unemployment."

The African National Congress starts a four-day policy conference at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

Sexwale said the conference was a preparatory conference leading up to the party's elective conference in Mangaung, in the Free State, in December.

"The policies that are discussed here on education, on development, on housing, on health, on the economy will be ratified by the national conference in Mangaung," he said.

Sexwale said a separate conference had to be held from the elective conference, otherwise it would turn into a 10 or 15 day conference.

Real policies

The ANC would make sure that it got "real" policies out of this week's conference, he said.

"The ANC is its own boss. It has no choice but to come out with strong policies, strong policies reflecting where we are as a country," said Sexwale.

"At the end of the day it touches the lives of people... it must move from words to actions."

About 3 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference. They consist of branch representatives, NEC members, the ANC's leagues, its alliance partners, deployees and business representatives.

ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday morning he was looking forward to a good outcome at the end of the week.

"We are very happy with the preparations... there are some vibrant ideas. We don't believe there are issues that can't be discussed."

KwaZulu-Natal is the ANC's biggest province. It has brought 540 delegates to the event. However, Mkhize said it was not the numbers that counted.

Tuesday's session started with an address by President Jacob Zuma, who is also ANC president.

This would be followed by a closed plenary session, where the ANC's policy documents would be discussed.

  • Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-06-26 12:07

    More talk and still nothing will change that will actually benefit the country. 18 years of talking and spiraling downward.

      tlhakisi - 2012-06-26 12:32

      Sexwale must lead dan bein led ds uneducated moron

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-26 13:26

      Tlhakisi what the f@ck are you smoking boet??? What the hell did you say??? Uneducated moron??? Look in the mirror!!!

  • wizeman.slim - 2012-06-26 12:09

    "When we talk about health, people are worried about health, housing [and] unemployment." More like, "When we talk, people should worry"

      Press - 2012-06-26 12:41

      Aaag Tokyo - we all know by now how the ANC's policy making process works - we have all been through numerous cycles by now. It goes like this: Firstly we strategise and make policies for our people, and then we totally balls-up implementation, and befor you can say "election" another policy conference looms and we strategise and make policies for our people and we totally . . . . .

      Sharon - 2012-06-27 19:48

      amazing how much they talk and how much they promise with the lead up to elections,then afterwards nothing gets done and the rape of the govt coffers continues

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-06-26 12:13

    I just wish this conference was Mangaung conference already. Tired of this cheap talk and less action. Zuma out, and in with Progressive leaders.

  • Ben - 2012-06-26 12:16

    Doing my best to be positive. No success.

  • Jo - 2012-06-26 12:17

    Tss. Please. ANC is a bunch of idiots in suits and fancy cars. They don't care about anything else but their own pockets.

  • andrew.arde - 2012-06-26 12:17

    When The ANC talks about health they actually mean the "health" of their pockets.

  • Henk - 2012-06-26 12:28

    The uneducated making educated decisions! Welcome to Africa!

  • Johnnys_Place - 2012-06-26 12:46

    Making policies, then implement them, then see it's a stuff-up, then reverting back to the way it was originally when everything worked and then the anc claim success for the policy.

  • victor.windsor - 2012-06-26 12:48

    more lip service !!!!!!!!

  • Mark - 2012-06-26 13:03

    Mr Sexwale is right on one aspect. ''The policies will affect all'' Those few ANC individuals will get more from the poor and the poor will suffer more. The ANC has proved that they just cannot govern. Time to vote them out is at the next election. The poor has suffered long enough and need change now.

  • monique.jackson0 - 2012-06-26 13:15

    I predict a new 70% BEE rating... Let's hope Tokyo keeps all the policies sensible and realistic.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-06-26 13:28

    Time to give the DA a chance to rule and see what they can do. The ANC have failed us and it's time for change and change now.

  • oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-06-26 13:36

    BEE...BEE...BEE they will never ever stop this RASCIST ,STUPID, policy...!!! This country will never ever grow, but sink like a dead fish as long as The racist ANC and their draconian policy’s of racial segregation continues...AMANDLA to ALL the people, not just the blacks...and drop the STUPID comrade stuff makes you look even more stupid than you already look in the eyes of the world..!!!!!

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-06-26 14:20

    True ANC's its own boss with less dan 1 million members in a 40 million ppl country. If they can implement every policy resolution Scorpions were done away with

  • Steve - 2012-06-26 16:26

    I have often wondered how people like Tokyo Sexwale got so wealthy, so quickly. Doesn't the article picture look just like Malema?

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