Ramphele aims to capitalise on social media

2013-02-18 21:08

Johannesburg - Social media will be an important tool for author, activist and businesswoman Mamphela Ramphele, who announced a newly-formed "party political platform" on Monday.

"You can multiply your troops very quickly on social media," Ramphele told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Today we have a team of dedicated professionals. Thank God for information technology."

Ramphele said she had an "energetic" team of five.

Ramphele has called her party political platform Agang SA, which means "build South Africa" in Sepedi.

She said she intended using it to contest the 2014 national elections.

"What I am going to be doing, and have been doing, is consulting every citizen because they deserve as much attention.

"It's called a party political platform because it's still in a consultative stage," Ramphele said.

Every South African had a right to contribute to the platform and to shape it.

"Our approach is to go from village to village, township to township, young people, old people, rich people, poor people, because the country belongs to all of us," she said.

"Ours is a consultative process."

Ramphele said the party name could change through the consultations.

"The name of Agang SA party will be confirmed, modified or changed by the consultation process. That is the working name, and if it is confirmed, that is the name under which we will contest elections."

She said Agang SA would bring additional things into the political space, such as a campaign for electoral reform, the launch of a war against corruption, and improving education.

It would develop public policies and plans to put these into practice.

A policy director was putting together working groups to come up with policies in key areas. The platform's policies and implementation strategies would be evidence-based, said Ramphele.

"We need to move our country forward in a systematic manner."

She said she saw herself as the bridge between the generation which had fought for freedom and her children's generation.

"The golden oldies must go into the sunset."

Funding key

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Monday that it had not received an application from Ramphele to register a political party.

According to the IEC's website, in order to register a political party an application form must be submitted. Along with the form, the party must indicate its name and abbreviation, submit a copy of its constitution and have a deed of foundation signed by 500 registered voters.

The party also had to have two sets of its logo in colour, and pay a R500 registration fee. A hard copy of the Government Gazette containing the party's notice also had to be submitted.

Funding is a key element to establishing and building a political party.

Ramphele said fund-raising had always been a challenge.

"So far, we have been supported by caring South Africans who are absolutely frightened of the future. [They]... have given us, from their own pockets, money to start," she said.

"We will be asking each one of you to contribute.... If you believe that the country of our future can be built in your lifetime, please contribute."

Ramphele used the example of how the University of Cape Town had raised R77m for a library in 18 months when she was vice chancellor.

This had been done without the help of social networking site Twitter.

She said she had not brokered a deal with the Democratic Alliance and would not join opposition parties in a Parliamentary coalition to oppose the African National Congress.

"With the issue of joining [an opposition party], I think I have made it clear, I am not a joiner. I believe that the challenges South Africa faces today require innovative approaches, and those don't come from joining something."

She said she had spoken to the DA, the Congress of the People the United Democratic Movement and other organisations.

"We are not in the opposition business. We are in the business of building the South Africa of our dreams," said Ramphele.

"We are going to work with everybody who shares that dream. Spending time and energy opposing others is not the way to build a dream."

  • Kalibanache - 2013-02-18 21:12

    Aunty if you can just get your foot into that rotten SABC I have a book worth of suggestions I am very serious about that Its turned into a junk music Dustbin run by morons

      bosepa.bjampja - 2013-02-18 21:33

      i heard that OSCAR PISTORIUS goes to fishing with a gun. when all fails, he shoots at the water violently.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2013-02-18 21:18

    You see the point is where are the shock troops. the people of influence who have thrown in their lot with the new dream. We wait with anticipation. Probably like Biko, dead. Your time was 1994, you waited too long

  • SharonE - 2013-02-18 21:21

    What an inspiration! She has her finger on the pulse of every South African. Finally, a glimmer of hope...

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-18 21:26

      Sharon, she certainly has the well being of the people at heart and a applaud her attitude towards corruption. We always wanted that. However, is this going to weaken the ANC or the opposition. If it is the latter, this is not a good move for South Africa. And for her to say she will not form coalitions to appose the ANC is very disappointing

      SharonE - 2013-02-18 21:33

      In the 2004 elections the ANC got 69.68% of the votes, and the DA 12.37% In 2009 the ANC dropped to 65.9%, the DA increased to 16.66%. Where did the COPE votes come from, the DA or the ANC?

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-18 21:40

      Yeah, I hear what you are saying - however I do believe a lot of the old ANC supporters who have (since the last election) become extremely disillusioned have been sitting on the fence because simply they are too "loyal" and distrusting of a "perceived" white party. The potential was still there to win them over for the DA before the next elections but they now have another alternative. I am still very disappointed in her outright statement against coalitions. Do not get me wrong - I have the utmost respect for this woman - she is Iron!

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-18 21:45

      It's not upholstery. It's a court jester's cap.

      craven.luyt - 2013-02-18 22:02

      Anybody who seriously supports Zumpie over this lady has rocks in their head. Education makes her powerful and Zumpie weak.

      herman.burger.5 - 2013-02-18 22:52

      I guess Irukandji prefers leopard skins and knob kieries dancing around a pap pot in the bushes?

  • aaliyha.ceresa - 2013-02-18 21:25

    What on earth is this old lady hopeing for ?? We already have helen zila !! Gosh do something else ...really boring.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-18 21:32

      This old lady has been one of the fiercest critics of the ANC - she is a highly intellectual individual who understands politics better than most. Humbly said, that makes her a worthy role player in our country.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-18 21:47

      Irukandji, interesting statement. I gather you are then in politics:-)

      Sasha D - 2013-02-18 22:54


      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-19 10:01

      Irukandji, Mandela and Mbeki are both intellectuals; it's only Zuma who's somewhat challenged. And see the dreadful impact Zuma's having on our country.

      silenta.solly - 2013-02-19 10:45

      hahahaha Christelle that was a good one, no come back from Irukandji

  • musamoyo2004 - 2013-02-18 21:32

    The ANC needs to do something about this old mama,this country is coming from far,blood was lost for this country to be were it is n you come here w that tendency.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-18 21:41

      What do you think she is doing wrong - or planning on doing wrong to hurt the people of the country?

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-19 10:02

      What tendency, Musa?

  • brian.dlamini - 2013-02-18 21:32

    If she really knows the South African people, she'll know it's less than 30% who have Internet access (cellphone or broadband) yet alone social media. Most the voting population don't know this platform.. But good luck to her atleast she's not an armchair critic like some of us

      wayne.vandriel - 2013-02-18 21:40

      Which is probably why she said they will be going from township to township, village to village...?

      ayanda.mlungwana.1 - 2013-02-18 21:40

      Brian, i dont know if you know the recent study which shows that, actually the poor in the country have access to internent, poor people are on social media. Do you know SA Sir?

      lawrence.sathekge - 2013-02-18 21:46

      You're scared, an alternative has now beein provided, let the games begin, the world is changing so fast, ppl have internets and you'll be shocked if u still believe that kinda crap, if u refuse to accept change n simply continue with your old ways others will see the opportunity and use it, ask the greatest Swiss watch maker, it was forced into retrenchment because someone else so an opportunity to make digital watches and someone who thought we're too powerful sat back and said Our business is Analog watches and guess what the results was, nothing right?, wrong they retrenched their emplyees because the market was taken up by the competitor!!!

      halla.makondo - 2013-02-19 06:53

      I dnt knw whch 30% is he referin to. If himself might be havin 300% of internet acces.

  • xoli.mbambo - 2013-02-18 21:33

    Well come to the world of politics Homewrecker .

  • bosepa.bjampja - 2013-02-18 21:33

    I heard that OSCAR PISTORIUS goes to fishing with a gun. when all fails, he shoots at the water violently.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-18 21:50

      Go and play somewhere else please! This is for grown-ups!!!

      WILDSBOK - 2013-02-18 22:07

      Dumb ass

  • ferdi.preller - 2013-02-18 21:41

    Oscar not in the news? Yeeeeaaaaaa! Thank you!

  • womba.wonder - 2013-02-18 21:44

    Huge blunder calling it "A gang". What on earth is a "political platform" if it isn't a political party? Is there a difference? Off to a terrible start.

      lawrence.sathekge - 2013-02-18 21:49

      I don't matter whether u understand what that is, fact is the machine is oiled and humming...

  • Ntombenhlez - 2013-02-18 21:50

    I like it when she says, she is not a joiner, and her party is not to waste time by opposing, but they are building SA....this is promising...Viva Mamphele Ramphele Viva. The thing is I luv my party and I am loyal member. so u a going to work hard to convince others who a like me. I have seen complaining about a lot that need to be corrected, I cant wait to hear your suggestions...

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-02-18 21:51

    A reliable source just reveal that Julius Malela is A gang active member and he will be A gang spoke person if not Deputy president.

  • tuscartau.tau - 2013-02-18 21:52

    Time for change.South Africa is ready/prepared for a woman president.Mamphele for president....

  • fdalana - 2013-02-18 21:52

    only if wish she knew how shortsighted many South Africans are.

  • Mamokwee Rathipa - 2013-02-18 21:53

    Thumps Up!

  • leko.dada1 - 2013-02-18 21:55

    Bye~bye past (ANC) and hello future...

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-18 21:55

    I like her already, she has my vote for sure

  • irvin.mkhari - 2013-02-18 22:01

    this country is very funny,newly formed political party Agang SA formed by business woman named rampele.

  • vince.booys - 2013-02-18 22:07

    This oldie must please go into the sunset.

  • drew.delmo7 - 2013-02-18 22:12

    The people on this chat bashing Dr Ramphele are clearly the corrupt people threatened with exposure hoping for the extension of Zim-style plundering. The hope we are all clinging to is a South Africa that aspires to quality education, hard work and upliftment for ALL. And if you think she's saying no to coalitions, it's early days, I have a good feeling about this...

  • magda.coetzee3 - 2013-02-18 22:16

    This is the ABSOLUTE which is required to up hold/preserve our country which has fallen ALMOST beyond repair, I applaud you - unite the country and bring back our lovely caring people, sharing in the joy of life, each one just where God has put him/her, TOGETHER being South Africa with our awesome heritage, our awesome people: in 2009, we have toured with three Americans running a series of informational symposiums addressing our all medical schools bringing the much needed overseas expertise on a rare genetic condition "Williams Syndrome" to all our medici MAKING A DIFFERENCE in the life's of those who have blessed being extraordinary gifted but also uniquely challenged: THESE AMERICANS WERE AMAZED AT THE GOODWILL BETWEEN OUR PEOPLE ON THE STREETS, TOURING CAPE TOWN ALL ROUND FROM SEA POINT TO HOUTBAY AND THE INFORMAL SETTLEMENT AND ALL THE WAY UP TABLE MOUNTAIN: South Africa, you have done your country proud AND WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THAT POINT WHERE WE ALL BELONG TO THE SAME NATION, ready to built versus the destruction we have had to live with in recent years.

  • blackdeli - 2013-02-18 22:27

    Wow! She's such a smart lady. Leadership without consultation leads to failure and disappointment. She starting from basics. Doing consultations. I love this woman.

  • jungleboy073 - 2013-02-18 22:35

    With that table cloth on her head the A N C should be shaking in their boots.

  • mandla.nkunzie - 2013-02-18 22:39

    Eish! *thinking* u got a friend invite from Ramphela Do u accept Julius Hahahaha!

  • edwincodesag.seleke - 2013-02-18 22:44

    To this party or platform whatever it is, is just gonna be like Cope, bitter loser opening their new party, where do u think this Mma is gonna get her A-Team if is not those who lost in Mangaung.......Mmmmmm.....let's wait and see if this platform is not gonna be a platform for power hungry politicians.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2013-02-18 23:00

      Please remind me what did she lose? Just because you want something to be (i.e. you want this party to be just like Cope) does not make it true.

  • lizzie.maelane - 2013-02-18 22:45

    Time for all creatives and thinkers: designers, artists, barista's, winemakers, hippies, surfers, writers, researchers, investment bankers, traders, programmers, entrepreneurs, teachers, lecturers and the like to come out of our neutral, don't-want-to-be-involved-in-politics shells and contribute to a movement that promotes national change through individual initiative. It's already been happening. Now there's just a platform to spread these efforts far and wide. AGANG SA!

      mahlokwa.mokwena - 2013-02-19 13:54

      Amen to that!!

  • thabo.manganye - 2013-02-18 22:52

    In South Africa social media is a platform mainly congested with teenagers thus those that she is targeting are illegible voters, you win the voters by holding rallies, having enough $oney to fuel to travel across the country . People here are far behind the americans so that kind of an idea will mean the demise of the party before it even sees the light of the day, hope your party will not be made out of recycled dead wood, I mean what good is a new party with old unwanted people e.g Julius

  • Ntando Snr Qobi - 2013-02-18 22:53

    i like her strategies already, get citizen involve, not these hidden agendas we've been experiencing for as long as i can remember, maybe its about time we practice what we call a rainbow nation

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2013-02-18 23:10

    Good intentions but alas that name. I am Agang member and we are going to 'overpower' the ANC mobsters.

  • KUSTAMK - 2013-02-18 23:26

    "We are going to work with everybody who shares that dream. Spending time and energy opposing others is not the way to build a dream." - Where was she when we most needed her, 1994? But I must say its not to late, "we got your back mama", says South African Youth.

  • fran.greening1 - 2013-02-19 00:33

    What I don't understand is why you are not being very vocal about Education in our country. Don't you see it.? A better Education means a better life for every child in this country...they will learn to be strong in mind and build a better future for their children. No more violence. It solves NOTHING.!!

  • AntonB - 2013-02-19 00:45

    As respected a social commentator as she may be, I don't really see that she will achieve much as a politician. We are not in the business of opposing... - say what?!? I don't think she understands the harsh political environment that she is entering and I don't think she has what it takes to brink her dreams of building to realization. In fact, I think it was particularly unwise of her to not join one of the opposition parties that have good values (and there are a few), because she only causes a further splintering in opposition. And that hampers the effective working of democracy. Furthermore, her party will gain support primarily because of her persona. But by the time it may have grown to a big enough size to compete, she may be too old. If she joined a competitive opposition party today with established values and voter base, her persona may help that party grow quickly to provide genuine tough oppostion faster than with her own party platform. And this party platform is way too vague a concept and it only wastes time. We can't afford to waste time any more in South Africa. Either you're in it to win it or you should leave it to the parties that have themselves figured out by know and know what they want to acchieve. Her party already starts with an identity crises.

      AntonB - 2013-02-19 00:54

      Appologies to the spelling errors, I mean to say ...that have themselves figured out by now and know what they want to achieve... And the the post doesn't show any inverted commas either, so some people may not see my true feeling on the matter as I could not express it in the way I wanted to.

  • solomon.shingange.9 - 2013-02-19 05:33

    You have my vote. Go ahead then.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2013-02-19 06:37

    At the moment Mamphela is facing a difficult tusk of convincing people to join her nd the moment she is not clear wt she wants to d and she sing the very same song of opposition parties.

  • Bongiwe Bongie Mabongz Dlutu - 2013-02-19 08:12

    The only presidend who succeded using social media is 'Barack Obama'...lets hope everythn will go nicely for this lady too....DA,ANC,COPE YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED

  • Kagiso Thoka - 2013-02-19 08:34

    She definitely has my support. I believe that the best way to come out of this ANC inflicted crisis is through public consultation rather than creating her own policies. The name she has chosen should not be important at this stage but at a later stage should be changed to represent all South Africans. I see her party as a supervisor of the change that is wanted by the country and that is what we need. The black and white days are gone now. We should be focussing on more serious issues that are happening. The current government bases almost every decision on racial inequality and this is appealing to the uneducated, this is the beginning of a battle to educate the masses and make our own change. We clearly cannot rely on people who make the same excuse for everything.

  • michael.j.anderson.144 - 2013-02-19 13:41

    you and your party are just like the ANC: STUPID BEYOND BELIEF. If you're using Social Media as the spearhead of your campaign, you've lost before you've begun. You CAN multiply your troops on Social Media, sister, but most of your constituents cant use computers, or don't have access. There's the chunk of SA's unskilled labour force votes gone. About 60% of SA cellphone users can access MXit at most. And about 40% of these MXit users are under voting age. Roughly 80% of those who do have access to Social Media (computers and internet access) and who own smart phones vote for the DA. Another epic fail brought to you by the ANC, and those who used to be in the ANC. Another COPE.

  • pierrelouis.lemercier - 2013-02-20 17:03

    Congratulation Dr Ramphele because it needs some courage to launch an opposition party, knowing that the ANC will try to shred it in pieces by many nasty means. It is hoped that Agang SA will recognise that the only way to "put back people in the centre" will be to review the economic system" because the later sets in fact businesses in the centre. Hopefully also Agang SA will base this new system around "localisation" of production for local people, with local resources for the creation of local wealth. An article was published in the Weekend Post of PE on the 09/02/13. Regards PL Lemercier - Transition Network PE

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