THE Eastern Cape ANC is pulling out all stops to ensure it regains lost ground as the party prepares for the 2016 local government elections.
This is clearly outlined in the agenda the party will table when it holds its first lekgotla following last month’s victory in the general elections.
The meeting scheduled for this afternoon at the Regent Hotel in East London has even set aside a commission to look at the party’s election programmes planned for the 2016 local government elections.
According to the agenda for the meeting, the commission will identify all credits which will work in the party’s favour, a category the party calls “the quick wins”. The commission will also be responsible for identifying service delivery “bottlenecks” and “incomplete projects” across all municipalities. The party will then table these projects as some of the government’s priorities for the first year in office during 2014-15.
ANC provincial spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane yesterday confirmed the party’s plan towards the 2016 elections will be central during this weekend’s discussions.
Senior party leaders such as Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel and Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will make presentations and form part of the discussions.
In mind is the highly contested Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, where the ANC only received 48.54% during last month’s national general elections. This comes as provincial DA leader Athol Trollip announced last month that the party plans to win the metro during the 2016 elections. The DA secured 41.15% in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
ANC national executive committee (NEC) deployees convenor Zizi Kodwa spent three days in Port Elizabeth last week, assisting the Nelson Mandela ANC regional executive committee craft a programme to deal with the party’s lost ground in the area.
President Jacob Zuma, during his state of the nation address on Tuesday night, announced that Amathole, O R Tambo, Alfred Nzo district municipalities as well as Lukhanji, Mbizana, Ntabankulu and Mbhashe local municipalities were part of national government’s priority areas.
Qoboshiyane said the meeting will outline the key focus of the ANC’s 2016 campaign and identify government’s priorities for the Premier Phumulo Masualle-led executive for the next year.
Masualle will table his state of the province address next Friday. — firstname.lastname@example.org