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ANC gearing itself for manifesto launch and election campaign

19 February 2011

With the upcoming local government elections not far off, the African National Congress (ANC) has pulled all the stops in gearing up for the launch of its election manifesto and campaign taking place next Sunday (27 February 2011) at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, North West. ANC cadres serving on the organisation`s highest decision-making body – the National Executive Committee (NEC) as well as comrades serving on the newly-elected ANC North West Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) – have already been deployed to engage in mini rallies, door-to-door- work as well as walkabouts as part of a mass mobilisation build-up to the manifesto launch.

The ANC local government manifesto launch to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma at the 40 000 capacity Royal Bafokeng Stadium will also be attended by dignitaries who will include foreign diplomats, the business community, religious and traditional leaders. The ANC expects over 50 000 people, including supporters and members of our movement and its Alliance partners to converge at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium for the launch. In anticipation of a larger crowd attending the launch, plans for an overflow venue have been made to accommodate people at the adjacent sports ground opposite the stadium. Hundreds of buses will ferry people from various locations of the North West province – in particular – and from the entire country in general will.

A fund-raising gala dinner preceding the manifesto will be held on Saturday evening (26 February 2011) at the Sun City Superbowl, to launch the ANC local government election album. Musicians featuring in the ANC election album include such artists as Arthur, Chomee, Oskido, Professor, Chicco Twala, Deborah Fraser and Ihashe Elimhlophe – among others. We expect about 2000 people to attend the launch of our election album. They will include dignitaries such as NEC members, business, religious and traditional leaders, as well as artists and musicians from all over the country.

As we approach the launch of our election campaign next week, we are very happy and satisfied with work done by provinces in the candidates` list process, with regional lists conferences being finalised this weekend (19 – 20 February 2011).

The ANC and its Alliance partners will hold an Alliance Summit on the 24th and 25th February 2011, at the St George Hotel in Pretoria. In preparation for the Alliance Summit, an extended National Working Committee (NWC) meeting will be held this coming Monday (21 February 2011) at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

Issued by:
Jackson Mthembu
National Spokesperson

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