The 13th Provincial Conference of the ANC in Gauteng concluded with a bang – a call to action on behalf of all of our people by the newly elected Chairperson “go and serve the people in our communities.” While the conference took place over the three days, on the 20-22 July at the St George’s Hotel in Tshwane, the discussions in commissions and reports to plenary are evidence of months of work being brought to the fore.

While delegates poured over the very real challenges that this province faces, there were many green shoots identified by delegates in the work that the ANC had done. Some of these were highlighted in the Chairperson’s Opening Address.

“The people are believing in us once again. But if we make mistakes here in Gauteng, we get punished very quickly. We have a critical working class and significant middle strata that are watching our every move. Everyone must implement the decisions of the ANC. This party does not belong to the ANC alone, it belongs to the people of South Africa,” said Cde Makhura.

Just before he delivered the address, ANC President Cde Cyril Ramaphosa also spoke at the conference reminding delegates that unity was going to be paramount – if we want to win this province decisively in 2019. “We are leaders as we sit here and must demonstrate to our people that they can fall in love with the ANC once again. It is in our hands to restore the image of the ANC.”

Cde Ramaphosa also spoke about contestation and delegates deciding at conferences the teams that will lead the various structures – calling this a good thing. He told delegates and even those contesting the positions in the top five and the Provincial Executive Committee to let the  branches decide on who will work with who.

At the end of the conference mandates were achieved for the Rapid Land Release implemention, land issues, the creation of an ICT Fund, women and youth empowerment initiatives and much more. Ours now is the implementation of these resolutions so that we ensure that our people do experience that under the ANC, Gauteng is indeed a better place to live work and play.