Mantashe: We are ready for manifesto launch


African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has confirmed that all systems are in place for the party’s local government election manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Addressing the media at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday, Mantashe said the party has been humbled by the support shown during its representatives visiting areas in the Metro this past week, and that it expects to stadium to be filled to capacity when President Jacob Zuma delivers the keynote speech.

“In our interactions with our people, they continue to demonstrate their utmost confidence in the ANC, while acknowledging challenges faced in ANC strongholds and areas where the ANC did not perform well in the 2011 local government elections,” Mantashe said.

“The people speak confidently of change as a result of the work of the ANC government. We are satisfied with the turnaround the municipality has made following the National Executive Committee (NEC) intervention last year, [and] we are convinced that the people of Nelson Mandela would give the ANC renewed mandate on the August third to build on the work already done”.

Mantashe said around 1 000 buses and 600 taxis would ferry supporters from the various provinces to the stadium, and that an estimated 100 000 people are expected inside the stadium tomorrow.

“There will be strict access control around the stadium to ensure minimal disruption to residents and business. We don’t want the launch to pose a threat to businesses and residents,” he said.

Asked about the role of Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan as Executive Mayor during, ANC NEC member and Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokanyane said he was been interacting with communities on the topic of local governance, and that “he is deeply in action” with ministers.

Gates to the event open at 05h00 with the official programme set to start at 08h00.

CAPTION: ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe (middle) addresses the media on the party's manifesto launch in Nelson Mandela Bay tomorrow. Flanking him are Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokanyane (left) and ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane