The President of the African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa called on the newly elected leadership of the party in the Eastern Cape to address the problem of extreme poverty.
Ramaphosa made a closing remarks ANCProvincial Election Conference in East London on Monday.
Oscar Mabuyan was re-elected chairman of the party’s province after defeating his rival, MEC Public Works Babalo Madikisel, by 812 votes to 662.
Among the other delegates elected to the top five were Mlungisi Mwoka, who was elected deputy chairman; Lulama Ngkukiatobi was elected secretary of the province; Elena August elected Deputy Provincial Secretary; and Zalil Williams elected provincial treasurer.
Ramaphosa told the ANC leadership and delegates that only they can lift the Eastern Cape out of poverty and the creation of new jobs should be the focus of new party leaders.
“We need to make greater use of the province’s strengths in sectors such as tourism, agriculture and agro-processing, as well as in areas such as the automotive sector, to increase employment.”
“This province is endowed with many comparative advantages and has a number of industries that need to be used to create more jobs and lift people out of poverty,” Ramaphosa said.
The ANC president said the Eastern Cape along with the national government should also move at a faster pace to address the province’s poor and outdated infrastructure.
Ramaphosa said the party held a very successful conference, despite the fact that it was marred by a number of problems, including a court statement, threats to close the meeting and a stalemate over powers.
“As at all conferences, it had its flaws, and that is democracy. It gives you a number of things you may not have expected. ”
Ramaphosa said the conference was a major milestone for the ANC.
“It moves the whole upgrade process and the project forward. So we have laid a very strong stone in the foundation for other provincial conferences to go smoothly, but here to give us the opportunity to consolidate unity and the process of renewal. ”
Ramaphosa said the ANC is bigger than all its members and they should always put the interests of the organization above personal ones.
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