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Konopa: Letter by Chairperson What The Year of Mandela should mean to South Africans in general and ANC members in particular

KONOPA: Letter by Provincial Chairperson Supra Mahumapelo

As the African National Congress (ANC) we have through the January 8 Statement delivered by our President, Cde Cyril Ramaphosa, declared 2018 The Year of Nelson Mandela under the theme: "100 years of Nelson Mandela: The year of unity, renewal and jobs". 

Through this, we have professed that our focal tasks for this year are anchored on Organisational Unity, Renewal and Job creation.

As ANC in Bokone Bophirima, we will do an all-round infensification of the Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal (RHR), a programme we’ve been implementing for the past few years.

In this regard, we will continue with our campaigns on farms and small dorpies to bridge the colour divide as part of building a non-racial South Africa. This will include our reconciliation efforts in Coligny and other small dorpies that are largely surrounded by farms. 

We will work with the people of Marikana to implement RHR in there, with the main objective being to bring about lasting peace and development.

Disputes among traditional leaders, royal families and communities will also receive special attention
Matters related to poor service delivery will also be key to realising Mandela's dream of lifting the poor out of poverty

The ANC will strengthen all the branches and street committees as part of implementing the M-Plan as conceptualized by President Mandela against the apartheid system. 

We will build unity, healing and renewal by ensuring that all branches have this as a compulsory item in all their monthly meetings. Specific comrades who are known to be voicing their grievances through the media and the courts will be engaged through branches to resolve their problems. 

The private sector will be engaged to discuss ways of creating jobs, with a special focus on young people and to - among other things - adopt youth in their companies as part of imparting skills and experience. A database will be developed in this regard. 

The monthly Setsokotsane 10 by 10 Campaigns programme will be intensified with more participation by the private sector and the society in general.

As part of instilling discipline, members of the ANC will be discouraged from using the media to attack one another and their organization when there’s a difference of opinion. 

As a province we wish that the matters of mandate and accountability would be handled in a matured manner by the National Executive Committee (NEC), which leads us all. 

All things being equal, the President of the republic should be allowed to complete his term but have ANC President Ramaphosa – in his capacity as Deputy President of the country - delegated almost all the responsibilities of the Executive. This will create what one can characterise as a win-win situation and strengthen organisational unity of purpose. 

Cde Supra Mahumapelo is ANC Bokone Bophirima Provincial Chairperson