The official takeoff of the African National Congress's 2019 election campaign has been set and President Cyril Ramaphosa didn't waste time in outlining the ANC's ambitions. Courtesy #DStv403
DURBAN - Some of the key messages of the ANC's election manifesto delivered by party president Cyril Ramaphosa are growing the economy and creating jobs.
The official take-off of the African National Congress's 2019 election campaign has been set and Ramaphosa didn't waste time in outlining the ANC's ambitions.
On the backdrop of joblessness and an ailing economy, Ramaphosa led the promise of the oldest liberation movement to the electorate.
"The biggest challenge we have is to grow our economy, that is the most pressing challenge that our country faces at this moment,” Ramaphosa said.
“We have a plan to make sure that investments happen.
“Let’s grow the economy so that all may have decent jobs, so that the quality of life can go up."
There is, yet again, the promise of aiding small businesses through state procurement and collaboration with the private sector.
"We will allocate 30% procurement to small businesses and we will utilize government procurement that we do benefit SMME's, especially those that operate in townships and rural areas," Ramaphosa told a packed Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Land reform is also insight as the National Assembly resolved to amend Section 25 of the Constitution.
Land Expropriation Without Compensation was the ANC's 54th National Conference resolution and now it's part of the governing party's 2019 Election Manifesto.
"We will work within the confines of the constitutions to roll out land to the people,” Ramaphosa said.
“We are pushing for the Individual ownership of the of land for the people."
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South Africa's socio-economic inequalities persist, as ordinary people battle increasing unemployment, poor service delivery, and an ailing health system among others and with the election season upon us, the sight of politicians crisscrossing the length of breath of the country, armed with their promises, will also increasingly become a familiar sight.