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South Africa: ANC committed to national development agenda - Ramaphosa

APA-Pretoria (South Africa)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged that the ruling party African National Congress (ANC) would make every effort to deliver on the promise of a progressive South Africa with improved people’s lives.

The president made the commitment Tuesday at the Ohlange Institute in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal, as he delivered the party’s annual 8 January statement to mark the ANC’s 107th birthday anniversary.

The statement outlines the ANC’s priorities for 2019 and serves as the lodestar for the work of government.

“We shall not rest until the sunshine that (ANC founding father) Langalibalele Dube spoke about, the sunshine of the new civilisation rises and shines upon our people.

“We shall not rest until we have built the national democratic society that the people of South Africa yearn for,” he declared, adding that Inanda was strategically chosen by the ANC to commemorate the day as it is Dube’s birthplace.

Ramaphosa said his party had returned to Inanda to visit Dube’s gravesite and report back to him on the progress made by the party. Several ANC bigwigs accompanied him, including former President Jacob Zuma, to the cemetery.

“I am one of the luckiest ANC presidents because I have two former presidents that are still alive whom, whenever I need anything to be said or to be done, I go to them for help,” Ramaphosa said.

Reflecting on the progress and achievements of the ruling party since 1994, Ramaphosa said since the ANC came into power, more homes have electricity, running water, access to health care and that three million houses have been built.

Despite this progress, he said, more needed to be done on education, land, gender equality, job creation and the economy.


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