Friday, April 15, 2016

Nelson Mandela Bay is Black, Green and Gold Ahead of Local Government Manifesto Launch
14 April 2016

The city of Port Elizabeth is awash with green, gold and black - as the members, supporters and leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) continue to arrive in the city ahead of Saturday's Local Government Elections Manifesto Launch.

Members of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC), the leadership of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), ANC Women's League  (ANCWL) and MKMVA have arrived in Port Elizabeth to join those who have already been deployed to the province.

The ANC's mobilization machinery is in full swing as the organization's leadership blitz locations in and around the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) to encourage our people to attend Saturday's event at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Major roads, freeways and arteries in and around the city are emblazoned with the ANC's mobilization campaign posters - bearing the #SishodaNgawe campaign slogan.

This call to action that encourages all citizens to be active participants in building their country has featured prominently in social media conversations and talkbacks over the past two weeks.

According to Twitter aggregator Trendsmap #SishodaNgawe trended for several hours during both the past voter registration weekend and the previous voter registration weekend in March.

The popularity of the message of #SishodaNgawe on social media networks is an affirmation that the ANC's mass mobilization campaign ahead of the 2016 Manifesto Launch has garnered significant interest amongst young people, who are in the main the primary users of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

As the mobilization campaign moves gathers momentum ahead of Saturday's Local Government Election Manifesto launch - the ANC will be engaging with social and traditional media users to gauge their expectations from the 2016 Manifesto: as well as outlining the achievements by the ANC since the 2011 Local Government Elections Manifesto Launch. and be part of the conversation at #SishodaNgawe.

If you are in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro for the Manifesto Launch post your pictures using #NdimLo

Issued by

Zizi Kodwa
National Spokesperson
African National Congress

Khusela Sangoni 072 854 5707

State of readiness for the 2016 Local Government Elections Manifesto Launch

15 April 2016

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth will be a fitting setting for the launch of the African National Congress' 2016 Local Government Manifesto on Saturday, 16 April 2016. The province of the Eastern Cape occupies pride of place as the political home of the ANC and the epicenter in the struggle for freedom and justice. The ANC once again returns to this province, proud of the commendable work the ANC government has done in the region and confident and humbled by the overwhleming support the ANC continues to enjoy amongst the people of Nelson Mandela Bay.

Since the beginning of the week, supporters, members and leaders of the ANC have been involved in an intensive mobilisation campaign; talking to our people and encouraging them to form part of 100 000 people strong contingent expected at the Stadium on Saturday. In our interactions with our people, they continue to demonstrate their utmost confidence in the ANC while acknowledging weaknesses and challenges in some areas. This is both in ANC strongholds and in areas where the ANC did not perform well in the 2011 Local Elections or even the by-elections. The people are speaking confidently of the tangible change they have seen in their lives as a result of the work of the ANC government. We are satisfied with the turnaround that the municipality has witnessed following the NEC's intervention in the region last year. The ANC is convinced that the people of Nelson Mandela Metro will give the ANC a renewed mandate on 3rd August 2016 to build on the work that has already been done.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, which holds 46 000 people inside will be filled to capacity on Saturday as will be the overflow facilities. The Nelson Mandela Metro Region alone has more than 40 000 people confirmed to attend the Manifesto Rally with the balance of those expected, coming from the neighbouring regions in the province.

More than 1000 buses and 600 taxis will ferry supporters from across the province. Provinces of Free State, Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape are also expected to support the rally with each bringing about 10 busses.

There will be strict access control measures enforced around the stadium to ensure minimal disruption to residents and businesses around the area. Road closures will be in effect on Milner Avenue, Prince Alfred Road and Fettes Raod. Only residents and businesses operating in these areas will have access to these roads. Prohibited items at the stadium include firearms, dangerous weapons and alcohol as well as any T-shirt or placards that are insulting or divisive.

The gates of the stadium will open at 08h00 when the cultural programme will commence. Many of South Africa's most popular artists have confirmed their attendance including a variety of local artists chosen specifically to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Eastern Cape. Musicians from different genres will also be present including traditional, gospel, hip hop, dancers and DJ's.

The political programme starts at 10h00 with Interfaith Prayers, followed by Messages of Support from our Alliance Partners - the South African Communist Party (SACP), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) as well as South African National Civil Organisation (SANCO).

ANC President Comrade Jacob Zuma is expected to speak at 11h00.

Issued by
Gwede Mantashe
Secretary General
African National Congress

Zizi Kodwa 082 330 4910

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