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Voter registration more important than celebrations

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“The voter registration is important for the overwhelming elections victory for the ANC and requires all hands on deck.”

File photo: African News Agency (ANA)

THE ANC in Northern Cape has postponed its Provincial Manifesto Launch and the 107 Anniversary celebrations scheduled to take place on January 19, to February 2.

ANC provincial secretary, Deshi Ngxanga, said yesterday that it was decided to postpone the two events because of the voter registration weekend which takes place on January 26 and 27.

“We are of the view that more work needs to be done to ensure that we get more people out to register as this is the final voter registration weekend,” Ngxanga said.

“The voter registration is important for the overwhelming elections victory for the ANC and requires all hands on deck.”

He called on all branches in the Province to ensure that all those who were still unregistered to register.

Meanwhile, nationally, access to quality education, land expropriation without compensation, poverty, a collapsing healthcare system, jobs and the escalating cost of living are some of the issues that have been recurring this week as the ANC gears up for its manifesto launch tomorrow.

This week, ANC leaders such as Cyril Ramaphosa, Ace Magashule and David Mabuza have been on the campaign trail in KwaZulu-Natal, trying to woo voters in a province that is widely perceived as being pro former President Jacob Zuma.

This week’s 107th ANC birthday celebrations, which also coincide with the national and provincial elections taking place in the next few months, punted unity as a prevailing narrative with Ramaphosa going so far as to share the stage with his predecessor, praising his history and their contributions in the fight against apartheid and ushering in the democratic era under the leadership of struggle icon, Nelson Mandela.

On Tuesday, the ANC reported that it had made huge strides in ensuring that it delivers on its promise to provide free, quality education for many young people in SA who face financial difficulties accessing mainstream tertiary institutions.

According to Ramaphosa, the ANC has massively expanded access to education for many South Africans across the board.

“As much as improvements have been made in certain areas, many young people are still at the margins of quality access to education as many schools in rural areas continue to function without basic necessities such as classrooms, text books and toilets,” he said.