ANC to convene at EL’s City Hall

Hundred of ANC delegates from all the party’s eight regions in the Eastern Cape will convene tomorrow at the East London City Hall for the provincial policy conference.

This in order to craft the province’s standing on ANC policies to be discussed at the national policy conference next weekend in Johannesburg.

In East London, a battle of ideas on various policy issues – ranging from organisational-oriented policies to state-related policies – will ensue.

The Saturday Dispatch spoke to at least six regions that appear to agree on matters of organisational renewal – in particular the proposed reduction of the party’s NEC to ensure quality not quantity.

The only contestation likely to unfold in this regard is by how much the 86-member highest decision-making body of the party should be cut.

Some members have proposed it goes down to 30 while many seem to agree it should be between 50 and 60.

Another area of agreement is social transformation, particularly health, where all regions agree that National Health Insurance which prioritises primary healthcare, is the future.

They however raised concerns about the pace within which the programme was being implemented.

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