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Zuma closes ANC Policy Conference

President Jacob Zuma on Friday closed ANC Policy Conference by discussing state intervention in mining

ANC President Jacob Zuma at the party's policy conference in Midrand on 26 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
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MIDRAND - President Jacob Zuma on Friday closed the African National Congress (ANC)’s 2012 Policy Conference by discussing greater state intervention in the mining sector.


But Zuma did not say the state should take over mines that are run privately. 

 He was addressing delegates at the conference in the Gallagher Estate in Midrand, south of Johannesburg following what is believed to have been a heated and extended debate on nationalisation and land reform.

Zuma said the mining sector should have a developmental impact and should create jobs.

He said delegates agreed there was a need for radical and economic transformation.

"The conference resolved that the interventions required to speed up change can be understood as marking the second phase of the transition to a national democratic society, instead of the second transition proposed by the national executive committee.”

The President said the second phase will require the renewal of the ANC.

Earlier, delegates made decisions on a number of issues in its agenda this year, including ways to curb the teachers strike.

The party decided to retain separate local government elections and to create new ways to stop teachers’ strikes. 

It will also put an end to the out-sourcing of hospital services and to work towards fifty-fifty percent gender parity in the private sector.

TEACHERS AND SALARY DISPUTES

 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said they wanted to create a new body that will determine salaries for teachers. 

Mkhize denied that they capitulated the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) on the issue of making education an essential service. 

“It means that body would be the one everybody defers to in relation to the remunerative packages of the professionals. It never arises that were have to go and bargain.”

STATE OF HEALTH

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said laundry, security and cleaning services in hospitals must be brought back in house, meaning government should handle the services itself. 

The delegates resolved that out-sourcing will be put to an end. 

GENDER EQUALITY 

The party’s Gender Commission said polygamy oppressed woman. 

The commission said they want a 50/50 gender split in the private sector.

Member of the commission Hlengiwe Mkhize said delegates wanted to make sure that women have 50 percent of the power in the ANC.

“They made reference to practices within our own organisation were women, as a trend, tend to be deputies.”

Mkhize said they were working on ‘zebra principle’ to address the matter.

The commission said it is prepared to live with people in the ANC who practice polygamy even though it rejected it. 

PROVINCE REDUCTION

Earlier on Friday, members of the legislature and governance commission recommended that a panel of experts should be appointed to look at the demarcation of provinces and whether they should be reduced.

It proposed that the ANC must review and reduce the number of provinces in the country.

Chairperson of the commission Nomaindia Mfeketo said a panel must be appointed to look at the issue.

“This cannot be done through a thumb suck. The President needs to appoint a commission of people with expertise to deliberate on how to demarcate the country.”

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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