ANC to thrash out mine nationalisation policy

Mine nationalisation and the NDP will be discussed at the ANC's national policy conference on Tuesday.

Delegates attending the 2012 ANC National Policy Conference at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MIDRAND - Mine nationalisation and the National Development Plan (NDP) will take centre stage at the ANC's National Policy Conference on Tuesday.

Different groups are waiting to see how discussions will affect the economy, social policy and the country as a whole.

The conference was scheduled to start at 9AM at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg.

However, not all delegates were at the hall. Around 3,500 delegates made up of all party branches, national executive committee members, the ANC leagues, its alliance partners and business people will converge at the four-day conference.

President Jacob Zuma will give an opening address there before delegates meet in a session expected to continue for most of the morning.

Attendees will receive reports on organisational renewal, strategy and tactics, and the State's intervention in the mining sector documents.

Planning minister Trevor Manuel will also give a presentation on the NDP.

Business organisations have said the week is a crucial moment for the country and are keeping a very close eye on what happens at the conference.

Black Business Council General Secretary Sandile Zungu said: "We'd like to see the ANC becoming more friendly towards the growing economy."

For the mining sector in particular, it will be an interesting week as debates on mine nationalisation have dominated the agenda of the party's Youth League in recent months. But ANC policy head Jeff Radebe warned that no final policy decisions will be taken at the conference.

He said commissions will not vote on policy issues, but will rather try to reach consensus.

Meanwhile, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale on Tuesday said the conference should focus primarily on growing the economy.

He was one of the first delegates to arrive at the main hall on Tuesday.

The minister would not directly answer questions about whether he is running for ANC leader.

He said he was not running for anything and that he was not running away from anything.

Speaking at the ANC's Free State elective conference on Sunday, Zuma said delegates must discuss policy and nothing else this week.

The conference ends on Friday.