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Final hours of ANC Policy Conference

The ANC Policy Conference is in its final few hours.

ANC Policy Conference 2012

MIDRAND - African National Congress (ANC) delegates at the party's 2012 Policy Conference have 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.

But delegates are still discussing the crucial issue of mine nationalisation on the final day of its four-day policy conference.

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

Ealier 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."

Meanwhile, delegates are still debating the issue of mine nationalisation, a policy issue which has been championed by the ANC Youth League.

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