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NEC lekgotla discusses economy, jobs

The ANC is focusing on the state of the economy and job creation at its NEC lekgotla.

File: The ANC says it focussed on the state of the economy and what it would take to create jobs at its NEC lekgotla on 31 January 2013. Picture:  Taurai Maduna/EWN

PRETORIA - The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) lekgotla on Thursday discussed the state of the economy and the issue of job creation.

The party's top brass also discussed the policies government would follow in 2013.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said they have already discussed what the economy could do this year.

He said they were briefed on the financial outlook for 2013.

"We were given a sense of what is possible and what is not possible in terms of the budget."

NEC meetings usually set the tone for the Cabinet lekgotla and the president's State of the Nation Address.

Mantashe added the party wanted to change its focus for 2013, after backing the National Development Plan at the ANC's December national elective conference in Mangaung.

The plan aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.

"We are zooming into practical interventions. The emphasis is on jobs, jobs and jobs."

But Mantashe said that did not mean the fight against crime, or the focus on health and education, would change.