A possible alternative to the ANC

As questions are raised about its support base, more questions arise over a possible alternative to the ANC.

Thousands of ANC supporters flocked to the Mbombela stadium in Mbombela, Mpumalanga on 11 January 2014 for the presentation of the ANC's 2014 election manifesto. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As questions are being raised about the African National Congress (ANC)'s support base ahead of the 2014 General Elections, concerns are also being raised about a viable alternative to the ruling party.

The ANC launched its election manifest o at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga on Saturday, a province considered to be an ANC base.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says even if people aren't happy with the ruling party, they may still vote for the ANC.

"The message that the ANC will bring will quite massively convince and reassure its traditional base. Even if some of those constituencies are not happy with some of the leaders, they may still remain with the ANC brand."

During President Jacob Zuma election manifesto address, he announced that a new tender board will be established to deal with tenders in all spheres of government to stop corruption.

Zuma said the ruling party would change the entire tender system because it's been causing too many problems.

"A central tender board with representation of stakeholders will be established to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government."

The president added the National Health Insurance Scheme will make sure everyone gets proper health care and that the ANC would will intervene in schools to make sure they improve.

He said schools in South Africa must improve.

"The ANC will intervene through curriculum and assessment policies to improve performance in schools."

Zuma also promised millions of jobs over the next five years.