ANC: 49% of key industries must be black-owned by 2030

The party's Gauteng branch held its 12th conference in Centurion at the weekend.

ANC senior leaders joined the party's Paul Mashatile on stage ahead of the  Gauteng ANC conference on 3 October 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says 49 percent of the province's key industries need to be owned by black people by the end of 2030.

The party held its 12th conference in Centurion at the weekend, where the transformation of the city's economy and the upgrading of township economies formed a central part of debates.

For the first time in the party's history, the provincial leadership was re-elected unopposed and provincial chairman Paul Mashatile says this will help them continue their transformation campaign.

Mashatile said ownership of key sectors extends beyond mining.

"I think the resolution says key industries so we will look at the entire values chain of industries that drive growth."

In the official declaration read out by provincial secretary Hope Papo, the ANC resolved government should invest heavily in upgrading education and health services in townships.

"We'll continue to build and modernise a developmental state that is professional, capable, activist and purpose driven."

Papo said their aim is to make Gauteng an economically inclusive province with a special focus on stimulating the township economy.

At the same time, the ANC in Gauteng has rejected e-tolling in its current form and says its members have resolved to ask the party's national leadership to implement a fuel levy instead.

The rejection of the controversial system happened while Gauteng Premier David Makhura's review panel continues hearing submissions on the system's viability.

Mashatile said over 1,000 delegates reached a consensus on e-tolls.

"We don't support e-tolling in its current form."

Makhura said the ANC's National Executive Committee will be consulted on the resolution before any decision is taken at government-level.

"It's an issue that should be managed by both national and provincial leadership."