[LIVE BLOG] #ANCManifesto Ramaphosa: Go and register to vote

As the ANC celebrates its 107th birthday and launches its manifesto, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to give the party another chance to govern.

[WATCH LIVE] The ANC 2019 election manifesto launch and 107th birthday celebrations:

"Let's go and vote for the ANC. Vote ANC! Amandlaaa!" Ramaphosa says.

President Ramaphosa calls on South Africans to register to vote, especially young people.

“All ANC members – indeed, all South Africans – should strive to emulate the example of selfless service and dedication set by these great leaders.” The president says.

Ramaphosa says the Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe will be bestowed posthumously on:
• Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,
• Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu,
• Ahmed Timol and
• Charlotte Maxeke.

We dip our banner in honour of giants and stalwarts such as Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Mendi Msimang, Agnes Msimang, Edna Molewa, George Chaane, Hugh Masekela, Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, Zola Skweyiya, Eric Mtshali, Moss Chikane, Billy Modise, Archie Sibeko, Joyce Mashamba, Duma Ndleleni, Eddie Funde, George Nene, Reverend Chris Wessels, Phillemon Moletsane, Khabisi Mosunkutu, Connie Bapela, Stephen Gawe, Buyiswa Fazzie, John Ncinane, Galo Veto, Fezeka Loliwe, Flip Potgieter, Trudy Thomas, Sipho Khohlakala, Monde Dakuse, Ndibulele Nzamela, Mzimasi Giwu, Ndumiso Batali, Mandla Makupula, Nalibongwe Yokwe, Themba Kiro Kana, Sipho Mbikwana, Mzimela Cletus, Andy Sefotlhelo, Paseka Machebela, Morwesi Diswai, Nancy Khunou and others.

Rmaphosa says: “We will work more diligently to ensure that factionalism, gatekeeping, patronage and other deviant practices are eradicated.” 

He says the list of people to represent the ANC will be released soon. 

"Vote ANC! Now is the time." Ramaphosa declares.

The president now talks about the importance of the unity of the ANC...

Ramaphosa calls on all men to stand up, literally, against gender based violence.

"The ANC fully supports the calls for stricter bail conditions and harsher sentences for perpetrators of gender based violence and sexual assault." Ramaphosa says.

The president says the National Health Insurance will be proof of solidarity. 

A screengrab of the ANCWL.

"Free education is now being implemented." He says

The president says free education will be expanded...

The president congratulates the matric class of 2018. "We thank you for your hard work."

"We are saying civil servants, stop doing business with the state."

Ramaphosa urges civil servants to work for the people...

Ramaphosa says the government will reduce the price of data.

Ramaphosa says the party has realised its mistakes...

"This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the achievement of democracy." Ramaphosa says. 

"We are here to celebrate the birth of the ANC..."

Ramaphosa now greets former presidents, he greets Zuma and the crowd cheers loudly.

Ramaphosa starts his address with "Amandlaaa!"

MK vets now carry the cake up to the stage

Ramaphosa will speak in a few moments. Mantashe says "The buffalo must stand now."

Nzimande condemns political killings.

Nzimande says down with labour brokers down.

The SACP's Blade Nzimande now takes the stage. "Viva ANC Viva! Viva SCAP viva!" He says.

This is Zingiswa Losi's maiden address  at an ANC January 8 Celebrations. “We will go from corner to corner making sure the ANC wins elections. We don’t have any other party we trust in as workers.”

Cosatu's representative now gives a message of support...

"We're going door-to-door and village by village to ensure that the ANC remains victorious." Sihle Zikalala said.

He says today is a progressive day.

Zikalala greets and praises the ANC leadership and the tripartite alliance...

Sihle Zikalala is on the stage now...

The pastor declares that SA will vote for ANC

Prayers have included Ramaphosa's presidency, former leaders, South Africa and the departed. 

The interfaith prayers continue...

The ANC president is facing the daunting task of reviving the party's performance at the polls, following consecutive declines.

President Cyril Ramaphosa looking ready for the elections manifesto. Picture: Supplied.

People are still arriving...

Umfundisi, the priest now takes the mic to lead the programme in prayer...

"In South Africa our landddddddddddd!"

"And united we shall stand!"

A choir is about to lead the crowd with the national anthem then the AU anthem... "Nkosi sikelel' Afrika ..."
Mantashe urges people to stand up for the national anthem. 

Opening the programme today is Gwede Mantashe: 

ANC supporters welcome the president:

The stadium is now full.

Mpacanga dancers are entertaining the crowd.

ANC supporters can be seen dancing and singing to songs in celebration of the party. Credit: Sthembiso Zulu/EWN.

Thousands of ANC supporters are already seated inside the Moses Mabhida Stadium

[IN PICTURES] The ANC's leaders. Credit: EWN and ANC Twitter page.

Those strong winds have delayed the programme:

The only former president attending today's event is Zuma:

"We have also placed economic growth and job creation at the centre of efforts..." Ramaphosa said.

On Friday evening, Ramaphosa said the election manifesto will address challenges the country has faced over the last five years.

The president was meant to start speaking at 10:00 but the time has been moved to 11:00 because of strong winds...

#FillUpMosesMabhida No it's not a music festival, it's the ANC's elections manifesto launch and 107th birthday celebrations: 

We now cross live to Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. We have reporters Clement Manyathela, Ziyanda Ngcobo and multimedia reporter Sthembiso Zulu. We got you! 

Magashule said: “Our manifesto will respond to the challenges of crime, unemployment, inequality, poverty, corruption and will reignite the economy and take advantage of digitalisation.”

On Friday, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said Ramaphosa’s launch of the elections manifesto will usher in a new era of hope for South Africa.

The ruling party has been marred by scandals of corruption, looting, state capture, service delivery protests... So what will the manifesto address?

We've said enough about unity for now, let's move on to the birthday celebrations and the manifesto launch...

No reports formed against the president and former president would prosper, they cut cake together! Picture: EWN.

The 'Sunday Times had reported that Ramaphosa would meet with the former president and confront him about a number of issues, including his latest views on Twitter about land reform, the state capture commission and his divisive ways.

President Ramaphosa has been preaching unity, unity and unity. He said on Monday that unity is the only way the country will be able to recover from the brink of collapse faced by institutions over the past nine years.

The ruling party has been on its #ThumaMina (send me) mission the whole week. It has been all hands on deck with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC top six, the Cabinet going door-to-door to campaign in KwaZulu-Natal.

So what has been happening? What do we know?

Good morning and welcome to EWN's live blog about the African National Congress (ANC)'s 107th birthday celebrations and election manifesto launch. Stay with us for rolling updates.