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President Zuma to address ANC manifesto launch in KZN

The election battle in KwaZulu-Natal gains momentum on Sunday as the African National Congress (ANC) launches its provincial manifesto and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) its national manifesto.

President Jacob Zuma is to address the ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal launch at the Harry Gwala stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday afternoon.

KwaZulu-Natal is the ANC’s biggest stronghold but there are concerns that recent political developments in the province might reduce the ruling party’s electoral support at the August 3 municipal polls.

Some political observers are of the view that the recall of former Premier Senzo Mchunu and the recent sacking of his key allies in the provincial cabinet could negatively affect the ANC’s voter support ahead of municipal polls.

The ruling party is also battling to contain political killings which have so far claimed about eight of its senior members across KwaZulu-Natal.

Tension between the ANC and the leadership of the key ally the SACP, has also been cited as one of the major impediments for the ruling party’s efforts to strengthen its election campaign machinery.

Manifesto
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Councillors hold report back and feedback meetings with their communities.
Continue to alleviate unemployment through the Expanded Public Works programme.
Require Councillors to sign performance and accountability agreements.
Corruption/Accountability/Councillors
Local Economy
Municipalities must buy goods and services from these local businesses.
Work with traditional leaders to ensure communal land under the trusteeship of traditional leaders is accessible and available for development and economic growth.
Land
Ensure that all communities participate in municipal programmes and activities and are part of governing their communities and municipalities.
Housing and settlement
Invest in the upgrading and integration of informal settlements to further improve the quality of life.
Rehabilitate, refurbish and replace  aging infrastructure, and also improve transport, roads and bridges across municipalities.
Prioritise sports and recreational facilities as part of the municipal infrastructure programmes.
Others
Intensify cleaning campaigns in towns and cities and increase the number of households with access to refuse removal, in the next five years.
Ensure that clinics are built and prepared for the implementation of the National Health Insurance.
Traders must be known and must be registered, and this sector must provide opportunities for local youth.
Collaborate with farmers to create better working and living conditions for farm workers.
Prevent municipal officials and Councillors and their immediate family members from doing business with municipalities.

// ANC’s provincial chairman Sihle Zikalala will deliver his maiden speech at the party’s election manifesto launch event.

Meanwhile, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi will be the main speaker at his party’s national manifesto launch at Umlazi south of Durban to boost its bid to reclaim 19 hung municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.

The IFP lost support in the 2011 polls due to the formation of the NFP as a break-away party. Several councils in KZN are now controlled by ANC-NFP coalitions.

The IFP‘s Head of Election Campaign, Albert Mncwango says they hope to reclaim 19 hung municipalities in the province and that even the Ethekwini Metro could be in the balance.

“During the 2011 elections, the party was going through disappointing phase where we were facing divisions that resulted in the formation of the NFP. ”

“Now in terms of our strategy we are targeting those 19 municipalities to actually win them over. We are also looking at being the king makers here in Durban Metro because by the look of things here in Durban metro it seemed that no outright winner will emerge here.”

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