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PEC Lekgotla statement

27 February 2018

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Northern Cape concluded its Lekgotla yesterday, 26 February2018, which was attended by all ANC leagues, Alliance Partners and other MDM formations in the province. The lekgotla set the tone for qualitative rebuilding of the ANC structures in the province and the strengthening of service delivery capacity at both local and provincial government. The lekgotla further made an assessment of the work done on the resolutions taken at the 2017 Mid-term PEC Lekgotla. This included the progress on work done since August 2017 up until January 2018 and crafted a programme of action that will guide and influence the work of the Northern Cape Provincial Government for the year 2018 and beyond. Which will be reflected in the delivery of the State of the Province Address on Wednesday 28 February 2018. The ANC in the province is of the view that much work must be done to strengthen our structures and build unity in the broader congress movement as the basis to recover the lost ground towards 2019 general election.
The lekgotla broke into four commissions and discussed in the main Organisational Renewal, Economic Transformation, Social Transformation as well as the Legislature and Governance.

The Lekgotla noted with great concern and disappoint, the extreme high rate of unemployment especially amongst young people in the province, which currently stands at 120 thousand young people who are without decent jobs. The Lekgotla therefore extensively deliberated on finding ways to address this disturbing scourge.
The Lekgotla resolved amongst others to introduce practical interventions, which includes:
• 30% Set aside for youth owned cooperatives and business enterprises of government procurement
• Artisan development programme which currently assists 40 young people per annum should be extended to at least 200 young people per year. This programme should be aligned with the Decades of Artisan initiative by DHET
• Youth training and placement within the hospitality industry
• The province need to leverage on the opportunities presented by improved business confidence
• Prioritise Public employment programmes, internships, job placements, youth entrepreneurship.
• Finalisation of the Provincial Youth Strategy
• Finalise the Provincial HRD/Skills development strategy
In line with the January 8 statement delivered by Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, in which he committed the ANC led Government to the creation of 3million job opportunities in the next three years, the ANC-led Provincial Government is totally committed to the reduction and ultimately the total eradication of youth unemployment in our province, to ensure that our young people enjoy a decent and productive livelihood

The Lekgotla was alarmed by the report it received from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, on the land audit, which states the unequal ownership patterns of land in the Northern Cape. The lekgotla is of the opinion that that expropriation of land without compensation should be among the key mechanisms available to government to give effect to land reform and distribution and in determining the mechanisms of implementation, we must ensure that we do not undermine the economy, or damage agricultural production or food security.
The Lekgotla further resolved that there must be a real sense of urgency when it comes to the land question, as well as development support to the land acquired.
The Lekgotla emphasised the fact that expropriation of land without compensation should be done in an orderly manner and within the ambit and precept of the law.

The Lekgotla welcomed the ANC–led Governments commitment to a fee free higher education system for the next three years. The Lekgotla highly appreciates the allocation of 52 Billion Rand to ensure that students from the poor, working class and those families who are unable to afford will be able to access tertiary education as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty in their respective families and improving their quality of lives.
The Lekgotla noted that there has been strides made in the effort to move the scholar transport program to the department of education, the Lekgotla resolved that the scholar transport function must be handed over to the Education Department by 01st April 2018 and that all associated challenges should be resolved.
The Lekgotla noted the non-movement with respect to the centralisation of bursaries and the continuation of giving loans as opposed to bursaries by the Premier’s education trust fund, the Lekgotla therefore resolved that the allocation of bursaries be centralised in the Office of the Premier by 01st April 2018.
The Lekgotla called for an urgent awareness campaign on the NHI in the Province.
The Lekgotla resolved that the recruitment of nurses in the province needs to happen annually without fail, this in an effort to address the shortage of nurses in the Province. 

The Lekgotla acknolwdeged the good work that has been done by the Wanya Tsotsi and resolved to capacitate the Community Policing Forum to ensure that it attracts skilled and committed individuals in the fight against crime. The Lekgotla further resolved that there should be continuous efforts to engage Wanya Tsotsi to affiliate to the Community Policing Forum.
In his opening and closing remarks, the chairperson of the ANC, Comrade Zamani Saul emphasised the fact that the ANC in the Northern Cape will focus on four key priority areas, as a means of building, reviving, stabilising and unifying the ANC in the Province, post the Colesberg Provincial Conference and the Nasrec National Conferences namely
• Building Unity within the ranks of the ANC in the Province.
• Building and Consolidating interface between the ANC as a Party and the Provincial Government,
• Fighting Corruption
• rebuilding the integrity of the organisation, and
• Cadre development.

Issued by the African National Congress- Northern Cape
Deshi Ngxanga
Provincial Secretary
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