‘Govt must be armed with young people’

Over 60% of South Africa’s population is the youth.

If the ANC is to be efficient in government and use it to change the lives of the majority of South Africa’s people it will have to have young people serving in it.

That’s according to a presentation by Ndumiso Mokako of the ANCYL.

He said the reason they want all state power positions to be occupied by young people is because they want to enable the ANC to “implement the correct policy positions of the ANC to the required people”.

He said this is because over 60% of the South African population were young people, making them the majority.

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Mokako told young councillors and Gert Sibande league regional leaders at their REC Lekgotla, in Badplaas over the weekend, that when they took that resolution at a national level for the 40% share of all was because they understood that the next elections in South Africa are not going to be won or lost on the delivery of water, RDP houses or electricity but on the party’s ability to respond to new challenges like transforming the economy, socio-economic transformation and employment.

He said young people were energetic and able to produce new ideas.

The lekgotla resolved they will now influence government to change the lives of the youth for the better.

“We accept the challenges confronting the movement in particular and young people in general, and further commit to give them urgent attention,” read their declaration.

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Gert Sibande branches to choose Trevor’s successor

The ANCYL is preparing for regional congresses.

The person who will fill Trevor Nkosi’s shoes will be chosen by branches, the league has said.

Branches will have a say, spokesman Thulasizwe Thomo said.

Nkosi, who holds two ANCYL top-5 positions, will relinquish one of them when the league convenes a regional elective congress in few months’ time.

013NEWS heard that the league made mention of preparations for a congress at its regional executive committee lekgotla in Badplaas over the weekend and they want it in September 2017.

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But the next leader of the ANCYL in one of Mpumalanga’s biggest regions will have, more than all, to have the blessings of ANC regional leaders that are aligned to Premier David Mabuza, who of late has been positioning himself as the light-house of an ANC that ought to unite if it still wants to be relevant and see the day.

Nkosi was elected the deputy provincial chairman of the Mpumalanga ANCYl in mid-2015 and has also been holding the position of Gert Sibande league regional chairman.

In terms of party rules, a member may not hold a position in the region and province at once.

Thomo said they do not discuss names but branches will decide who becomes the next leader.

“Branches will do that job,” he said.

“We have opened the ANCYL to all people, even those we don’t agree with, so everyone will have that chance,” he said.

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ANCYL fires shots at Muzi Chirwa opponents

The league says they have heard of ‘secret meetings’ discussing plans to challenge Muzi Chirwa’s bid to return to power.

The ANCYL in the Gert Sibande region has fired its first salvo at Muzi Chirwa’s potential challengers, saying that those who want to contest the man should do so in broad day-light.

Chirwa is the chairman of the ANC in the Gert Sibande region.

He is expected to be elected uncontested when the region convenes its elective congress in no time after all branches nominated him to come lead for yet another term.

Chirwa’s nomination by all Gert Sibande branches comes after a special regional general council that recommended that he retain his post as well as Audrey Maleka, as chairman and secretary respectively.

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“We however note with disappointments the caucuses convening during night hours,” league regional spokesman Thulasizwe Thomo said in a statement this  week.

Without mentioning the names of those convening these ‘night hours’ meetings, Thomo charged that they are “dark forces” and were “masquerading as former ANC, ANCYL leaders and others are camouflaged with colours of our alliance partners”.

“Their attempts to destabilise the region for their own narrow factional battles will never see a day light, particularly not in our life time,” charged Thomo on Wednesday.

“We shall fight with all that we have in defending the ANC regional leadership collective and the national democratic revolution,” he said.

The region has not yet announced the date of the conference. ANC regional spokesman Sabelo Sikhakhane said they were still waiting for upper structures to tell them when they should convene a congress in the region.

It is still not clear who are these ‘dark forces’. Thomo declined to divulge their names, saying he was not in that position “but we’re aware of such”.

The league in the region is pushing for the upcoming ANC congress to resolve to unite the ANC, SACP and SANCO in the region, expropriate land ‘without compensation for equitable redistribution’, establish a state bank and that 40 bursaries be advertised annually by the Gert Sibande district municipality, where Chirwa serves as mayor.

They also want 40% of tender projects to be awarded to young people.

“Anyone that want to contest, must do so through broad day-light and must not be buying conference delegates during sleeping hours,” Thomo said.

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Gert Sibande ANCYL ‘total shutdown’ march postponed

The league in the region says certain issues need to be sorted out before the ‘total shutdown’ takes place .

The ANCYL in the Gert Sibande region has postponed a march which they announced was going to be a ‘total shutdown’.

“We had initially planned to march to New Denmark Mine in Standerton but the meetings we had with young people of Lekwa we received an outcry that the issues facing our people in New Denmark Mine are similar to the ones in Thuthuka power station, Standerton, as a result we had to postpone the march to include Thuthuka station,” regional secretary James Nkosi said on Tuesday night.

“You will know that organising a march takes lot of processes including applications which we needed to ensure that our paperwork is in order going to both New Denmark and Thuthuka on the same day,” Nkosi said.

Now the march has been postponed to 4 May 2017 to both the Standerton coal mine and the Eskom power station.

During a radical economic transformation rally in Badplaas on 9 April 2017, regional league leader Trevor Nkosi said they would not march against President Jacob Zuma but for the economic emancipation of the youths.

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James said they will march for both New Denmark Coal Mine and Thuthuka power station to create jobs and business opportunities as well as developing skills for young, local people.

“Look my brother our people are hungry, they have no opportunities and the government is trying its best to create jobs but we feel that those benefiting from our land are concentrating in making billions while our people remain poor.

“In New Denmark you have a situation where a position as low as a general worker is outsourced from other provinces while people of Lekwa and Gert Sibande remain poor.

“Positions as small as operators are advertised with maths and science as a requirement to exclude our people and you ask yourself how is maths relevant to operate an excavator, and we are saying if they have special skills they want as a

requirement to their posts they must build a skills development centre in Sakhile and train our people to match their requirements,” James said, replying to questions sent on Facebook messenger.

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Trevor Nkosi spits fire at radical economic transformation assembly

He said the African National Congress will have to fire its veteran Sipho Pityane.

Gert Sibande ANCYL leader Trevor Nkosi has called on ANC leaders to do the right thing lest the youth would inherit a very shattered ANC.

Nkosi was speaking during the league’s Radical Economic Assembly in Badplaas on Sunday afternoon (9 Apr).

“Comrades the way things stand it seems like we have two ANC NECs in this country, and we will have to correct that unless we won’t have an ANC when we grow and reach that stage,” Nkosi told the ANCYL crowds at the Badplaas’ Manzana cultural centre.

“The other one is a bogus NEC and is convened by few members of Parliament who want to see themselves in the next ANC NEC after December 2017 and we want to remind them that we have only one ANC NEC and it takes orders from Luthuli House and not in Parliament,” Trevor said, to thunderous applause.

“And this tendency of ANC senior members to wake up in the morning and call media briefing is annoying comrades,” Trevor told the league members.

“If they have got problems they must go to Luthuli House, not grandstanding in the media.

“These old people have accumulated a lot of wealth and now they want to kill the ANC in the public domain and that is very wrong,” Trevor said.

He said that if Anglo Ashanti chairman and Save SA leader Sipho Pityane was still a member of the ANC the ANC would have to fire him.

“This man has already started his own political party and the only thing he does now is to tarnish the image of the ANC,” he said.

He proceeded to take a swipe at the ANC government, saying what it was doing to young people was unfair.

“If you are a young people and want to do a business with the government they will give you a catering of R5000 and tomorrow they will tell you that ‘we have empowered you’ and that’s unfair, for us it’s a high level of exploitation,” he said to applause.

“We’re tired of R5000, the cost of living is very high comrades,” he said.

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Trevor said a new ‘Gert Sibande TV’ will have to be established as well as the construction of the Gert Sibande airport and stadium and “jazz festival like the  Macufe one”.

“That should happen so that we can create job opportunities for our young people,” Nkosi said.

“Comrade chair, I’m ashamed to tell you that none of these young people sitting here is a millionaire – after 23 years of democracy we’re still poor and we don’t know where do the millions from our government go to because it’s us who should benefit from our ANC government’s money because we defend and campaign for our ANC government day in and day out”.

He said 26 April 2017 is a national shutdown, all mines will experience it because they don’t want to employ “our people” and CVs will be submitted “because municipalities won’t employ everyone.

“Stop telling us we should march against the President of the ANC, we want our wealth, we want our land and that’s what we will march for,” he said.

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