The ANC has published a detailed list of points that will be addressed at a ‘people’s assembly’ ahead of the State of the Nation address on Thursday (9 February).
The plan is seen as a preview to the tone and direction president Zuma’s address will take at the main event, with a particular focus being on “radical transformation”, a term which has been pushed by Zuma and those in government over the preceding months.
The list – shared by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula – points to the party’s plans to bring “radical economic transformation” to South Africa, which refers to the ANC’s desire to shake up the current structures, systems and institutions in the country.
“Our main objective remains the liberation of blacks in general, and Africans in particular,” The ANC said.
This includes creating jobs, accelerating inclusive growth and transforming the structure and ownership of production.
Particular emphasis is placed on transforming the country’s financial institutions, feeding into the party and government’s narrative that the country’s banks are not sufficiently transformed, and are still in the hands of “white monopoly capital”.
Other highlights include 30% of all government spending going to black businesses, and increasing black ownership in South African mines.
To achieve its plans of transformation, the ANC will call on government to:
1. Return the land to the people using Constitutional means.
2. Invest money in township and rural communities and ensure we build post-apartheid cities in our rural areas and vibrant businesses in our townships.
3. No less than 30% of ALL government spending must go to black businesses and small, medium and micro enterprises.
4. Massive roll-out of broadband infrastructure, ensuring connectivity of schools, universities, hospitals, police stations and other public areas.
5. Implement the Maputo Declaration and ensure 10% of GDP goes to agricultural development.
6. Turn South Africa into a construction site; deliver water, sanitation, roads, electricity and houses.
7. Diversify ownership in the financial services sector, licence the Post Bank, introduce new players and transform the industry in favour of the people as a whole.
8. Finalise the National Minimum Wage to give income security to all our people.
9. Increase the requirement for black ownership in mines, ensure that a significant amount is in the hands of the workers and advance local beneficiation.
11. Review SA’s trade policies to prioritise national interest and support and promote local business.
12. Mercilessly deal with corruption, fighting both the tigers and the flies.