This year the African National Congress celebrates 108 years of its existence, not only as the oldest political party on the African continent, but as a people’s liberation movement that carries the hopes and dreams of all South Africans. The pursuit of the ideals of the National Democratic Revolution to realise a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, and prosperous society remains the historic mission of the ANC and defines its character. The January 8th statement exemplifies a rich and proud tradition and is a platform through which the ANC connects, not only with its members, but with society at large.
This briefing is therefore intended to share with you our state of readiness to host this significant event in the calendar of the African National Congress.
JANUARY 8TH CELEBRATIONS
This year’s January 8th National Rally took place on the 11th January 2020 at Kimberley in the Northern Cape and was addressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa with the theme “The Year of Unity, Socio-Economic Renewal and Nation Building”.
True to its character as the political home of the overwhelming majority of South Africans, the ANC leadership has already been interacting with communities through a number of activities across the Amathole Region as a build-up to the 108th Anniversary Rally.
Our Provincial Rally will be held at KOMGA Sports Ground in Great Kei. The gates at the stadium will open at 07h00 when the cultural programme will commence. Many of our Province’s most popular artists have confirmed their attendance including a variety of local artists chosen specifically to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Eastern Cape. Musicians from different genres will also be present including traditional, gospel, hip hop, dancers and DJ’s.
There will be strict access control measures enforced around the Sports Ground. Prohibited items at the venue include firearms, dangerous weapons and alcohol.Free WiFi around the KOMGA Sports Ground precinct will be available.
The political programme starts at 10h00 with Interfaith Prayers, followed by Messages of Support from our Alliance Partners – the South African Communist Party (SACP), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) as well as South African National Civil Organisation (SANCO).
The Rally will be addressed by ANC National Chairperson, Cde Gwede Mantashe.
Issued by :
ANCEC Provincial Communications
Provincial Head of Communications