The upcoming local government elections play a key role in building South Africa’s communities and in the empowerment of all its citizens.

The ANC as the governing party has ensured that its key objective of creating a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society has put it at the coalface of service delivery in communities.

Since being formed in 1912 to unite the African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic change, the ANC has always held close its heart the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.

The ANC endeavors to achieve this ideal through the liberation of African citizens from political and economic bondage as well as uplifting the quality of life of all especially the poor.

The achievements of the ANC at local government are in essence an affirmation of the importance of municipal elections.

Since 1994 the ANC has delivered on its mandate, ensuring service delivery of basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation – and in advancing the principles of democratic government. All the while supporting our people in times of need.

For example the ANC in KZN has allocated R200-million towards the province’s drought relief effort.

The provincial government has also implemented cost containment measures, thus improving financial management.

This was in light of the R109-billion provincial budget tabled in KZN where the provincial government was expected to cut at least R1-billion in order to curb expenditure in the first year of the Medium Term Expenditure framework (MTEF)

The ANC has further been fundamental in the development and delivery of services at Ndwedwe in KwaZulu-Natal. There are 5000 RDP houses being built in all 19 wards.

Toilets have also been built and, in addition, the iLembe District is going to deliver one thousand new toilets to provide for the growing local population.

Meanwhile in the Eastern Cape through initiatives such as the Second Chance Matric Programme – young people who have failed to meet the requirements of the NSC a second chance to obtain a matric thereby improving their quality of life.

This exemplifies the ANC’s vision inspired by its principles of putting its citizens first Batho Pele – People First, in all the communities of South Africa.

Being at the coalface of service delivery can only be embodied by humility and a selfless dedication to the struggle for a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society, and a commitment to implement the policies of the movement and the decisions of the collective — the core values of the ANC.

“Sishoda Ngawe!” Take local government in your hands in building a greater South Africa.

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