South African president to highlight economy as ruling party marks 108 anniversary

African National Congress (ANC)
African National Congress (ANC)

As South Africa’s ruling party the African National Congress (ANC) celebrating its 108 anniversary, President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to focus on the stagnant economy and other socio-economic problems when marking the party’s anniversary on Saturday.

“The big one which will loom very large will be the economy, especially when it comes to unemployment of youth, the economy not doing well and the fact that State-Owned Entities which used to be engines that drive growth are not doing well,” Dr Somadoda Fikeni from the University of South Africa told Xinhua.

With poor growth and other challenges facing the country, the president and the party are under pressure.

“The president might want to point out as the global issues are happening in the Middle East and elsewhere and say it’s not only South Africa has these challenges. These are global issues,” Fikeni said, adding that the party would also want to focus on its “internal renewal.”

Sizwe Pamla, spokesperson of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, said the ANC should tackle problems South Africa was still faced with.

“We expect the ANC National Executive Committee to come out with urgent solutions to address the scourge of poverty and degradation that exist side by side with lavish wealth,” he said, the focus should be on revitalizing the economy.

“The upcoming celebrations over the weekend should not be used as a motivational seminar but should articulate solutions on how to kickstart the economy and accelerate the economic growth,” he said. Enditem

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