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1995 Local Government Elections Manifesto

A better life: Let`s make it happen where we live

24 August 1995


Introduction

A better South Africa

Last year, we, the people of South Africa, gained our freedom. We laid a strong
foundation for equality and human rights for all citizens. We turned our backs on the
division and conflict of apartheid, and we set the nation irreversibly on the path of
change.

The majority of South Africans chose the ANC to lead the country. They did so because
the ANC represents the hopes of the nation and has a plan to improve people`s lives. The
people showed their trust in the ANC because of its proud history of struggle for freedom
and its record of non-racialism and nation-building.

A start has been made

Since the elections of April 1994 the ANC has been working hard to introduce the
changes people want.

The ANC-led Government of National Unity has started free health care for pregnant
women and young children; school feeding for children in need; bringing clean water and
electricity to communities who never had them; getting land for rural communities. At last
our country has a single education system. We are phasing in free education, and children
are actually back in their classrooms.

The economy has been put on a sound footing. For the first time in years there is real
economic growth.

Under the leadership of President Nelson Mandela we have managed to bring together the
people of our country; and we are now truly building a South African nation. Everywhere
the new spirit of democracy and respect for people`s rights, which the ANC struggled for
over years, is becoming a reality. A new rainbow nation is being born. A remarkable
partnership across the old divisions of race, life-style and religion is being built.
Together we South Africans are building a great future for ourselves.

We are proud of our achievements, but the ANC is honest enough to acknowledge that we
could have done more. Official red tape slowed down progress in some cases. Communities
have not always been fully involved. Government structures needed to implement projects
were sometimes not ready.

The local government elections give us the chance to put these things right.

Democracy where we live

The people brought about change

Last year`s elections brought democratic government to the nation and the provinces,
but not at local level. We need democratic local authorities which can make things happen
where we live.

The old local councils were divided on apartheid lines, serving the interests of a few.
Communities fought the apartheid councils and in so doing laid the basis for the coming
elections. Community structures achieved much during the years of struggle. Now we can
achieve much more with local governments that work with the people instead of holding them
back.

Real people`s power

By voting in the November elections, every local community will get an additional voice
in government. Each community will have the power to work with the ANC-led national
government to make the RDP work for them.

Through democratic local councils, communities can make their areas better places to
live in. Through them we will decide on delivery of water to our houses; where new
electricity supplies and sanitation will be put in; where streets will be laid; where
schools, clinics and houses will be built; and how rubbish will be removed from streets
and public areas. They will make sure that there is a system of fair rents and services
for everyone. Together we can break down the barriers that have kept us apart for so long
and build truly South African communities in the cities, towns and villages.

Where problems cannot be solved locally, the councils will make the national and
provincial government work for the changes and improvements that all of us need.

You can rely on the ANC

Community leaders with a track record

The councillors you elect in the local government elections will become the main agents
of change in your communities. When you choose your candidates, they should be people you
can rely on.

They must be people who understand your problems, care about your future and know how
to listen to the people.

ANC candidates are people from your area, who have always worked and sacrificed for a
better life for the people in your community. As ANC councilors, they will make sure that
the resources of local government are used to benefit all the people. They will report
back to you and be answerable to you.

Our candidates are representatives of the people. They come from all walks of life and
bring a wide range of skills and experience to local government. We have more women
candidates than any other party, because we recognise that women are important in building
a better community.

Our candidates will work together with you to implement the ANC`s plans for development
in your community. In the past these leaders led the fight against apartheid. Today as ANC
candidates they are bringing communities together to make the RDP work for their
communities.

At the local level the ANC has fought for the kind of boundaries which will help do
away with the divisions of the past. We seek to unite all sectors of the population so
that none should live in fear of one another. We work together with young and old; urban
and rural communities; workers, employers; religious leaders; students; professionals;
traditional leaders - all as partners of change.

Don`t waste your vote on those with no clear plans for the future. The ANC unites
people, and will bring change rather than slowing it down.

Together we will build a better life

The ANC recognises that communities are ready to take control over their own lives, to
share with government the responsibility to bring about change and manage their daily
lives. The spirit of Masakhane has been welcomed far and wide because we all want to do
something to improve our lives.

Community involvement is the key to ensuring more security, and building stable and
orderly communities. Together, we will tackle the poverty, crime and disease that has
undermined our community values and brought fear and insecurity. Through the ANC you can
bring new strength and determination to solve these problems.

The ANC stands for community involvement through elected and effective councils which
will bring progress in housing programmes and provision of services. Elected councils will
give communities the means to take responsibility for these matters. Reliable services and
well-managed housing will ensure more funds for addressing the plight of the homeless.

In rural areas we will ensure that democratic local government deals with the basic
needs of all our people. This will be done with sensitivity for local traditions and
structures. For the first time rural communities will participate fully in determining
their destiny by greater involvement in managing their own affairs. With ANC
representatives they will play a critical role in programmes to supply water and
electricity, to avail land for farming, to create jobs and run community based development
programmes. Rural women, silent workers for decades and the back-bone of their
communities, will gain their rightful place as local government representatives.

Let`s make it happen

Last year you voted for a better life for all South Africans. The ANC now says that
together we must make a success of the local government elections, knowing that your
organisation must continue to work with you and carry out your wishes.

The plans that we have started to implement come from you. Together we have started to
change South Africa for the better. If we all continue doing our bit, we can make these
plans succeed, we can build a better life where we live.

We must start now to improve things in our communities. Let us come together as
communities to fight crime and co-operate with the police to root out this evil. Let us
come together to identify the urgent things that we need; and make proposals to our ANC
government about what must be done. Let us come together, to improve the way development
projects are run.

  • Together we have the power to reconstruct and develop our country.
  • Together we can build a better life where we live.
  • Together let us bring happiness into our homes.
  • Let`s make it happen here.
  • Vote ANC.

A Solemn Pledge

The ANC`s history of grassroots community involvement, our track record of bringing
people together and working with them, and our vision of a better life for all, will be
our guiding principles as we work in local government.

ANC councilors will work closely with communities. We shall be true to the people`s
aspirations; living among them and working with them. The arrogance of unrepresentative
apartheid structures will be buried forever. Ours is a people`s government.

This is our solemn pledge as an organisation; as candidates for local government; and
as the representatives you chose in last year`s elections for provincial and national
government.