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1999 National Elections Manifesto - Five Years of ANC Government


Over the past five years the ANC has laid the foundation for a better future. Together
with the people of South Africa, the ANC has:

Put in place one of the best constitutions in the world

the rights of all citizens are enshrined in the constitution which guides us in building a
united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.

Swept away racist and oppressive laws

Today, nobody is legally discriminated against because of race, or because they are women,
or disabled, or because of some other difference.

Introduced laws which provide for change

Since 1994 more than 100 laws have been passed each year to ensure equality and to improve
the lives of all.

Brought equality in the treatment of all

The ANC has changed the structures of the public service and championed the cause of
affirmative action in all important social areas.

Entrenched worker rights

Through the Constitution and many laws, we have ensured rights for all workers, including
farm-workers and domestic workers.

South Africa is seen, in many respects, as an example to the world. Our country is
respected on all continents; and we have built
relations with almost all nations.


Guided by the RDP, we are steadily but surely starting to dent the massive
inequalities and poverty created by apartheid. Since 1994, the ANC has:

Brought water to 3 million people

Housed nearly 3 million people

with 750 000 houses built or under construction.

Connected 2 million households to electricity

Improved health-care for the poor

with over 500 new clinics built or upgraded, and free medical care for children under six
and pregnant women.

Transferred land to communities

with 220 000 hectares of land transferred to 68 000 households.

Implemented non-racial education

with the majority of children enjoying better access to education; 10 000 new classrooms
built or upgraded, and 1.5-million more children brought into the education system.

Connected telephone lines for 3 million people.

These are
just some of the massive changes the ANC has brought about, in partnership with the
people. In all these efforts, we have targeted the poor and the most vulnerable: those who
suffer the most from the ravages of apartheid. It is only by overcoming the huge
inequalities in our society that we shall be able to build a truly non-racial democracy.

Yes, all these things have been done, but is it enough?...

ThereĀ“s unemployment, communities are still plagued by crime, many of us still live in poverty, and Local Government still has to improve service to the people.

The ANC agrees:

We are not complacent as a result of the changes that have taken place.
We share your impatience to overcome the decades-old crisis of unemployment,
crime and poverty.

Why are things still like this?
  • Because we inherited a budget that cannot be increased ovenight, and
    which must now be shared by all our people instead of a small minority
    during the days of apartheid
  • Because the apartheid system left us with a legacy of massive poverty and
    for the majority of our people which will take time to overcome
  • Because we required time to change all the apartheid policies we
    inherited, introduce the necessary legislation and establish a new public administration
    to implement the new policies
  • Because there are still powerful forces blocking change
  • And, yes, we have required time to inspire the public service to accept
    the new value system of batho pele and act in a more determined manner to serve the people
    of South Africa.

We will build on the foundations that have been laid, which were not
there when we took over, to achieve faster progress towards a better life for all.

The ANC will be decisive in dealing with those who fail the people.

We must also continue to learn together from
our advances, problems and mistakes, and together, to find the right