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ANC takes manifesto dialogue online

9 January 2009

The African National Congress is launching an initiative to encourage discussion of its 2009 Election Manifesto online, using the web, mobile phone and popular social media platforms to bring the ANC closer to the people, and people closer to each other.

This coincides with the release by ANC President Jacob Zuma of the organisation`s 2009 election manifesto in East London tomorrow, Saturday, 10 January.

From its formation, the ANC has been a meeting place for South Africans concerned with building a better future. This online initiative is part of an ongoing dialogue among South Africans about how to address the challenges facing the country.

It follows the success of the popular campaign launched last year - under the theme "My Vision. My Future." - which invited members of the public to make suggestions towards the ANC`s 2009 election manifesto.

Tomorrow, the ANC is taking this a step further by establishing an online space for discussion and debate about the organisation`s plans to further improve the lives of the people of South Africa.

This initiative aims to make use of the growing importance of the internet and the wide reach of cellphone technology to involve even greater numbers of South Africans in determining the direction of the country for the next five years.

Members of the public are invited to view and comment on the ANC`s 2009 Election manifesto which will be available for comment at www.myanc.org and www.myanc.mobi from 12h00 on Saturday. The multimedia website and mobisite will enable users to interact with ANC leaders and other commentators, to share experiences and views, and to debate.

People can also find information, and connect with other people who share a common desire to debate our country`s path forward, on the popular Facebook platform (via African National Congress moderated groups and those set up by passionate individuals). Online users can also subscribe to the "ANC Info Feed" stream on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ANC_Info), which will send out brief updates on news and events.

This initiative aims to deepen popular involvement in setting the national agenda, and to expand opportunities for a meaningful exchange of ideas among South Africans.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson
African National Congress