Brand South Africa today congratulated President Jacob Zuma at his re-election to the helm of the ANC and his newly elected senior executive committee members at the ANC’s 53rd elective conference in Mangaung.
Brand South Africa is confident that the return of Jacob Zuma to the helm of the ANC’s bodes well for the country’s future. “It creates a better sense of certainty and continuity,” said Brand SA chairman Chichi Maponya.
In his report, President Zuma reiterated the ANC Government’s commitment to five priority areas – education, health, rural development and land reform, the fight against crime and job creation.
He described the launch of the National Development Plan this year as a major achievement for his government, adding that the plan was a “comprehensive” response for tackling “problems of poverty, inequality and unemployment, infrastructure, education and skills development, small business development, education and the national health insurance.”
Maponya said “It is also pleasing to see the return of businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, who as Zuma’s deputy, will help solidify the ANC presidency and improve investor and local business confidence.”
Maponya said she looked forward to the outcome of deliberations at the conference, and hoped that South Africa’s socio-development agenda would be enhanced further.
She was pleased that although an estimated 30 000 people are currently in Mangaung, the elective conference was largely peaceful and orderly.
“Robust debates and the contestations that characterised the conference is yet another sign that South Africa’s democracy is resilient and maturing. As Brand South Africa we look forward to an acceleration of policy implementation,” said Maponya.
Ms. Chichi Maponya is Chairperson of Brand South Africa.
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Brand South Africa, previously known as the International Marketing Council of South Africa, officially changed its name to best align with its mandate of building South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve its global competitiveness.