Metalworkers are all set to ensure the ANC win in the next general elections (February 11, 2009 – 10:50 AM)

Come icy storm rains or high winds, the ANC is coming back again. 

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) regions say the industrial election campaigns in most firms have already kicked off to ensure a landslide victory for the ANC whether icy conditions, roaring gales or prolonged rains falls in the way.

Elias Mashiloane, Numsa Northern Cape and Free State secretary, has let slip some of the region’s operational winning tactics revealing how ANC-led alliance leadership successfully boosted Numsa electioneering campaigns in the industrial meetings conducted in Bloemfontein and which will be extended to Welkom and Kimberley this week.

Numsa leadership structures have resolved to go all out to ensure the ANC win the upcoming general elections and to take a leading role in the revolutionary agenda of the ANC administration in the implementation phase in the interest of poor workers.

In Mpumalanga, regional election workshops, local and factory meetings have begun to synergize their election drive with Cosatu provincial co-ordinators to explain to communities why people should vote ANC.

Eric Linda, Mpumalanga regional secretary said Numsa staff and shop stewards have spearheaded the translation of the ANC manifesto to communities.

“This is to ensure that we are doing everything in our power to ensure metalworkers saw the importance of voting for the ANC,” Linda explained.

In Limpopo and North West regions, Numsa election brigades have launched door-to-door campaigns above all the election work already done in six local industrial areas around Pretoria, Brits, Rustenburg and Polokwane.

George Chosane, Ekurhuleni regional secretary said election campaigns in the giant Gauteng’s Alrode industrial strip have started in earnest, preceding the “mother of all election encounter”

Numsa leadership and officials in the Western Cape buoyed by Cosatu support have also expressed confidence that campaigning in the region has picked up immensely to mobilize victory for the ANC.

As the run-up to the approaching national election has been reputed with consultative discussions around the macro-economic framework, fiscal and monetary, creation of decent work and other issues more than 260 000 metalworkers are geared to break with past and ensure that the next ANC government implemented these programs to benefit workers after the election.

For further information contact:

Mziwakhe Hlangani, Numsa national spokesperson

Cell phone: 082 9407116



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