Thank you to communities of Limpopo

Thank you to communities of Limpopo

1 August 2012

The ANC in Limpopo commends all residents in the province for taking part in the celebrations of the centenary flame that arrived on the 1st of July 2012, and due to be handed over to the North West Province on the Thursday, 01 August 2012 as part of the ANCís nationwide format for commemorating the 100 year milestone of the liberation movement.

Gauteng passed the flame onto Limpopo on 01 July 2012 guided by ANC Treasurer General Matthews Phosa who conceded that the provinceís centennial celebrations planning by far surpassed those of all other provinces. The Old Peter Mokaba Stadiumís grand stand was overflowing with Limpopo residents from all walks of life. This outstanding show of support by ANC members and supporters made the Limpopo reception ceremony unique.

The leadership of the ANC in Limpopo under the stewardship of Chairperson, comrade Cassel Mathale approached the provincial centenary programme with an open mind; encouraging all regions to bring in their own blend of tailor made activities to suit their specific visions, lending a memorable and nostalgic mood to the unifying spirit engendered by the presence of the centenary flame in Limpopo.

We are satisfied that our province put its best foot forward during the month that paid tribute to former President Nelson Mandelaís life and contribution to the growth which culminated in the ANC achieving 100 years of a selfless struggle of which we all benefit from today.

The leadership was determined to give the ANC and the people of Limpopo the best it possibly could.

The provincial leadership believed that the best format for the centenary events to be celebrated was by way of ensuring maximum participation by all the people of Limpopo; especially as this month was in honour of a great leader of former President Nelson Mandelaís calibre.

During its stay in the province the flame went to all our five regions and was taken to all areas of political significance in the province. Families and graves of heroes and heroines in Limpopo were visited, traditional and church leaders, descendants of warrior kings also took pleasure in participating in the celebrations.

The ANC appreciates the welcoming reception and respect shown by all.

We thank all regional structures for leading the process of taking the flame to all areas of historic relevance in their respective regions. Various reports indicate that the experience of hosting the flame invoked emotional sentiments amongst those who came in contact with it.

The flame has been symbolically consoling to many supporters and members of the ANC; it represented a sense of renewed hope and had a profoundly unifying effect in many instances.

A flagship event for the stay of the flame in the province, the Nelson Mandela Lecture held on 10 July 2012 at Shayandima, Thohoyandou, was attended by no less than 4000 people.

We thank the ANC head office team for the arrangements and organization of this event which were principally in their hands.

The unfortunate part of the lecture was the dominance of security and intelligence elements, un-characteristic of ANC major events.

Nowhere in the recent history of the ANC has there been an event with security heightened to the extent that it warranted barbed wire reinforcement and heavy police presence.

The 10 July 2012 Vhembe event was, in our view approached in a fashion unfamiliar to the ANC. We believe the unfortunate incidents of violence and intolerance that occurred on the day could have been handled better.

The province remains concerned that many ANC members and constituencies represented at the event were unjustly inconvenienced at an occasion which was ironically aimed at honouring the memory of a man renowned for peace making and striving for harmony and prosperity.

For this inconvenience we apologise to all affected members, supporters and community members.

On 01 August 2012 ANC Limpopo Chairperson, comrade Cassel Mathale and Provincial Secretary, Comrade Soviet Lekganyane will lead a delegation from Limpopo to the North West province to hand the flame over to its leadership team.

We wish the North West every success during their focus month of hosting the ANC centenary flame and are proud to be passing the baton onto fellow compatriots and comrades after our own month filled with heartwarming events in celebration of a life of a great president as well as permanently imprinting in our minds the hard won gains of a 100 Years of Selfless Struggle.

Issued by: African National Congress Limpopo

Communications and Media Office
Contact: Provincial Spokesperson, Cde. Makonde Mathivha
Mobile: 083 457 2268

Enquiries: Mandisa Mashego
Cell: 083 856 8583