The African National Congress will host its January 8 103rd Anniversary Celebrations at the Cape Town Stadium on the 10th January 2015. South Africa, the Western Cape and the ANC is ready to host the celebrations which we are confident will be a resounding success.
The National Executive Committee met on the 7th January to consider and adopt the NEC January 8 Statement; the delivery of which is the primary purpose of the day. The January 8 Statement adopted continues the tradition of outlining a cogent programme of action for the year ahead – clearly setting out the key tasks for the year and rallying our structures and society in general behind our project of fundamental and radical socio-economic transformation.
It is all systems go. The Fundraising Gala Dinner will held be tonight, Friday 9th January 2015, and is expected to be attended by 1500 people drawn from ANC veterans and supporters, business, civil society and the diplomatic corps amongst others. The programme will start at 18h00. The President of the ANC, Comrade Jacob Zuma, will deliver the keynote address. Zahara, Sibonelo and Wonder, Chris Mampane (a stand up comedian) and DJs Segale Mogotsi are amongst the artists that will entertain the guests
The Cape Town Stadium, which holds 52 000 people, is expected to be filled to capacity. The overflow area at the Uitrek Cricket Field is expected to be filled to capacity. Gates will open at 06h00 and all busses are encouraged to arrive early. Security at the stadium will be extremely tight with the SAPS, ANC Marshalls, a private security company and a team of ANC protocol officers organized. Firearms and other dangerous items are prohibited as are offensive materials including posters or clothing items which feature insultive commentary. No alcohol and glass bottles will be allowed in.
To date, more than 66 000 people from the Western Cape Province alone have confirmed attendance at the rally. Coming from all corners of the province they are broken done as follows:
- Boland: 13 000
- Southern Cape: 5 000
- Overberg: 3 500
- Dullah Omar: 40 000
- Central Karoo: 2 400
- West Coast: 3 000
The following provinces – Eastern Cape (15 busses), Free State (3 trains), North West (4 busses), the Northern Cape (5 busses) and Gauteng (1 train which had to get an extra coach to accommodate demand) have also confirmed attendance to be part of the Celebrations. Formers ANC leaders, families of stalwarts of the ANC, Alliance Partners, Civil Society, members of the Diplomatic Corps amongst many others make up the 3000 invited guests. The Minstrels, Farmworkers, Churches and many other organized formations have also confirmed their attendance, which we warmly welcome. More than 800 busses, 1200 taxis and trains have been secured to ferry supporters to the Stadium.
All supporters wishing to gain access to the stadium will be granted such access to the stadium limit of 52 000. Tickets cannot be used as a dompas system to discourage our people’s access to the stadium. The ANC is dealing with this matter with the relevant structures in the City. No cars will be allowed within the Stadium Precinct. Park and Ride facilities have been set up around the City at Good Hope Centre, CTICC and Parliament. Members of the media are encouraged to use the public parking facilities at the Waterfront and will be shuttled to the Stadium.
The programme will start at 10h30 tomorrow and will include interfaith prayers and messages of support from the ANC Leagues and our Alliance. It is our intention that ANC President, Comrade Jacob Zuma, will deliver the NEC Statement promptly at 11h30. Several prominent artists have pledged to be part of the programme and include: Local and Provincial artists, Solly Moholo, Ihashi Elimhlophe, Zakes Bantwini, Arthur and Chomie, Oskido, Dr. Malinga, Lulo Café, LVovo, DJ Findzo, DJ Siyanda, DJ Naves and Spectacular, Vetkuk and Mahoota, Amon Mokeona and Zahara
Issued by ANC