The ANC 2012 Centenary Celebration presents an opportunity to reflect on the trajectory our glorious movement has traversed and evolved through become a truly mass based National Liberation Movement. It vividly afresh memoirs that characterised our struggle, which in essence are memories of struggle marked by selflessness, dedication and great sacrifice. At the centre of this struggle was and remain the centrality of the people, hence we still say: “the people remain their own liberators”. Even in the midst of such bitter difficulties and confrontations, our struggle developed moral values of human compassion and solidarity. Our struggle represents something good, not just something better than apartheid. It asserted the humanness of human spirit. Key values embedded in this are: self-respect, caring, humility, honest, dedication and commitment. The ANC 2012 Centenary Celebration is the period of renewal of the values as well as principles of organisational democracy and discipline, which have kept our organisation united for the past decades. These values and principles should always find expression in our daily struggles of building a strong movement and in our modest efforts of building better communities.
We wish to encourage comrades to embrace the existence of our new website. This is a very important communication platform, through which we will highlight the programmes of the organisation. In this day in age of the electronic information highway, let us all be part of the new generation and accustom ourselves with using the internet in general and our website in particular. We are going to communicate a host of the ANC's programmes via the newly revamped website.
As we approach the centenary of this revolutionary movement, we call on all South Africans to be steadfast in their beliefs in the ANC and forthright in their commitment to the movement. The ANC is the only organisation that has the interests of the people at heart. It is therefore no co-incidence that this website is being launched on a Women's Month, a demonstration of the ANC's commitment to the emancipation of women.
The goodness of being a South African nation is derived from the idealism infused in us by our forebears who dared to dream of the impossible and it actually happened ---much to the astonishment of the world skeptics and doubting Thomas's at home!
Written by: Sihle Zikalala, ANC KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary, writing in his personal capacity
One cannot overemphasize the words of Dr. Lubna Nadvi that all South African racial groups “need to break out of the notion of segregating themselves and become a part of the bigger picture and start seeing themselves as South Africans.”
"Education can be and has been used to befuddle the minds of the common people. But education can also be used as an important instrument in the struggle for freedom and human progress. It is this kind of education which we need."