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Bua Komanisi Volume 1 - Issue 1 - January 2001


Extended Politburo Meeting

The last meeting of the Politburo (PB) of the SACP for the year 2000 was held on 08 December and was attended by Provincial Secretaries and Central Committee members of the Party Building Commission.

The extended PB meeting focused its attention on the 2000 local government elections, negotiations between government and traditional leaders, the ongoing struggle against HIV/AIDS, and the SACP Programme of Action (POA) for the year 2001. 

On local government, the PB committed the SACP to work for the provision, sustainability and expansion of a free basic amount of water, electricity and other municipal services to all. The PB underlined the need for ongoing struggle for cross-subsidisation, increased funding from national government, the consolidation of the public sector at local government level and the role of local government in local economic transformation. On traditional leaders the PB noted the negotiations on the roles, powers and functions of traditional leaders in local government. This discussion requires a government White Paper for broader public input and debate. 

2001 - The year of Building People's Power for a People's Economy!

The theme and main slogan of the SACP 2001 POA adopted by the PB meeting is "Building People's Power for a People's Economy". The main components of this 2001 POA are - the Consolidation of the Public Sector; the Financial Sector Campaign; Building of Co-operatives; Building Organs of People's Power centred on Ward and Village Committees; the struggle against HIV/AIDS; Celebrating the SACP's 80th Anniversary and Achieving SACP financial self-sufficiency through the 2001 Debit Order Offensive 

The 2001 POA is one of the main tools to implement our organisational mandates from our 10th Congress Programme and Constitution. All members, branches, districts, provinces and leaders must play their roles in this POA. All Party structures must discuss the full text of the POA and develop implementation strategies by 10 February 2001. The full text of the 2001 POA is available from SACP Provincial Offices and must be sent to all branches and districts by 31 January 2001.

Celebrating the SACP's 80th Anniversary

The SACP was founded in Cape Town in July 1921. The theme for our 80th anniversary celebrations is "Celebrating 80 years of unbroken struggle for national liberation, people's power and socialism!"

The 80th anniversary is an opportunity to root the SACP in the working class and its traditions. In order to do this, SACP provinces, districts and branches must use the month of July to convene at least 30 People's and Workers' Assemblies across the country. These assemblies would be a public evaluation of the SACP, its history, its programme and the way forward. This public evaluation would be based around some key questions such as - What has been the role of the SACP? What is the current role of the SACP? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the SACP? What must the SACP do? 

This exercise will build political consciousness about the SACP amongst workers and communities. It will also take the SACP, its history, programme, role, and future to our people and contribute to party building. The PB has set up an 80th Anniversary Committee which will coordinate anniversary celebrations. The main national rally to celebrate the 80th anniversary will be held in KwaZulu Natal.

Consolidation of the Public Sector

Through this component of the 2001 POA, the SACP seeks to defend and extend the public sector in key strategic areas such as education, health, water, municipal services, central banking, development finance, transport, communications, electricity supply, energy including liquid fuels, mineral rights and housing. 

The consolidation of the public sector is also part of struggles for the socialisation of the economy through the upsizing of the capacity of the democratic state, and directing, disciplining and rolling back the private capital. 

The main challenges and tasks include: - 

  • Implementing the 2000 Strategy Conference Resolution on economic transformation through SACP contributions to alliance forums, discussions, decisions and programmes at all levels

  • An SACP Red Paper on economic transformation

  • Direct SACP engagement with public sector transformation and restructuring of state assets

  • Developing an SACP approach and role in a COSATU-led mass mobilisation campaign 

  • Facilitating SACP input, approach and responses to the National and Provincial Government Budgets based on an approach which emphasises an active developmental state. As part of this, as the SACP we seek to finalise the implementation of a Basic Income Grant for the unemployed. 

  • Empowering SACP provinces and districts to develop and implement provincial and local economic transformation programmes focusing on the roles and programmes of provincial and local government, relevant state institutions and the private sector. 

In order to undertake this work, all SACP structures are required to use the first branch meetings, District Councils and Provincial Councils for the year to adapt the above aims into local programmes. 

These programmes must, amongst other things, include the following:

  • local aims, objectives and focus of the campaign 

  • working together with relevant alliance structures of the ANC, COSATU and SANCO through workshops, joint structures, and campaigns 

  • engaging broader civil society and the public 

  • alliance inter-action with government 

The immediate challenge is on Telkom. The SACP is working on a joint programme with the CWU.

The Financial Sector Campaign

This campaign focuses on the Transformation and Diversification of the Financial Sector as a whole including the Private Banking Sector, the Insurance Industry, the Pension Fund Industry and Public Financial Institutions.

The main components of the campaign for 2001 are:

  • Reaching out to our people (in communities, civics, unions, community organisations, burial societies, savings clubs, stokvels, co-operatives, local businesses, etc.) to explain and mobilise our people behind the campaign; to collect information about problems our people face in the financial sector; and to develop people's demands on the financial sector 

  • The Chris Hani Memorial Month of Action (April) in order to increase mass pressure on financial institutions in advance of the NEDLAC Summit on the Financial Sector

  • Convening a National People's Conference on Chris Hani Memorial Day (10 April 2001) 

  • Convening of the NEDLAC Summit by the end of May 2001 

  • SACP engagement with and against the financial sector

  • SACP engagement with the alliance, government and public financial institutions

Through the above work, we must also build the organisational and political capacity of our branches and districts to sustain and deepen the campaign into a long-term transformative vision and programme. This long-term vision must go beyond the limits of capitalism towards the popular building of a strong, efficient and socialised financial sector. 

In order to achieve these, SACP provinces, districts and branches must do the following:

  • Establish joint campaign structures with the ANC, COSATU, SANCO and other relevant organisations 

  • During February, host provincial and district Briefing and Consultative Meetings for unions, NGOs, co-operatives, churches, burial societies, savings clubs, etc. These meetings must also be used for SACP reports on the campaign, facilitating inputs and participation from a broad range of sectors on the campaign, introducing and preparing for the People's Conference mentioned above 

  • As part of reaching out to our people, Public Meetings must be convened in local areas during February and March - for this purpose, information packs and complaint forms will be prepared. There is also a separate sheet attached herein entitled "Guidelines for Public Meetings on the Transformation and Diversification of the Financial Sector". 


The year 2001 programme focus areas on HIV/AIDS work include:

  • Actively linking up with HIV/AIDS organisations, and participating in their campaigns 

  • Developing a forward-looking mass campaign to reduce the rate of new infections and to increase public education, openness, care and support for people and families living with HIV/AIDS 

  • Struggling to ensure that Medical Schemes, Pension/Provident Funds and the Insurance Industry do not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS and that they actually provide meaningful benefits to People Living with HIV/AIDS

  • Focus and campaign around affordable drugs for HIV/AIDS related infections - the key demand is for parallel importing and the production of generic drugs. This demand needs to be related to the SACP call for an active industrial strategy. In particular the SACP must play a key role in a mass campaign to ensure that the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association drops its court action against the South African government in respect of access to affordable drugs. 

  • Internal political education on HIV/AIDS to focus on the political economy of HIV/AIDS, poverty and HIV/AIDS and the political economy of access to affordable treatment

  • SACP Red Papers on HIV/AIDS 

The above work points to the need to deepen our perspectives and work on HIVAIDS in order that we fully integrate the impact of HIV/AIDS into our economic and social policy planning and political work. Some of the major challenges include the provision of appropriate social services, the expansion of the public health system and the mobilisation of sufficient resources to address the HIV/AIDS crisis. 

To lead this work, the extended PB meeting set up a National SACP HIV/AIDS Campaigns Committee, led by the SACP General Secretary, Comrade Blade Nzimande. Provinces, districts and branches need to find ways to implement the work outlined above. 

Building Co-operatives

Throughout the year 2001 and beyond, we need to empower SACP structures and our people to build and sustain viable and transformative co-operatives through education, training and networking. Specifically each SACP district is challenged to launch co-operative pilot project by the end of the year. Other important challenges include:

Developing new laws to build, finance and regulate co-operatives - in the first half of the year, government will publish a draft law on co-operatives 

Building a progressive and mass based National Co-operative Movement in particular a National Burial Society movement

The main tasks for SACP structures are:

  • mobilising our people behind of good and progressive legislation during the first half of the year - this can be linked to the Public Meetings on the Transformation and Diversification of the Financial Sector 

  • Networking and building relations with existing co-operatives 

  • SACP Red Papers on Co-operatives 

  • Mobilising local government to play a role in the development of co-operatives 

Building Organs of People's Power

The organised and conscious power of the people remains important in transformation. 

Active popular power will be important in setting priorities and goals for local government and overcome neo-liberal or bureaucratic or private sector resistance to transformation in local government. 

This popular mobilisation must focus on the building of popular, vibrant, strong and functional Ward and Village Committees as the main organ around which other Organs of People's Power are built - other organs include School Governing Bodies, Community Policing Forums, local civics, development forums, community organisations, etc. In other words, Ward and Village Committees must be the centre of popular mobilisation in communities. Some of the tasks for Ward and Village Committees include:

  • People's participation in local government budgeting, governance and local economic development 

  • Building councillor accountability and inter-action with the people themselves through quarterly people's forums and other public meetings in wards and villages

  • Implementing the ANC manifesto commitment to provide free basic services to all and the consolidation of the public sector at a local government level

  • Integrating the task of building co-operatives in the work of local government and the Ward and Village Committees themselves

Provinces, districts and branches are required to develop plans and identify months for the launching of Ward amd Village Committees.

The 2001 Debit Order Offensive

From February to the end of April, the SACP, together with COSATU and all its affiliates will revive the Debit Order Campaign in order to reach 50 000 overall debit order contributors donating, on average, R10 a month. This will go a long way to achieve financial self-sufficiency for the SACP. 

The main tasks for SACP structures are: - 

  • Establishing joint structures from national to district levels with COSATU and its affiliates 

  • Mobilising COSATU and affiliate locals behind the campaign 

  • Target factories for blitzes and public workers' meetings

Each province has to set targets for each COSATU affiliate, PEC member, district and branch. Hard working branches will be rewarded. Also refer to the attached sheet entitled "Guidelines on the SACP 2001 Debit Order Offensive". 

Key events for the SACP 

  • 19-23 Feb - Week of Action on the Debit Order Offensive. Over and above this week, each province, branch and district is required to plan a sustainable programme to mobilise members to take part in this campaign. 

  • 17-28 Feb - Public Meetings on the Financial Sector Campaign in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Provinces

  • 01-15 March - Public Meetings on the Financial Sector Campaign in Eastern Cape, Free State KwaZulu Natal, Northern and Western Cape Provinces 

SACP Events from January to April 2001


18-19 Jan - Politburo Lekgotla 
20 Jan - Free State Provincial Council 
25 Jan - Party Building Commission 
26 Jan - Gender Commission 
27-28 Jan - Provincial Executive Committee Meetings 
31 Jan - Joe Slovo Memorial Events 


02-04 Feb - Central Committee Meeting 
06 Feb - National Youth Desk Meeting 
10-11 Feb - Provincial Councils 
10 Feb - FinCom 
14 Feb - Economic Transformation Commission 
16 Feb - State Transformation Commission 
17-18 Feb - District Councils 
19-23 Feb - Week of Action on the Debit Order Offensive 
23 Feb - Politburo meeting in the Free State 
24-25 Feb - Provincial Executive Committee Meetings 
17-28 Feb - Public Meetings on the Financial Sector Campaign in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Provinces 


01-15 March - Public Meetings on the Financial Sector Campaign in Eastern Cape, Free State KwaZulu Natal, Northern and Western Cape Provinces 
- 02-04 March - Provincial and District School
- 08 March - International Women's Day
- 09-10 March - Dora Tamana National Gender Workshop 
- 17-18 March - District Councils 
- 21 March - Human Rights Day 
- 24-25 March - Provincial Executive Committee Meetings 
- 30 March - Politburo Meeting in Mpumalanga 


08 April - Chris Hani National Memorial Rally in Mpumalanga 
10 April - National People's Conference on the Financial Sector 
15-30 April - Provincial Mass Action on the Financial Sector