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SACP celebrates 79th anniversary

30 July 2000

Main challenge facing SA is transforming economy: SACP

One of the main challenges facing South Africa is the transformation of the economy, SA Communist Party General Secretary Blade Nzimande said at the party's 79th anniversary rally in East London on Sunday.

Nzimande said while there had been moderate economic growth, the prospects of sustained growth and development remained uncertain.

"Decisive action is required to ensure that this growth turns out to be more than just temporary, modest and cyclical," he said.

Nzimande said greater emphasis needed to be placed on the mobilisation and co-ordination of budgetary, parastatal and domestic capital for more concerted development.

Touching on forthcoming local government elections, he said democratic institutions must be used to mobilise the public.

He said the government and South Africans must make certain that local economic development was biased towards co-operative and community based development.

Nzimande said an overwhelming African National Congress victory in the local elections would be the best result to "deepen the national democratic revolution".

He called on the public to vote for the ANC in the local government elections.

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