Foreword by Provincial Secretary Zamani Saul

Foreword by Provincial Secretary Zamani Saul

The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) was elected in the 6th Provincial Conference in 2008, popularly known as the Moshaweng Conference. That was the most chaotic, violent and divisive ANC conference in the post 1990 political era. The elected PEC was then saddled with the responsibility of rebuilding the organisation and to ensure that there is a semblance of unity in the province. Building unity after such a catastrophic epic event was a daunting task but a task worth undertaking as unity is the heart of the ANC, the bedrock upon which the organisation was founded in 1912.

This very unstable political environment rendered the PEC extremely vulnerable. The immediate challenge was to shift the PEC from this vulnerable state to the levels of optimal resilience. There are two components of the definition of resilience, that is, adaptation and sustainability. Resilience is best defined as the outcome of successful adaptation to adversity. This recovery allows people to bounce back re-energised from complex challenges. Sustainability is the capacity to progress forward in the face of adversity. These are the two attributes that best define this PEC. It is a resilient PEC that recovered quickly from the Moshaweng Conference devastation and regained equilibrium.

It is due to this equilibrium, that politically the Northern Cape is the most stable province in country. It is also because of this equilibrium that the ANC, in the province is much stronger and focussed now than it was about four years back. It is because of this equilibrium, that for the first time in the history of the ANC in the province we have membership that exceeds 50 000. All our gratitude goes to the PEC and REC collectives that worked tireless and slavish for unity in the province. But the gold plate goes to the ANC branches and members who under difficult and challenging circumstances remained resolute in the wavering commitment to unity and undying love for our glorious movement.

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