The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco), elected Vusi Shongwe as its new provincial chairperson and Linda Dhlamini as the provincial secretary. The provincial elective conference was held in eManzana, formerly Badplaas, last on November 25
Shongwe is the current MEC for community safety, security and liaison, and he takes the reigns over from the provincial convener, S’manga Mpila. He was previously a PEC and PWC member of Sanco.
The new provincial chairperson said he and the newly elected collective will work tirelessly to revive this 31-year-old organisation and their mandate is to make the organization fashionable once again and to get young people to join their ranks.
“Our main plan is to revive the Sanco. We need to make it fashionable and attract young people. It will not be easy, but it’s a task we are determined to execute so that we can have a vibrant organisation that speaks to today’s community challenges.
To be able to address the plights still faced by communities, we need to rope in young people, since they are in the majority and will, therefore, be in a position to advise and guide us on challenges faced by today’s youth,” he said.
“We are going to run the Sanco with an transparency policy so that the communities can also take ownership and be afforded space, not only to participate, but have a say on how we should run it,” added Shongwe.
He vowed that the newly elected PEC members will place unemployment, poverty, inequalities, crime and service delivery high on the agenda.
He indicated that the organisation will continue to advocate for the strengthening of community involvement in service delivery programmes at all levels of government.
“One of our immediate priorities will be to mobilise the youth to be actively involved in governance matters, because they are the future of this country. We are also calling on young people to continue to register with the IEC’s online platforms so that they get to participate fully in the upcoming elections,” he added.
“Young people must exercise this all-important right and register in order to vote. Ours is a democracy that was bitterly fought and sacrificed for. We cannot take it for granted. We must vote and preserve our democracy while also changing our lives,” said Shongwe.
Sanco will continue to respect all its alliance partners, including their elected leaderships.