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1999 National Elections Manifesto - Many Things to Do

This Manifesto covers many things the ANC will do in the next 5 years.

But there are many more things that do not appear here. Why?

  • because the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) outlines our broad
    programme for changing South African society. It remains the only relevant detailed
    programme to carry SA to freedom and social justice.
  • because the South African Constitution provides the broad framework within which we will
    carry out this programme of change. There is no need to change this basic framework. If
    improvements are needed, we shall co-operate with others to make them.
  • because at this very moment, each aspect of this Manifesto is being elaborated into
    concrete steps. We are consulting with our allies, communities, social movements,
    role-players and experts to ensure we begin to implement our programme from Day One of the
    new government.

The great progress we have made in the last 5 years gives us the base from which,
together, we will be able to change our society and improve the lives of our people faster
than ever before.

The ANC is the principal political force in South Africa with experience of democratic
government and detailed plans for the transformation of our country into a non-racial,
non-sexist and prosperous democracy. These plans have been spelt out in detail and tested
in practice.


To carry out all these measures
requires a committed ANC and a determined government. But our programme also requires
millions of South Africans mobilised and united in our common resolve to deal with even
the most difficult problems.

We need a new patriotism. This
requires communities that unite, forging partnerships to address their problems, without
waiting for orders or hand-outs from elsewhere. It requires citizens who love their
country and are determined to see it succeed. A commitment to invest in our people and in
our country.

It demands discipline and a
better work ethic from all of us; morality in the handling of public resources; humanity
in relating with one another even in the private domain; responsibility in exercising our

The ANC, led by a new generation
of leaders, will strive with all its strength to ensure that these programmes are
realised. We will ensure that all of us enjoy the freedoms for which many generations
sacrificed so much. But we will, in these 5 years, also seek to provide the kind of firm
leadership that is necessary for us to meet our objectives as a nation.

Together with you, we shall continue the fight for change.

Together with you, we shall ensure that the journey to a better South Africa is carried out with speed.

Our guiding light remains: