Friday, December 14, 2012

Reports from the registration queues

Check in points for everyone attending the conference are the two higher education institutions in the city, the Central University of Technology (CUT) and UFS. Journalists, international guests, as well as the delegates will all queue up at either of the institutions queuing up to get their accreditation before the cut-off date.  Those driving past or entering the UFS via the main entrancein Nelson Mandela drive) are greeted by ANC flags wedged onto lampposts along the main road as well as a welcoming message at the main gate.
Broadcast vans from 567 Cape Talk and sister station 702, Jacaranda and a couple of other SABC stations are in evidence.

The atmosphere on the campus is electric with people moving like an ant colony to make sure their names are in the big books. No one wants to miss the action!
Amidst all the excitement there were some hurdles, as expected with any big event. There was mismanagement of the registering venues, the officials arrived too late at the venues and did not start in time.

Linda Fekisi writes:
This morning,  I went to the ANC’s  media briefing session where ANC leader, Jackson Mthembu, Gwede Mantashe and Jeff Radebe gave us an overview of what to expect from the conference. They said the Constitutional Court ruling against the Free State Provincial Executive Committee will have little effect on the proceedings. Only one thing is standing in the way of my excitement and anticipation – registration.  Not only are the lines incredibly long, but the communication from the organisers has been a major hurdle.
A day and half to go...

 After the media briefing,  Jackson Mthembu and Keith Khoza took us on a tour of the conference facilities. This included the main marquee which can accommodate 6500 seated delegates, as well as an exhibition of  statues of individuals who have had an impact on the ANC. Despite the confusion over registration, the atmosphere is positive and optimistic.  Looking forward to the week ahead.
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