ANC party bash a costly venture
THE ANC's centenary birthday celebrations will cost more than R100 million
"It will not cost less than R100 million. It is costly," ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete told reporters in Johannesburg.
"It is not cheap but we believe it's worth it. Future generations need to know where we come from."
The ANC is gathering archives and information about its history from around the world to be housed in one place.
"Some of the work is just priceless," Mbete said.
"Friends" of the ANC were coming forward and helping with funding.
About 120,000 people are expected to attend the main 100-year birthday celebration in Mangaung in the Free State in January next year.
"We are now, as of today, 60 days away from the anticipated January 8 celebration to commemorate the birth of the oldest and longest surviving liberation movement on the continent," Mbete said.
She said the ANC had been preparing for the celebrations for the past two years. The main bash would start on January 6 and go on until January 8 2012. It would start in Waaihoek in Bloemfontein, which was the founding place of the ANC 100 years ago.
The weekend would include an inter-faith night vigil, an awards ceremony, a traditional cleansing and restoration ceremony, a presidential centennial gala and then the main celebration at Free State Rugby Stadium in Bloemfontein.
ANC president Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver the centennial address at the stadium on January 8. Many international guests are also expected to attend.
"They will be given the opportunity to speak about their relationship with the ANC," Mbete said.
A number of African heads of state were coming but Mbete said she could not give any more details.
The centenary celebrations would continue through 2012, with every month celebrating former ANC presidents. The programme will close on January 8 2013.