Unity prevailed within the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal when the party rapped up its provincial lekgotla in high spirits in Durban yesterday.
This was despite current provincial chairman and Premier Sbu Ndebele reiterating that he would not be standing for a fourth term.
Another senior NEC member who did not put himself up for nomination was Bheki Cele, chairman of the powerful eThekwini region.
Ndebele announced on Saturday that he would not be available for nomination when the new provincial leadership of the ANC was elected in May.
He said that - under the leadership of party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi - he had helped lead the party for more than 10 years in succession.
Making his last speech as party chairman, Ndebele described the Durban lekgotla as "vibrant and successful".
He said party members were now looking forward to campaigning for next year's elections - as a united party.
"One of the key resolutions taken at the lekgotla was to consolidate the unity which exists in KwaZulu-Natal," said Ndebele.
He said his stay at the helm of the party in the province for 10 years had been a privilege and that he had been driven by a single ambition - to win the province for the ANC.
Senzo Mchunu, the party provincial secretary, said on the first day of the lekgotla party members had discussed national conference matters and the three upcoming provincial conferences for the the Youth League, Women's League and the ANC.
The second day saw the discussion on government delivery programmes both by provincial and local government and "synergy with the national government".
Mchunu said that delegates had noted IFP's ambition to reclaim the province, and would not be taking the opposition party for granted.