THE ANC has pulled out all the stops to host one of its biggest rallies to commemorate its 98th anniversary and its youth wing's 65th birthday.
Party supporters in Northern Cape have distributed more than 150000 leaflets, mounted more than 10000 posters and conducted more than 27000 door-to-door visits ahead of tomorrow's January 8 statement delivery by President Jacob Zuma in Kimberley.
The January 8 statement tradition, revived in 1979 after the party's Morogoro conference of 1969 in Tanzania, is an important feature on the ruling party's calendar.
ANC spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said Zuma's speech tomorrow would focus on the needs of the youth, rural poor and people with disabilities.
"The focus of the ANC January 8 statement will be on our key priority areas, which include the creation of decent work and sustainable livelihoods, education, health, rural development, food security and land reform and the fight against crime and corruption," he said.
"The president's address will also contain a special focus on the progress made in the implementation of these priorities.
"There will also be a special focus on the year ahead and the recovery of the economy after the economic downturn."
Party provincial secretary Zamani Saul said the event at the GWK Stadium in Kimberley was expected to be attended by more than 50000 supporters.
Zuma arrived in the province yesterday and was expected to remain until tomorrow's rally.
Yesterday Zuma visited Leratong Park and Roodepan and was expected to address an ANC Gala Dinner at the Mayibuye Centre tonight.
"After the 98th anniversary Rally on Saturday, President Zuma will unveil the statue of Solomon Thekisho Plaatje at the Sol Plaatje Municipal Gardens," Saul said.
Other ANC bigwigs. including Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and general secretary Gwede Mantashe, arrived in Kimberley on Wednesday with Motlanthe delivering two memorial lectures in Kuruman and Kimberley on the "Life, times and legacy of Solomon Thekisho Plaatje".
On Wednesday Mantashe conducted door-to-door visits in De Aar and later delivered the Joe Slovo Memorial Lecture at Nonzwakazi Community Hall.
At least 500 buses from various provinces were expected to descend on Kimberley.
Earlier this week ANC Youth League general secretary Vuyiswa Tulelo and former youth league president Fikile Mbalula, who is now Deputy Police Minister, kicked the celebrations off with a youth jamboree at the Open Air Arena in Galeshewe township.