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Scores of ANC supporters waited in anticipation for Ramaphosa’s speech

8 January 2022, 4:00 PM  |  Katlego Nyoni  | 
Scores of ANC supporters, who had waited in anticipation for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s January 8th annual address, showcased their jubilation in many forms including song and dance.
Some supporters who attended were dressed in exuberant ANC regalia showcasing the colours of the party. Meanwhile, hawkers outside the stadium say their businesses thrived on the day.
Festive and jubilant scenes were seen outside the venue, the old Peter Mokaba Stadium.



ANC supporters came from far and wide, to witness the historical birthday celebrations. Some put their vocal cords to the test as they sang their own rendition of the “Happy Birthday” song.

Young members of the party say they have heeded the call by ANC President Ramaphosa, of rebuilding and renewing the party. Ramaphosa vowed to transform the ANC into a more youthful organisation. Some of who travelled from Sekhukhune say more work lies ahead.

“We are here to submit our social burning issues, you mentioned the unemployment rate, there are many challenges in the country, so when the president is here, that is when we get the opportunity to express ourselves. I think youth have many ways of expressing our interest, definitely, we believe that the ANC will transform.”

Other supporters from Polokwane showcased handcrafted items. Ebner Lebele from Nirvana built a model of a miniature museum, which he says depicts the history of the ANC. Lebelo says he had hoped that Ramaphosa will get a glimpse of his creation.

“There is the Rivonia Trial, there is a picture of Nelson Mandela, this is a museum, the museum is only capturing the ANC, my ambition is to tell the president to reduce the high rate of unemployment of the people.”

Inside the grounds of the Peter Mokaba Stadium, six white doves were released into the semi-cloudy skies.

Crowds were entertained by some of the country’s best-selling musicians.

Below are proceedings of the ANC 110th birthday celebrations:



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