LOCAL government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, his spokesman and other government officials are behind plans to launch a newspaper with links to the ANC.
This emerged yesterday after East London businessman Vrij Harry of Harry Printers announced the plans at the Progressive Business and Professional Forum (PBPF) meeting at an East London beachfront restaurant.
He said he was working with Qoboshiyane, his spokesman Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha and private business to start the newspaper.
They plan to launch the paper by March 25. There were other government officials also part of the group.
Harry would not name them yesterday and also did not clarify if the newspaper would continue to publish beyond the elections.
He also did not respond to questions about the paper’s print run.
The announcement comes a few weeks after the ANC wrote to editors in the province asking for permission to campaign in their newsrooms. The request was turned down.
Earlier Harry told the meeting that the paper was an ANC election newspaper and would hit the streets by March 20 to 25.
“We need an alternative newspaper in the province … We are in the process of producing one which will concentrate on the good that we have done,” Harry announced.
The forum was established by former government spokesman Jimmy Manyi to attract and galvanise professionals within the ANC.
Those attending pledged their support for the ANC in the upcoming general elections in May.
ANC provincial chairman and finance MEC Phumulo Masualle also received major support, when PBPF called upon Luthuli House to ensure he was appointed the next premier.
PBPF provincial convener Bongile Nkola called on the business fraternity to support the ANC.
“We are going to support the ANC … but the ANC needs to assist us as well. The organisation has always needed the support from the middle class during elections … but after the elections [they] are forgotten. This can not continue,” Nkola said.
“We need to ensure that the two centres of power are dealt with. We can not continue to have a premier who is not the [provincial ANC] chair. This creates problems.
“Please can you request Luthuli House ensure that this time the premier is also the chairman of the ANC in the province? If you can’t we ask for you to ensure we have a meeting with the powers that be to communicate our request,” Nkola said.
Nelson Mandela Metro’s Roland Williams said: “The business in my region will fund the ANC but progressive business people need to be part of drafting the supply chain policies of this province.
“They will fund the election campaign of the ANC and ensure it retains its power but the ANC should ensure the [progressive] business people get most of the province’s business.”
Mayibuye Transport Corporation board chairman Vanguard Skhosana, former ANC Nelson Mandela Bay regional chairman Nceba Faku, ANC provincial leadership led by provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane and deputy chairman Sakhumzi Somyo were among those who attended the meeting.
Qoboshiyane called on the business community to defend the ANC and ensure it won the upcoming elections. — email@example.com
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