When will the government get back to governing? As usual, the ANC’s calendar is dominating political life at the expense of the government getting anything done. For the past three or so months, ANC leaders have been occupied with ANC provincial conferences. In the few months prior to that it was ANC regional conferences that kept everyone busy. For the year before that it was all about "The Road to Nasrec" as factions slugged it out to compete at the December ANC conference. During that time little if anything of significance was delivered, as government officials and their political principals were paralysed ahead of the outcome. The year ahead doesn’t look much better. Soon the ANC will hold its manifesto conference to prepare for the election as well as a summit with its alliance partners — Cosatu and the South African Communist Party — which will also take up much of leaders’ time. After that, in the last quarter of the year, the ANC will hold list conferences to determine who ...

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