ANC Tracker

ANC Tracker photograph
Broken promises: 8
Kept promises: 1
  • Not yet assessed
  • Broken
  • Stalled
  • In the works
  • Kept

The African National Congress (ANC) has been in power since 1994. In 2019, it faced South African voters for the sixth time. But what is the status of promises it has made to voters in the last 10 years?

We will open two new universities to students in the next five years

Progress

Kept

When made: January 2014 Where made: ANC manifesto The governing party can remove this promise from its to-do list. In October 2013 there were 23 higher education institutions in South Africa, according to the department of higher education. Of these, 11 were traditional universities and six were universities of technology (former technikons). The remaining six were… Read more »

In the next five years, the ANC will massively expand public works programmes to create 6 million work opportunities

Progress

Broken

When made: January 2014 Where made: Party manifesto A “work opportunity” is paid work on any of the expanded public works programme (EPWP) projects. The EPWP aims to provide “poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed”. Work opportunities can run for any period of time, but typically last a few months. They include… Read more »

Ensure that all schools and health facilities have access to basic infrastructure such as water and electricity by 2014

Progress

Broken

When made: 2009 Where made: Party manifesto A May 2011 report by the department of basic education found thousands of public schools did not have key facilities. Under its Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative programme started in 2011, the ANC provides key infrastructure such as water and electricity to schools. In its 2015/2016 annual plan,… Read more »

An additional 1.6 million homes will be connected to the electricity grid over the next five years

Progress

Broken

When made: January 2014 Where made: Party manifesto In 2014 – when the ANC made this promise – close to 12.8 million households had access to mains electricity, according to Statistics South Africa’s General Household Survey. This increased by 1.3 million households to 14.1 million in 2018 (the latest available data). The mineral resources and energy department (formerly the… Read more »

[In the next five years] a further 1.3 million homes will be installed with solar water heaters, bringing the total to 1.75 million homes, covering more than 7 million South Africans

Progress

Broken

When made: January 2014 Where made: Party manifesto At the start of the 2014/15 financial year, 400,046 solar water heaters had been installed. To keep this promise, the government should have installed at least another 1.3 million solar water heaters by the end of 2018/19. Department of energy (now mineral resources and energy) annual reports record that… Read more »

In the next five years we will eliminate the backlog of title deeds

Progress

Broken

When made: January 2014 Where made: Party manifesto In 2014, the title deed backlog was estimated to be 900,000 to 1.5 million. This was updated to 818,057 in the department of human settlements’ revised strategic plan for 2015 to 2020. The backlog is made up of 83,628 title deeds from before 1994 and 734,429 from after 1994. Dr Mark… Read more »