FRESH from the African National Congress (ANC) policy conference, business will be looking for clarity on the outcomes of the four-day talks on key economic issues including the nationalisation of the mines.

ANC President Jacob Zuma said there was broad consensus that the minerals of the country belonged to the people as a whole.

He said mining should promote job creation and that the state "should capture an equitable share of mineral resource rents and deploy them" for development purposes.

At a press briefing after Mr Zuma's closing address national executive committee member Enoch Godongwana told journalists that the ANC had decided against the nationalisation of the mines after "robust debate". He said the state mining company would be involved in particular in strategic minerals "alone or in partnerships".

The ANC Youth League, which was at the forefront of the push for the nationalisation of mines, issued a statement on Saturday welcoming the proposal for the "nationalisation (state ownership) of mines and other strategic sectors of the economy".

The ANC also reaffirmed the economic resolutions adopted at its Polokwane conference in 2007.

Business will be looking for clarity on the mixed messages on key ANC proposals, such as nationalisation. The proposals are set to become policy at the party's national conference in December.

Meanwhile, the ANC's centenary flame, which is criss-crossing SA until December, departed from Gauteng last week, heading for Limpopo - a province set to oppose Mr Zuma's bid for a second term.

Mr Zuma would deliver the centenary lecture in the province later this month. It is run by Cassel Mathale, an ally of expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema. Mr Zuma's reception in the province - in which five provincial departments were placed under administration by the national government - will be interesting to watch.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) youth and its shadow minister of education, MP Annette Lovemore, will lead a protest march in Limpopo today to the offices of the provincial education department.

Ms Lovemore will be accompanied by DA Youth federal chair, Mbali Ntuli, DA Limpopo leader Jacques Small and DA education spokeswoman in Limpopo Desiree van der Walt. The DA is demanding that the department provide every child in Limpopo with all the books they require on time, every year. The opposition party says it is still receiving reports that schools in the province have not received their books or had received incomplete or incorrect batches of books.

The provincial education department was among those placed under administration last December, but it failed to take over the responsibility of providing textbooks to schools.

Education Minister Angie Motshekga was compelled to supply the books through court action taken by legal organisation Section 27.

The deadline, already extended, was last week.

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