South Africa's President Jacob Zuma celebrates his re-election as Party President at the National Conference of the African National Congress (ANC) in Bloemfontein December 18, 2012.

The ANC has undertaken to overcome poverty and unemployment in the next five years, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

“The ANC will transform the economy to address basic needs of our people, especially women and children.”

The ANC welcomed the National Development Plan as a “critical base” for development to build a prosperous South Africa, he said.

The state would continue to lead in infrastructure development to help fight unemployment. - Sapa