(President Jacob Zuma shares a light moment with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the PICC Investment Conference). President Jacob Zuma officially opened the Presidential Infrastructure Investment Conference held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe have each received two nominations to lead the ANC, ahead of voting at the party's Eastern Cape leadership conference in Alice, on Friday.

“The provincial nominations conference is now under way, with delegates motivating nominations of candidates for the top six positions,” ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said at the University of Fort Hare.

Motlanthe was nominated to continue as ANC deputy president by two delegates. Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa was also nominated to be the party deputy by two delegates, as was Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, who received two nominations. ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa received one nomination.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe was nominated to continue in the position by two delegates, as was Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Planning Minister Trevor Manuel and former presidential advisor Joel Netshitenze each received one nomination for the position.

The conference is due to vote on its candidates for the party's top six positions on Friday afternoon. - Sapa