South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki, says he expects his ruling African National Congress party to do well in local elections Wednesday.
Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Mr. Mbeki specifically predicted his party would win in Cape Town, where the opposition has mounted a strong challenge to the ANC.
The president says he senses enthusiasm for the elections among voters, and that there is a conviction among people that their problems can be addressed.
Last month, the ANC promised to improve basic services and create jobs for the country's poor majority through a new $65 billion spending plan.
The ANC has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party has faced growing dissent over corruption, unemployment and a lack of government services, including water and electricity.Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.