Ramaphosa optimistic that South Africa is ‘emerging from strife and stagnation’
HOPE had returned to South Africa after a period of “strife and stagnation” made worse by endemic corruption, President Cyril Ramaphosa said this week as he welcomed eight new diplomats – from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Thailand, Peru, Norway, Kuwait and Sri Lanka – to Pretoria.
“Your excellencies, we welcome you to our country at a time of renewed hope.
“We are emerging from a period of stagnation and strife. Over the past few years, our economy has performed poorly,” he said. “We are now firmly on the path of renewal and rebuilding.”
His announcement came shortly after news that the deputy president, cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, the speaker of the National Assembly, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, the deputy speaker, and the deputy chairperson, among others, would not receive salary increases this year. |