A new dawn for South Africa

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SOUth AfrICA’S

when Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as the Pres­i­dent of South Africa on 15 Fe­bru­ary, South Africans were once again united in joy, peace and hope for a bright fu­ture.

“To­gether, we are go­ing to make his­tory. We have done it be­fore and we will do it again,” said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa.

As South Africa pre­pares to mark the cen­te­nary of the for­mer states­man, South Africans should hon­our Madiba and build the fu­ture that he en­vi­sioned.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa took of­fice as Pres­i­dent fol­low­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s res­ig­na­tion after be­ing re­called by the African Na­tional Congress.

“We should put be­hind us the era of di­min­ish­ing trust in pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions and weak­ened con­fi­dence in lead­ers. We should put all the neg­a­tiv­ity that has dogged our coun­try be­hind us, be­cause a new dawn, in­spired by our col­lec­tive mem­ory of Nel­son Man­dela and the changes that are un­fold­ing, is upon us.

“As we rid our minds of all neg­a­tiv­ity, we should reaf­firm our be­lief that South Africa be­longs to all who live in it,” the Pres­i­dent con­firmed.

Get you know your Pres­i­dent

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa was born on 17 Novem­ber 1952 in Jo­han­nes­burg. His fam­ily was moved from Western Na­tive Town­ship to Soweto in 1962, where he at­tended Tshilidzi Pri­mary School and com­pleted his sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion at Mpha­phuli High School in Sibasa, Venda, in 1971.

In 1972 Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa com­menced his stud­ies at the Univer­sity of the North, where he be­came in­volved in stu­dent pol­i­tics and joined the South African Stu­dent Or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Black Peo­ple’s Con­ven­tion.

He played an im­por­tant role in the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle to en­sure a demo­cratic South Africa.

The Pres­i­dent was de­tained in 1974 for or­gan­is­ing pro-Fre­limo ral­lies that were held to cel­e­brate the in­de­pen­dence of Mozam­bique. Two years later, after the Soweto stu­dent up­ris­ing, he was de­tained again.

In 1982 Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa be­came the first gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers, and he was elected as the African Na­tional Congress (ANC) sec­re­tary gen­eral in 1991. He then be­came head of the ANC team that ne­go­ti­ated the tran­si­tion to democ­racy.

Fol­low­ing the coun­try’s first demo­cratic elec­tions in De­vel­op­ment Plan.

He moved into the pri­vate sec­tor in 1996, and in 2001 founded Shan­duka Group, a di­ver­si­fied in­vest­ment hold­ing com­pany. He re­signed from Shan­duka in 2012, fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment as Deputy Pres­i­dent of South Africa.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa holds a law de­gree from the Univer­sity of South Africa and has re­ceived sev­eral honorary doc­tor­ates from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional univer­si­ties.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa is mar­ried to Dr Tshepo Mot­sepe-Ramaphosa, who was born in Soweto. A med­i­cal doc­tor by pro­fes­sion, she holds a Master’s De­gree in pub­lic health from Har­vard Univer­sity.

Dr Mot­sepe-Ramaphosa is the sis­ter of busi­ness mogul and bil­lion­aire Pa­trice Mot­sepe and Brid­gette Radebe, who is mar­ried to Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency, Jeff Radebe.

The first lady is also the cur­rent chair­per­son of the African Self-Help As­so­ci­a­tion Trust.

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