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KZN to host ANC January 8 Statement: Ramaphosa

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The ANC’s January 8 Statement rally will be held in KwaZulu-Natal. The party will also on the same day unveil its election manifesto.

President Cyril Ramaphosa told this to party volunteers who braved inclement weather conditions and walked with him at Esikhaleni Township outside Empangeni on the north coast.

He will also hand over 4 586 hectares of land to the community of KwaMkhwanazi.

The community was disposed of their land before the Native Land Act of 1913.

Ramaphosa thanked the community for being prepared to host the ANC January 8 rally.

He says: “That is going to be the biggest rally where we will be presenting the manifesto. There is no great honour in the ANC for a province to be given that responsibility of not only hosting the January 8 rally but to be hosting the January 8th where we will launch the manifesto.”

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Ramaphosa authorizes SIU investigation into several municipalities

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorized the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) to investigate serious irregularities in several municipalities and government departments.

The national Department of Public Works‚ the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport and the two Eastern Cape metro municipalities – Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City – are among those under investigation.

Ramaphosa signed the broad range of proclamations in Pretoria.

The SIU will among others investigate the procurement of goods and or services in a manner that was not fair, competitive, transparent, equitable or cost-effective contrary to the applicable legal framework.

Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip has welcomed the announcement of a series of investigations by the Special Investigative Unit into municipalities including the Nelson Mandela Metro.

Trollip says R8.8 billion of irregular expenditure, as noted by the Auditor General this week, must be the focus of the investigation.

He says it was spent by previous administrations who failed to preserve relevant documentation.

Trollip says the SIU must carry out its mandate and support the coalition government to clean up years of maladministration.

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Peace and stability tops Ramaphosa’s agenda

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Issues of peace and security in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and economic cooperation featured prominently in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first official trip abroad.

Ramaphosa is on a three nation tour of Angola, Namibia and Botswana.

South Africa is also the chairperson of SADC and Angola chairs the Troika organ on Defence, peace and security.

Whilst they did discuss a number of issues, the President said this was largely an introductory trip to his colleagues.

Ramaphosa who was accompanied by the newly appointed International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula was welcomed with formal proceedings in Angola.

Economic cooperation between the two regional giants was also part of the discussions. Businesses from both sides have been urged to take advantage of the growing relations.

The two countries have abolished visas for their citizens travelling into each other’s countries.

President Ramaphosa also travels to Namibia and Botswana.

 

 

 

 

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‘Client service at Home Affairs offices should be a priority’

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Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department needs to reposition itself in order to play a role in economic development in the country. He said the improvement of client service at the offices has to be a priority. “The department must be repositioned to play a role in economic development in the country. One
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Ramaphosa urges ANC members to emulate Madiba

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African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has appealed to the membership of his party to draw inspiration from the wisdom of late struggle icon, Nelson Mandela when they confront the issue of the future of President Jacob Zuma as Head of state.

Speaking outside the Grand Parade, from the same balcony where Nelson Mandela spoke after his release from Victor Verster prison in 1990, Ramaphosa told thousands of the party faithful that Zuma’s exit should be handled with care.

“As the leadership of the African National Congress, we are currently engaged in discussions around the transition to a new administration, and specifically, to resolve the issue of the position of the President of the Republic of South Africa. It is therefore important that we should manage the discussions that are underway with care and purpose, ensuring that we put the interest of South Africa first. It’s therefore important that we should draw deep from Madiba’s wisdom and Madiba’s style of doing things, in an orderly manner, in a purposeful manner… we’re doing all this with the key of uniting all our people.”

Ramaphosa called for a decision that will unite the party.

 

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Tony Leon gets tongue lashing for calls to support Ramaphosa

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal has lashed out at its former leader Tony Leon for calling on the party to support the newly elected ANC leadership.

Leon told DA supporters in Chatsworth that Ramaphosa’s election is a game changer. He says the party needs to be open and generous to Ramaphosa for making the fight against state capture and corruption his primary job.

“We have got to start off by recognising that there has been a big change in the political weather. When a hurricane comes your way you must change tactics from when there was a drought and I think Ramaphosa has actually renewed people’s hopes,” said Leon.

KwaZulu-Natal DA leaders have hit out at Leon and say his statement does not represent the views of the party. They say it is not the time to confuse and demotivate supporters as they are on the cusp of taking over the government of the country.

“As the leadership of KZN there is no way we can allow a situation where a former leader of this party to come to our province, engage our members and tells them things will be changing just because Ramaphosa is in power. We do not believe Ramaphosa will do anything for our country,” said KZN leader, Zakele Mncwango.

Leon also used the platform to call on President Jacob Zuma to vacate office and to make it easier to start rebuilding the economy.

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ANC needs stalwarts like Madikizela-Mandela to find its way: Ramaphosa

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African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa says the party needs stalwarts like Winnie Madikizela Mandela to find its way back to the masses.

The ANC’s leadership says reconnecting with stalwarts will help them draw inspiration  as they embark on the journey to “renew” the ruling party.

On Monday night, Ramaphosa accompanied and the top six officials paid a courtesy visit to struggle icon home in Soweto.

The visit is part of a programme by the officials to honour living and past stalwarts of the organisation.

Ramaphosa says they can learn a lot from the elders of the party.

Meanwhile, Madikizela-Mandela says the ANC Women’s League did not work hard enough to convince party members to vote in more women into the top leadership.

She says while she is confident about the ANC’s new leadership, the Women’s League has a lot of work to do over the next five years leading to the next Elective Conference.

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‘Like the struggle, our memories of Bra Willie refuse to be erased’

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African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa said that the best tribute that the public could pay to poet Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile was to read his poems. “The best tribute we can pay to a poet is to read his poetry, to be transported by his imagery. Like the struggle, our memories of Bra
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Poet Kgositsile was brave and committed: Ramaphosa

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South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa paid homage to poet and political activist William Keorapetse Kgositsile on Tuesday, describing him as committed, brave and never deterred by the brutal apartheid regime.

After the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, activists streamed out of the country to wage a fierce fight against apartheid from abroad.

In 1961, the year in which the African National Congress (ANC) established its military wing uMkhonto We Sizwe (MK), he was one of the young cadres sent into exile.

“The ANC leadership recognised his potential to be the envoy that would amplify the voice of the liberation movement throughout the world,” Ramaphosa said as he delivered a eulogy at the official funeral of the revered poet laureate in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

“He associated himself with people’s resistance struggle at an early age, dating back to the 1950s when he became a member of the ANC.

He was not discouraged and forever remained committed and brave.”

Kgositsile was one of the trusted ANC cadres, and one of the foremost intellectuals, Ramaphosa added.

Kgositsile died after a short illness on January 3, aged 79. He left South Africa aged 23 and returned after the unbanning of political parties when he was in his 50s. Kgositsile was popularly known by his pen name Bra Willie.

He was inaugurated in 2006 as South Africa’s second national poet laureate after the first national poet laureate Mazisi Kunene.

He was also a recipient of the National Order of Ikhamanga for his contribution to literature.

Kgositsile was an internationalist of note who touched the lives of many through his poetry and political activism, and his death has reverberated across the globe.

In his three decades of exile, Kgositsile fought injustices through his poetry, teachings and publications.

He lived in several countries, including the United States, Botswana, Tanzania and Kenya.

Upon his return to South Africa following the jettisoning of the apartheid regime in 1994, Kgositsile worked with several academic and government institutions.

In his lifetime, he mentored countless cultural practitioners, academics and political activists.

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