- President Cyril Ramaphosa has had 60 days in office since he delivered the 2018 State of the Nation Address
- The period immediately after Ramaphosa came to power was marked by renewed hope and optimism with some dubbing it Ramaphoria
- While Ramaphosa remains on track with most of his promises he has failed to deliver on 3 key promises
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When President Cyril Ramaphosa took office the country was caught up in what has become known as Ramaphoria, after years of doom and gloom the new president ushered in a period of renewed hope and optimism.
Ramaphosa delivered the 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 15 February, the speech was a compromise between what had been written for his predecessor and what he wanted to achieve during his presidency.
Ramaphosa delivered a rousing speech which went a long way to ensuring South Africa’s credit rating was not downgraded. He also gave assurances of what his administration hoped to achieve and where he wanted to take the country.
Briefly.co.za gathered that 60 days after the SONA speech Ramaphosa is doing well, not perfectly, but well enough. His administration is on track with most of its promises and goals with the exception of three key items.
Ramaphosa’s administration has failed to pass a new mining charter in the first quarter of 2018. This seems strange considering Ramaphosa’s vast experience in the mining sector.
Ramaphosa has also failed to address the leadership crisis, which currently faces the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). He vowed to bring stability to this critical institution during his speech, but has as yet not appointed a new boss to oversee the NPA.
The much-vaunted minimum wage Bill introduction which was promised to happen on 1 May has been delayed. This could be seen as a positive since most of the major unions in South Africa are strongly opposed to its introduction.
On 26 February, Ramaphosa delivered his highly anticipated cabinet reshuffle. Although it did not go as far as most people hoped, certain key appointments, such as the return of Nhlanhla Nene to the finance portfolio and Pravin Gordhan being appointed as public enterprises minister, were widely applauded.
A total of 10 of former president Jacob Zuma’s former ministers were left out in the cold and a number of ministers were appointed to new portfolios.
Some other notable achievements made by the president in the last 60 days:
• Successfully launched programs to reduce unemployment among the youth
• Clarified how free tertiary education would be funded.
• Ramaphosa has ensured social grant payments would not be compromised by instability at SASSA.
• Intervention into state-owned enterprises and how they operate, Eskom and Denel have new boards.
• Ramaphosa has started sending special envoys around the world to secure foreign investment.
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