Ramaphosa puts focus on land during Free State Freedom Day speech

Ramaphosa puts focus on land during Free State Freedom Day speech

- Land redistribution and the need for a living wage were both highlighted in his Freedom Day speech in the Free State

- Promising the government is working on implementing measures to empower young South Africans and restore radical economic transformation

- He included his view that R20 and hour would not serve adequately as a living wage

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Briefly.co.za noted that President Cyril Ramaphosa used the occasion of his Freedom Day address to explain that freedom was still not a reality.

Ramaphosa said that until land that was taken away from black South Africans is returned freedom will not have been fully realised.

“Land is energy, economic value and it’s social power, it must be unlocked and be put to good use,” said Ramaphosa in his Freedom Day address in the the Free State.

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The president said government is actively working on the implementation of radical economic transformation, by empowering young South Africans and through free higher education.

“They want this important resource land to be shared as it is set out in the Freedom Charter,” said Ramaphosa speaking at the government's Free State's Freedom Day celebrations

Ramaphosa also spoke about the topic of the introduction of a proposed minimum living wage.

The topic has caused some controversy of late. Strike action throughout the country last week over the proposed introduction at 1 May has delayed its introduction.

The president conceded that more needs to be done to make sure people earn sufficiently. “The struggle for a living wage must be engaged, R20 an hour is not a living wage. We want our people to earn more money,” he said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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