- In February 2019 it will be a year since President Ramaphosa took over as leader of SA
- Many South Africans are asking what he's achieved for the country since he took over
- While the changes aren't immediate, the president set in motion many long-term plans
It will soon be a year since Cyril Ramaphosa was elected to take over the reigns from former president Jacob Zuma.
So much has happened since that it is difficult to tell if things have improved or worsened under the new president's leadership.
While many would say things are worse when looking at the petrol hikes and unemployment figures.
However, the bigger picture must be looked at. President Ramaphosa had to take control of a spiralling and chaotic government.
State capture was rampant and out of control, corruption was in control. The South African Revenues Services and other state-owned entities were treated like personal ATMs, and money was wasted without explanation by municipalities, according to a report by The South African.
South Africans are now asking: What has changed?
- In his time as president, Ramaphosa has started to put SA back on the investment map. He managed to make the country look attractive once again to foreign investors.
- President Ramaphosa aims to gain R1.2 trillion in investment over 5 years - an ambitious goal.
- Corruption is one of the biggest problems that the president had to take on.
- Commissions of inquiry have been launched within several SOEs. Those guilty of corruption are being forced to own up to their shady activities.
- The State Capture Inquiry have pulled the masks off many prominent government officials.
Because of his determination to weed out corruption, President Ramaphosa has lost favour with certain factions within the ANC.
This led to the famous rumours of a plot to oust the man. Ramaphosa could have easily gotten rid of those implicated in this plot, but because he knows the importance of unity, he decided to investigate the matter instead.
While the immediate effects of Ramaphosa's plans aren't visible yet, it is clear he has set in motion many changes that will affect South Africa in the long run.
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