President Ramaphosa wishes South Africans a successful and peaceful new year and hopes to continue on the good that has been accomplished this year.
The government shared a short speech by President Ramaphosa on social media. The president addressed his fellow South Africans to remember the year that was and to head to the new year with hope and belief that the country will enter a new dawn.
Fellow South Africans, as we celebrate the dawn of a new year, we look back on 2018 as a year that marked a new beginning in our shared effort to build a better South Africa.
Ramaphosa remembered the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela that South Africans celebrated, and said it brought the country closer together.
He also reflected on the lives that were lost this year.
During the course of 2018, we bade farewell to several imminent South Africans who had served their people with distinction and commitment. Who had dedicated their talents and their lives, as well as their energies, to building a better South Africa.
President Ramaphosa also addressed state capture and said that 2018 was the year in which it was confronted.
He pointed out that South Africa will celebrate 25 years of freedom in 2019. He then called on South Africans to tolerate each other in the new year.
The president ended by wishing South Africans a successful and peaceful 2019.
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