- Ramaphosa earned the award because he reportedly received more media coverage over the year than any other South African
- Over the course of 12 months, Ramaphosa assumed the presidency, launched his Thuma Mina campaign and began major efforts to stimulate the economy
- But his year ahead looks far from easy
The National Press Club has named Cyril Ramaphosa as its Newsmaker of the Year for 2018.
Ramaphosa received the award because he reportedly received more coverage in the media than any other South African figure.
This follows an eventful year for Ramaphosa, which saw him assuming the presidency, launching his Thuma Minda campaign and vowing to turn South Africa around after almost a decade of state capture and economic stagnation.
Among the previous Newsmakers Ramaphosa joins include Nelson Mandela, Charlize Theron, #FeesMustFall and Ramaphosa's predecessor, Jacob Zuma.
The Press Club said that Ramaphosa was a mainstay in South African news, taking centre stage in both political and economic discussions.
Part of the reason for this was Ramaphosa's major push for foreign investment and efforts to stimulate the economy, as well as the sense of optimism - the so-called 'Ramaphoria' - that filled South Africa when he took office.
Now, Ramaphosa has been on the campaign trail, trying to woo voters and unite a divided party. But he still faces a difficult task. There are reportedly many figures within the ANC who are still loyal to the Zuma slate, making it harder for Ramaphosa to lead effectively.
He must also appease voters hungry for radical economic transformation, while at the same time calming worried investors.
Ramaphosa certainly dominated the news in 2018, but it remains to be seen whether he will dominate the year ahead - or if other forces will dominate him.
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