President Cyril Ramaphosa has made the Times100 list for 2019 as one of the world's most influential leaders. Here's a look at the president's life and achievements to date.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has been heralded by the Times as one of the most influential leaders worldwide.
According to the list, Ramaphosa perfected 'the art of patience', making a fortune in business after being sidelined for the presidency in the 1990s.
"Now finally, at 66, Ramaphosa, or Cyril, as he’s known to South Africans, has the chance to end corruption and grow the stalled economy. That could be his toughest battle yet. Blackouts, grinding poverty and massive unemployment have left millions desperate for quick results."
So who is the man behind the mask? Ramaphosa was born in Soweto, Joburg on 17 November, 1952. He attended primary school in the township before matriculating in Venda, where he had headed the Student Christian Movement.
He registered to study law at the University of the North in Limpopo, where he had become involved in student politics and joined the South African Students Organisation.
Armed with his degree, Ramaphosa had joined the Council of Unions of South Africa as an adviser. Later on, Ramaphosa had helped leading up to the formation of the Congress of South African Trade Union ( COSATU).
Following his release he worked as a law clerk for a Joburg firm and continued with his studies, eventually obtaining his law degree in 1981.
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Armed with his degree, Ramaphosa had joined the Council of Unions of South Africa as an adviser. Later on Ramaphosa had helped leading up to the formation of the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU).
In 1986, Ramaphosa had been a part of COSATU's delegation, which converged in Lusaka to meet with the African National Congress.
The president went on to become the Secretary General of the party he now presides over - the ANC. In 1997, when he lost the chance to become president to Thabo Mbeki, he resigned from politics and moved his attention to the private sector.
Here, before returning to become president, Ramaphosa carved out quiet the life for himself, becoming one of the country's richest men, with an estimated worth of R6.4 billion.
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