- President Ramaphosa says he wants competent people in his cabinet to help grow the economy
- He added that his cabinet would be restructured as part of his reform agenda
- Ramaphosa said that he would also be focused on cleaning up government
Cyril Ramaphosa has said that he will appoint officials to his cabinet who will be able to help him in his goal of growing the economy.
This comes as the president is under significant pressure to turn around the economy and reduce the high unemployment rate.
Ramaphosa said he was willing to collaborate with anyone who was also committed to this goal.
Ramaphosa said that he was seeking out people " who have great competence, the great capability to serve the needs of the people of South Africa." He added that his new cabinet would be part of his reform agenda.
This follows speculation that the president may reduce the size of cabinet, getting rid of 9 ministries and 15 ministers. However, the exact figures he will appoint have not yet been revealed.
Additionally, Ramaphosa stressed that his immediate goal was to "clean up" government, according to Eyewitness News.
He said this would involve reforms at several state-owned enterprises such as Transnet and Eskom. He stressed that the latter was too important to fail.
Ramaphosa appears to already be trying to draw in investment to bolster South Africa's sluggish economy, as he spent the day in Westcliff meeting with business people and investors, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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