- Cyril Ramaphosa has made several big promises since taking office
- These include reducing unemployment and rooting out corruption
- However, implementing these reforms will be no easy feat
Cyril Ramaphosa was officially elected as president in his own right on Wednesday.
Since assuming the office from Jacob Zuma in early 2018, Ramaphosa has made several ambitious promises to the South African people.
Here are some of the most relevant parts of the new president's agenda.
One of Ramaphosa's areas of focus has been on South Africa's unemployment, which is among the highest in the world.
To address this, the president has said government has plans in place to create one million new jobs over the next three years in the form of several projects.
Linked to this is Ramaphosa's commitment to up the minimum wage - although this has raised concerns among some economists, who argue that minimum wages exacerbate high unemployment.
Additionally, Ramaphosa has spoken at length about bringing in foreign investment and reinvigorating the economy in general. He has said that government will work hand-in-hand with several stakeholders to achieve this, according to Eyewitness News.
Another major item on Ramaphosa's agenda has been reforming state-owned enterprises.
He has outlined ambitious plans in this regard, such as the ubundling of Eskom, but these have already been met with opposition from trade unions, among other groups, indicating that the president will face an uphill battle in implementing these plans.
Related to this is Ramaphosa' promise to root out corruption. Thus far, little to no action ahs been taken against officials linked to corruption.
However, with the withdrawal of Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane from the ANC's Parliament list, many are hoping that this will change.
Finally, there is the issue of Ramaphosa's Cabinet. The public is waiting with baited breath for him to announce his ministers. There is considerable pressure on the president to appoint a lean, reduced Cabinet staffed by competent individuals who are not linked to corruption.
However, this too may not be an easy task, as Ramaphosa will likely have to balance various competing interests and also appease the pro-Zuma faction in his party.
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