From the desk of the President: Ramaphosa reaches out to Mzansi

From the desk of the President: Ramaphosa reaches out to Mzansi

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent out his first newsletter, seeking to engage with South Africans

- Ramaphosa said the aim would be to discuss issues that both interest and concern the country

- More importantly, he wants to share what the government is doing the tackle these issues

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has started a new endeavour to reach out to South Africans - a newsletter.

In his first message to the country, the president explained why he had decided to send the nation a weekly message:

"Welcome to the first weekly message ‘From the Desk of the President’. Each week, I will discuss some of the issues that interest and concern South Africans, and talk about the work we are doing in government to tackle these issues. I hope you will find it useful."

The first instalment touched on an issue Ramaphosa says is raised everywhere he goes, focusing on the state of the economy.

Explaining that years worth of 'damage' had been taking time to undo, with confidence flagging as the issues facing the country become clearer.

While Ramaphosa says the nation has a collective common task to 'rebuild the confidence of our people', making moves to implement 'real actions' to bring about change is possible:

"Despite the difficulties, South Africans from all walks of life are still moved by the spirit of Thuma Mina to become involved in fixing our country. They want to change the narrative of doubt to a narrative of opportunity not through clever spin, but through action. South Africans are ready to rise to the challenge."

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Ramaphosa explained that the government had redirected funds to stimulate areas where the majority of the South African population resides:

"This includes finance to support black commercial farmers, the revitalisation of industrial parks in townships and the establishment of a Township Economy Fund. Government is also increasing the value of goods and services it procures from small business and cooperatives. Much work still needs to be done in many of these areas to ensure they have the effect on the economy we seek."

After state capture and corruption funnelling money out of the system, Ramaphosa says government spending has had to be wisely thought out:

"All this work is taking place at a time when government’s finances are under great strain, and there is very little room to increase spending or borrowing. This means that we need to spend our limited resources more smartly, get rid of wastage and shift more resources to infrastructure investment." gathered that despite the magnitude of the challenges at hand, the President is adamant that 'South Africans are ready to rise to the challenge'.

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