- President Cyril Ramaphosa has been forced to let nearly half of the workers on one of his farms go
- Workers tasked with looking after his Ntabanyoni Farm in Mpumalanga found themselves retrenched last month
- While some were displeased, representatives of the politician insist that it had been a bid to save the farm from liquidation
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Despite his administration focusing on erradicating unemployment, tough economic times seem to have hit President Cyril Ramaphosa's Ntabanyoni Farm.
SowetanLIVE reports that the ANC leader had been forced to retrench 22 of the 46 full-time staff employed at his cattle ranch in Badplaas.
Ramaphosa had travelled to the farm personally to relay the sad news to his staff members, according to the report.
While some were understandably dismayed at the prospect of being unemployed over the festive season, an operation manager had insisted it was a choice between cutting down on staff or losing the farm entirely.
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When business is back on track, the workers will have first pick over new jobs that crop up and in the meantime, the entity has offered to cover a portion of skills training for the former employees.
Ramaphosa farms with a rare breed of cattle on the Mpumalanga ranch. He had imported the cattle, known as Ankole, from Uganda and he is known as the biggest farmer of this kind in South Africa.
In related news about the Pres, Briefly.co.za reported that British Royal Prince Harry gifted Ramaphosa with a portrait of his beloved pastime (the cattle) during his recent visit to the country.
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