- ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa left politics to start his business empire in 1997
- He is the co-founder of the National Union of Mineworkers
- Ramaphosa was the ANC’s chief negotiator with the apartheid regime in the lead up to the 1994 elections
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa will feel like he has finally fulfilled his destiny. He left the party under a cloud of doubt in 1997 to establish his business empire.
While his business dealings have made him one of the top 20 richest people in South Africa, Ramaphosa’s heart has always been more in politics than in business.
Ramaphosa co-founded the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in 1982 and recently led negotiations for the implementation of South Africa’s first minimum wage. Those who know Ramaphosa say he possesses legendary negotiating skills.
Briefly.co.za can confirm that Ramaphosa was the ANC’s chief negotiator with the apartheid regime in the tense years leading up to the first democratic elections of 1994. He was also heavily involved in crafting the Constitution of South Africa.
As a businessman, Ramaphosa served as the Executive Chairman of Millennium Consolidated Investments, non-executive chairman of Johnnic Holdings, MTN Group, SASRIA. He has also been a director at Lonmin, South African Breweries, First Rand Group, Macsteel Holdings, Alexander Forbes and Medscheme Limited.
Ramaphosa severed his business ties when he returned to government in 2014.
On Tuesday Briefly.co.za asked whether Ramaphosa’s business skills would be good for South Africa. Facebook users gave their opinion on the matter. Some compared Ramaphosa to Donald Trump (although thankfully Ramaphosa is more accomplished as a politician than the US president) while others said business and government had nothing in common.
Some users did feel that Ramaphosa’s skills would help him run the country, particularly now that he has been saddled with an ANC top 6 which contains three Zuma loyalists.
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