- President Cyril Ramaphosa shared a special New Year's message with South Africa
- He reflected on the year and the amazing way South Africans came together to face the challenges of 2020
- He warned that the second wave could be worse than the first and that the pandemic is far from over but 2020 has shown the true meaning of ubuntu
President Cyril Ramapohsa shared a New Year's message with South Africa, discussing how South Africa has made it through an incredibly difficult time as Covid-19 had caused untold damage to South Africa.
However, he said that this has shown how South Africans can work together and help each other through a difficult time, showing the true meaning of ubuntu.
He praised the work of the African Union in helping to coordinate the continent's reaction to the pandemic.
He added that as we say goodbye to 2020, we had to say goodbye to many friends and family members.
In addition, he mentioned that besides Covid-19, many women and children endured violence at the hands of men.
He thanked those people who helped South Africa get through this challenging year, the emergency and health workers, who put themselves at risk to help others.
Adding to this he called on South Africans to not let those sacrifices go to waste and to make responsible decisions and not take unnecessary risks.
Education was also mentioned as the president acknowledged how difficult this year was for learners and educators and thanked teachers and pupils for their hard work.
Ramaphosa did not leave out government either and thanked Parliament, national and local government.
He said that 2021 would be a year of rebuilding the economy and new opportunities which will see the implementation of an ambitious recovery plan, including reforms to energy, travel and communication.
The process of land redistribution would be sped up and more opportunities would be made for those who have previously been excluded.
He reflected on how South Africans had to learn new ways to work, teach and live as Covid-19 changed the way people lived.
Ramaphosa warned that the next year holds the possibility that the second of Covid-19 could be worse than what we have already experienced.
He cautioned that despite the vaccine the pandemic will take some time to end.
Ramaphosa ended by wishing South Africa a happy and healthy 2021.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the year that felt like a never-ending rollercoaster s finally reaching an end. Many people are extremely grateful that they have made it to the end of what seemed like the hardest year of their lives.
With the coronavirus wreaking havoc on just about everything in the entire globe, many people have had to make unbelievable and difficult changes to their lives that were never previously imagined.
A lot of South Africans have subsequently headed online to share their thoughts on the year as it reaches its end. In what can be compared to a giant sigh of relief, they have used the hashtag #Goodbye2020 to reflect on the year that has been dubbed terrible by people across the world.
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