President Cyril Ramaphosa Encourages South Africans to #BuyLocal

President Cyril Ramaphosa Encourages South Africans to #BuyLocal

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged South Africans to start supporting local businesses

- Ramaphosa was speaking at the Annual Proudly South African Buy Local Summit & Expo on Tuesday, 9 March

- The president stated that 'local is lekker' and urged citizens of Mzansi to do their best to buy local

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Speaking virtually at the ninth Annual Proudly South African Buy Local Summit & Expo, President Cyril Ramaphosa urged South Africans to support local products. Ramaphosa stated that the Proudly South African campaign should become a mass movement.

The president wants support for locals in every industry from clothing, food television, and music all the way to using local raw materials in businesses. Continuing with his talk, the president stated that he wants everyone to embrace that 'local is indeed lekker'.

The summit was live on social media on Tuesday, 9 March. Ramaphosa touched on other topics involving SMMEs.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa urges South Africans to #BuyLocal
President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to embrace Mzansi made goods and other services by supporting local. Image: MIKE HUTCHINGS/AFP
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"It is lekker for consumers, for businesses, for jobs, for inclusive prosperity and for our future. I would like this to be a large phenomenal movement. Each one of us can contribute to economic growth by buying local and supporting our SMMEs."

Read some of the responses left under the speech below:

@GlassPearl wrote in response:

"Implementing a basic income grant will be lekker for both the consumer and the SMME, Mr President."

@AnnieAnderson49 responded with:

"I wonder how much of what @CyrilRamaphosa wears, is made locally? Oh yes and @Julius_S_Malema."

@SirgrenN added:

"I fully support this initiative but I feel higher import duties on imported goods will help immensely as these goods will be more expensive and make our South African manufactured goods cheaper thereby promoting buy local-made goods. Also more money for our Cash-strapped South Africans."

In similar news, recently reported on President Cyril Ramaphosa sending well wishes to the women of the country on International Women's Day. This year's theme for International Women's Day is women's leadership and achieving equality in a Covid-19 world.

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President Ramaphosa saluted the resilience and bravery of women frontline workers. Ramaphosa thanked a few specific people in his statement and commended them for their dedication to helping women in South Africa, especially during the global pandemic.

The president stated that the global pandemic demonstrated the ability of women to organise, collaborate, lead and achieve.

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