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Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa is a South African politician and the fifth and current President of South Africa. Previously an anti-apartheid activist, trade union leader and businessman, Ramaphosa served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 2014 to 2018. He was later elected President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the ANC National Conference in December 2017. Ramaphosa is the former Chairman of the National Planning Commission, which is responsible for strategic planning for the future of the country, with the goal of rallying South Africa "around a common set of objectives and priorities to drive development over the longer term". Ramaphosa was elected president by the National Assembly to his first full term on May 22 following the ANC's victory in the 2019 South African general election. In 2020, Ramaphosa began serving as Chairperson of the African Union.
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South Africa to parole 19,000 prisoners to curb coronavirusSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday thousands of low-risk prisoners would be granted parole to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in correctional facilities.
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South Africa's COVID-19 crisis strengthens Ramaphosa's economic reform handThe coronavirus crisis that has decimated South Africa's already struggling economy presents President Cyril Ramaphosa with his best opportunity yet for reforming it, analysts say, even if he..
South Africa's Ramaphosa pledges COVID-19 rescue package worth 10% of GDPSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 500 billion rand ($26.3 billion) rescue package on Tuesday, equivalent to 10% of the GDP of Africa's most industrialized nation, to try to cushion..
South Africa to increase welfare provision over coronavirus: RamaphosaSouth Africa will increase welfare provision to help poor households suffering because of a nationwide lockdown aimed at containing the country's coronavirus outbreak, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on..
South Africa's Ramaphosa dismisses call to lift ban on alcohol during lockdownSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday refused to lift a ban on alcohol during a nationwide lockdown set to last until the end of April, brushing off a threat of court action from an..
South Africa's Ramaphosa extends lockdown by two weeksSouth Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday extended a lockdown aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus by two weeks to the end of April.
South African minister disciplined for 'lockdown lunch'South African President Cyril Ramaphosa put the communications minister on "special leave" for two months, one of which will be unpaid, on Wednesday for breaking the rules of a countrywide lockdown and..
S.Africa coronavirus cases exceed 900, Ramaphosa urges G20 aidThe number of coronavirus cases in South Africa jumped to more than 900 on Thursday and President Cyril Ramaphosa called for richer countries to help African nations deal with the economic fallout,..
Ramaphosa tests negative for coronavirus as South Africa to begin lockdownSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for coronavirus after taking the test as a precautionary measure, the presidency said in a statement on Thursday, hours before the start of a..
South African President Ramaphosa tests negative for coronavirus: presidencySouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for coronavirus, the presidency said in a statement on Thursday.
South Africa to impose 21-day lockdown as coronavirus cases jumpSouth Africa will impose a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from midnight on Thursday to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday, as the number of confirmed..
South Africa to implement a 21-day lockdown from midnight Thursday: RamaphosaSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the government would impose a nationwide 21-day lockdown from midnight on Thursday to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
South Africa's Ramaphosa declares state of disaster over COVID-19South African president Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster on Sunday as he announced a range of measures to contain a COVID-19 outbreak that has so far infected 61 and showed the..
South African court clears Ramaphosa of misleading parliament, money-laundering alleged by graft watchdogSouth Africa's High Court on Tuesday cleared President Cyril Ramaphosa of lying to parliament about the source of donations to his 2017 campaign to lead the ruling party, setting aside a potentially..
South African president says coronavirus will hurt tourism, economyThe spread of the coronavirus to South Africa will have a huge impact on travel and a negative impact on the already struggling South African economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.
South African president orders repatriation of citizens in Wuhan over coronavirusSouth Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday ordered the repatriation of his nearly two hundred citizens from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, his..
South Africa's Ramaphosa holds crunch talks on power crisisSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa holds an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday to try and resolve a power crisis that has dented growth in Africa's most industrialized economy and endangers its..
Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan to visit South African townshipBritain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will tour a Johannesburg township on Wednesday before meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nelson Mandela's widow on a busy final day of their tour across..
South African army to stay longer in gang hotspots - RamaphosaSouth African soldiers will patrol gang-ridden Cape Town streets for an extra six months after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday extended their deployment to the end of March 2020.
South Africa's deputy mines minister dies in car accidentSouth Africa's Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Bavelile Hlongwa has died in a car accident, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday.
Gender-based violence and attacks against foreigners grip South AfricaActivists in South Africa are protesting a wave of violence against women after several women were recent raped and brutally murdered. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to implement..
South Africa's Ramaphosa says at least 10 killed in riotsSouth Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday at least 10 people have been killed, two of them foreigners, in a wave of riots and attacks.
Ramaphosa says South Africa must stop attacks on foreigners, nearly 300 arrestedSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa told officials and business leaders on Wednesday that he was committed to quelling attacks on foreigners that have threatened to cast a cloud over an economic..
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South Africa's Ramaphosa wins latest round of legal fight with anti-corruption watchdogPresident Cyril Ramaphosa won the latest round of a legal battle with South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog on Monday, as a judge delayed implementation of findings linked to its claim that he misled..
Ramaphosa asks court to seal certain documents in legal battle: reportsLawyers for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have asked a court to seal financial records held by the country's corruption watchdog because they were obtained unlawfully, online news site Times..
South Africa's Ramaphosa wins court case against anti-graft watchdogSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa won a court case against the anti-corruption watchdog on Thursday over a matter concerning ally Pravin Gordhan, ahead of a fresh battle over findings against the..
South African corruption fighter seen amplifying ANC battlesTo allies of President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog is a wrecking ball who is abusing her office and could derail efforts to clean up government and turn the economy around...
Ramaphosa is 'last hope' for South Africa, Chinese diplomat saysSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa is the "last hope" for Africa's most advanced economy, but his government must turn incentive policies into laws to secure more Chinese investment, a senior..
South Africa's Gordhan wins reprieve from public protector's ordersSouth African minister Pravin Gordhan won a bid to avoid imminent disciplinary action on Monday after a court suspended orders from the public protector, in a relief for ally President Cyril Ramaphosa.
South African court suspends public protector's orders against GordhanA South African court on Monday suspended the public protector's orders for disciplinary action against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, a relief for President Cyril Ramaphosa who is..
I only exchanged pleasantries with Guptas, South Africa's Ramaphosa tells inquirySouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa told an inquiry into state corruption that he had met and exchanged pleasantries in the past with members of the Gupta family, friends of former president Jacob..
South African court ruling could undermine public protectorSouth Africa's top court ruled on Monday that an anti-corruption official who has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of serious misconduct had acted in bad faith when investigating an apartheid-era bank..
South Africa's top court says public protector acted in bad faithSouth Africa's Constitutional Court ruled on Monday that an anti-corruption official who has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of serious misconduct had acted in bad faith when investigating an..
South Africa's Ramaphosa seeks review of 'flawed' graft watchdog reportSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said he will seek an urgent judicial review of what he described as an irretrievably flawed report in which the country's graft watchdog said he misled..
South Africa's Ramaphosa dealt twin blows in anti-graft fightSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa suffered two major setbacks on Friday, when he was accused of misleading parliament and his predecessor Jacob Zuma won significant concessions from a corruption..
South Africa's Ramaphosa says finding he misled parliament 'deficient' in fact and in lawSouth Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday the anti-corruption watchdog's finding that he deliberately misled parliament about donations to his party election campaign was "unfortunate"..
South Africa's graft watchdog finds Ramaphosa deliberately misled parliamentSouth Africa's anti-corruption watchdog said on Friday that President Cyril Ramaphosa had "deliberately misled" parliament about a 500,000 rand ($35,900) donation he received for his 2017 election..