KZN is showing leadership – Ramaphosa

2013-01-10 14:30

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was full of praise for KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC and prospective premier Senzo Mchunu during an unscheduled appearance at a provincial education department function today.

Mchunu introduced localised feeding scheme tenders in a bid to spread government spending beyond established corporates.

From an initial seven service providers who provided school meals there were now around 1 000, more than 258 of which were from cooperatives.

“KwaZulu-Natal is showing leadership,’’ Ramaphosa said. “It seems like other provinces will have to learn from you. You are showing the country what can be done in terms of creating economic opportunities for people, especially women.

“The Freedom Charter said the wealth of the country should be shared ... that is what I am seeing here.’’

Ramaphosa is continuing with the party’s mass mobilisation for Saturday’s headline rally in Durban to mark its 101st anniversary.

Ramaphosa was again accompanied by Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba as he took the party’s message to the KwaZulu-Natal faithful weeks after being elected to its number two position.

Ramaphosa first met behind closed doors with provincial and regional leaders in Pietermaritzburg today before making the appearance at the education function at which small business people who had been awarded school feeding tenders were being inducted into the system.

He also conducted a walkabout at Pietermaritzburg’s central taxi rank, where he met with traders and handed out pamphlets advertising the Saturday rally, which will be addressed by President Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa, who also met with business leaders for a luncheon, said small businesses could also help bolster government’s National Development Plan by perfecting their skills and diversifying.

Entrepreneurs should not blow their first government cheque on a Mercedes Benz but rather invest the profits in a new business venture, he said.

Later today, Ramaphosa will meet with ANC cadres for a discussion.

The party’s top six officials will then meet ahead of its National Executive Committee meeting tomorrow at which the January 8 statement to be delivered by Zuma at Saturday’s rally will be endorsed.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

When you combine environment, entrepreneurship and technology its pure genius. Meet the genius behind Eco-Fuel Africa, Sanga Moses.



China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us
Moving short film on ivory trade
10 Tips for Greener Shopping

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


The pace may be slow today and you may struggle to get things off the ground level, but it is important to focus on the more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.