Ramaphosa 'honoured' by new ANC role

2012-12-21 10:13

Bloemfontein - ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday he was honoured to join the top leadership of the party.

“I was minding my own business, I really did not expect this [appointment],” he joked with guests at The New Age breakfast in Bloemfontein.

“I had responded to the call by the members of the ANC who felt I should come and assist the president.

“I responded to that. It is a real honour for me. It is really humbling to be chosen to do this work. I am filled with great excitement to be working with the president,” he said.

He said it was wrong to say that there were high expectations for him in his new position in the party.

“It is wrong to put expectations on any individual. The ANC does not function like that. We are a collective leadership."

Ramaphosa succeeded deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe on Tuesday at the ANC’s national conference in Mangaung.

Ramaphosa resigned from political positions in 1997, and ventured into business, setting up Shanduka Holdings.

He is also chairperson of the Bidvest Group Limited and MTN, and is the owner of the South African franchises of fast-food outlet McDonald's.

His other non-executive directorships include Macsteel Holdings, Alexander Forbes, Standard Bank and SABMiller.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-12-21 10:17

    He is a capatalist who is now second in line to a socialist state... Would LOVE to be the fly on the wall in his mind right now....

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-12-21 10:27

      It's a sad day for ANC supporters! No more Streetwise Two and T-shirts at political gatherings, it's going to be a Happy Meal and a toy in future. Bye, bye Colonel Saunders, hello Ronald McDonald!

      kndobe - 2012-12-21 10:28

      A government should be both

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-12-21 11:48

      I can picture him now, rubbing his hands with glee, all that taxpayer money to be had!

      piet.boom.90 - 2012-12-21 14:03

      ramaphosa will make a good president.

  • celtis.africana - 2012-12-21 10:17

    Yes Cyril, Your first job is to wipe the arms corruption charges using you powerful connections in the corporate world. Then, sort out the finance for Zuma-City. If you manage to do that and still smile you are the right stuff for president.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-12-21 10:21

    Much better to have a capitalist there than a communist. They understand the difference between profit and loss!

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-21 10:22

    It shows that fighting is not always the answer, if u good everything will come at the right time. God said whatever u going through at the moment he is just preparing u for the future.

  • lownabester - 2012-12-21 10:22

    I think he was the best of all. Hope he uses his business brain and not Zuma's

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-21 11:33

      lownabester. You don't need a business brain, just the right colour.

      lownabester - 2012-12-21 11:47

      True, but since he has the right colour and the brains, it help us, and the broader South Africa.

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  • Retha Roos - 2012-12-21 10:25

    Well he completed a wonderful 'apprenticeship' in the businessworld and are more than ready with a very wide field of expertise to tackle government. I am very excited again for South Africa !!

  • kndobe - 2012-12-21 10:30

    What is the job description of the south african president?

      celtis.africana - 2012-12-21 10:39

      Save the ANC Home improvements Hot arms money Get another wife

  • Successful Nhlamulo Mabilane - 2012-12-21 10:31

    I used to doubt Cyril Ramaphosa when it comes to governance,but lets wait and see what hes capable of

      mnguni.nyaziwe - 2012-12-21 11:28

      unless Zuma starts borrowing money from him but he seems to be a good leader 4 now

  • russellblack.cowan - 2012-12-21 10:32

    If he is next in line for prez of SA, i will personally vote ANC.

      sexyfancyface - 2012-12-21 14:02

      Me too I might be tempted to Black BEE Diamond. He is good news he is able to work with all type of people across the colour line,this country needs SMMEs and he could be a jewel that will take us forward...Viva Cyril...

  • Successful Nhlamulo Mabilane - 2012-12-21 10:35

    I used to doubt Cyril Ramaphosa when it comes to governance but now lets see what hes capable of doing,though Im wondering whether he will resign from his directorships from various companies

  • mzondistanley - 2012-12-21 10:53

    If it was in the ARMY iwould say he is a respected and decorated Five Star general here is an Astute Political Operator of the same Merit as Collins Shabane

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-21 10:57

    He can now take his stealing and robbing to a whole new level!

  • mzondistanley - 2012-12-21 10:59

    I fondly remember CDE Ramaphosa for the Bisho Demonsstration Rally where Boers opened fire on un armed people and he was shouting Lala panzi, lal, lala lala panzi!! And it saved people's lives!! Congratulations CME........

  • mzondistanley - 2012-12-21 10:59

    Wellcome Back home!!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-21 11:03

    I'll be impressed AFTER they succeed, we've been down this happy road many many times post election of some super dude whose supposed to save the day

  • ntebu.mthi - 2012-12-21 11:04

    Yes Cyril the ANC is governed by a collective as you say. What is your strategy going to be when the collective decide on a path that you know is not going to be good for the party or the country? Will you be vocal and try and convince the collective otherwise? Or will you be quiet and let the collection motion be adopted? It is going to be interesting which strategy you take, bearing in mind that your appointment as DP was to infuse some credibility to the ANC top leadership - especially for the investor and business community.

  • Strikeback - 2012-12-21 11:06

    Cyril ordered the tough handling of the Lonmin workers. 34 ended up dead. The mineworkers reacted by saying they would never vote for the ANC again. The ANC supporters reacted by voting for Cyril. Mineworkers - no one cares about you. Any fool can see that!

      sexyfancyface - 2012-12-21 14:07

      Lol strike back the rhetoric of your likes is so tiring. The same miners you so protect and shield equally have blood on their hands. Their actions were barbaric and yes in an sane country the rule of law should apply even when people are disgruntled off course we expect this rhetoric as anything your sick leader Malema says you believe. Wonder what you will do when he is imprisoned he does the thinking for you and you follow suit. You and your Dali Mpofu decided to use that email and interpreted it in a way that suits your sick agenda. What would Cyril benefit from the death of the miners. You should be ashamed of yourself...TRY independent thinking. Populists are a worst ill to society. What has Malema done for the country except causing many to lose their jobs. His day is coming he will shat in his pants that one...

  • popza.nzama - 2012-12-21 11:13

    I congratulate comrade Cyril Ramaphosa for being drawn to the ANC.He joins other fellow comrades who want a better future for all South Africans.It would have been injustices if such brains were not used properly to contribute in shaping our country and GOD would have punished us.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-21 11:32

    He should come in and assist the president. With how to become a billionaire in a few short years?.

  • donaldnorthboi.nkadimeng - 2012-12-21 11:55

    lmao i will never go to toi toi ramaphosa is on board lol

      sexyfancyface - 2012-12-21 14:15

      Maybe that is a good thing. For every strike action more jobs are lost. The mining sector is going to shed over 20 000 jobs in 2013 so who is the winner here and thanks to the strike action. People need to start looking at their own actions and stop expecting the government and others to look out for them when they can hardly look out for their own future, how ironical!

  • tshidada.king - 2012-12-21 13:36

    To hell with Ramaphosa, He failed the University Of Venda which has about 11 000 on earth is he going to save the whole country wich have 50 000 000 people!!!!!!!

      sexyfancyface - 2012-12-21 14:11

      How did he fail them. Cryil is one man who reinvests back to the community.

      sexyfancyface - 2012-12-21 14:13

      Now I believe it that we are jealous of our own successful folks. I find it soo funny that we lash out the likes of Cyril yet we protect the likes of Malema with our sweat and blood.

  • sexyfancyface - 2012-12-21 14:17

    I get shocked everytime when people proclaim to hate capitalists yet the greatest capitalist called Malema they protect with all they have..I guess double standards are such a sad reality of this life..

  • hazelphumzile.mazibuko - 2012-12-21 17:58

    Whites maybe its time you rally behind Zuma. 1. He dealt with the Malema dragon decisively. Malema claim to fame was race baiting and populist economic rhetoric. When Malema started to go off message Zuma cracked the whip 2. He has steered the ANC away from dangerous nationalisation rhetoric 3. For all his supposed lack of education Zuma has shown that he is for responsible and pragmatic economics. His government has been fiscally responsible and SA has not been as affected by the global economic crisis as some of its peers. He has seen the importance of having business friendly figureslike Ramaphosa, Pravin Gordan, Tito Mboweni in his new leadership line up 4. He has said that ANC economic policy making will be around the National Development Plan which even the opposition has said is a good plan So whites - if you know whats good for you cut the guy some slack. Learn lessons from Zimbabwe

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