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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 African president says lockdown to ease from June 1President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday a further easing of South Africa's coronavirus lockdown from June 1, allowing the vast majority of the economy to return to full capacity.
Africa backs WHO, needs help with debt relief, supplies: RamaphosaSouth Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that Africa affirms its "full support" for the World Health Organization (WHO) which he said had been key in guiding the international response..
South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa jokes about arrest for breaking coronavirus rulesCyril Ramaphosa says "come, before we get arrested" to fans who get close to take a photo.
South Africa to ease coronavirus restrictions cautiously: RamaphosaSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday he aimed to further ease restrictions imposed to curb the new coronavirus, but places with the most infections likely would remain into June on..
South Africa's Ramaphosa to discuss easing COVID-19 restrictions further by end-MaySouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that his government would start talks on moving most of the country to "alert level 3" COVID-19 restrictions by the end of May, from the..
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.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa mocked over face mask strugglesPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has problems putting on a mask after urging South Africans to wear them.
Coronavirus: South Africa to ease lockdown restrictionsPresident Cyril Ramaphosa announces plan to reopen the economy but warns of new infections.
South Africa to begin phased easing of lockdown on May 1South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday government will allow a partial reopening of the economy on May 1, with travel restrictions eased and some industries allowed to operate under..
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: 'Our children are dying, but President Ramaphosa doesn't care'South Africa's leader Cyril Ramaphosa is accused of inaction over a spate of child murders.
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 Cyril Ramaphosa over donationThe high court dismisses the public protector's findings over a donation to President Ramaphosa.
S.African court clears Ramaphosa of misleading parliamentJohannesburg: South 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..
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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..
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President Ramaphosa to host Germany's Angela Merkel on state visitJohannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa is on Thursday set to host German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will be in South Africa for a two-day state visit. Merkel was invited by Ramaphosa after..
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..
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Nigeria's President Buhari visits South Africa amid tensions over xenophobiaBuhari is on a visit to South Africa for talks with his counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa after violent attacks on Africans living in the country created bad blood between citizens of the two African..
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South Africa violence against women 'like a war', says RamaphosaSouth Africa's president says urgent action is needed amid a spike in murders and rapes.
South Africa apologises to Nigeria over xenophobic attacks"President Buhari responded to profuse apologies from the South African president, pledging that the relationship between the two countries will be solidified," a statement from his office said. At the..
Pik pgs Nigeria, Xenophobia and Ramaphosa’s apologyTuesday by Reuben Abati We are told that South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa apologised on Saturday for the xenophobic attacks against foreigners living in South Africa, particularly persons..
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..