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Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of the Presidential Inauguration, Union Buildings, Tshwane
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Your Majesties, Kings and Queens,
Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government,
Former President Thabo Mbeki and Mrs Mbeki,
Former President Kgalema Motlanthe and Mrs Motlanthe,
All former Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished representatives of respective countries and of international organisations,
Speaker of the National Assembly,
Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces,
The Chief Justice of the Republic,
Premiers, MECs and Mayors,
Members of Parliament,
Leaders of political parties,
Religious and traditional leaders,
Ambassadors and High Commissioners,
Veterans of our struggle,
Distinguished Guests, 

Fellow South Africans, 

Today, we gather under this vast Highveld sky at the seat of our government, the Union Buildings, to witness before all South Africans and our honoured guests from various countries on our beloved continent and from far afield a fundamental rite of our democracy.

In our brilliant diversity, we gather to affirm our solemn conviction that this country belongs to all who live in it, as articulated in the Freedom Charter almost seventy years ago.

We gather here, as people born of the same soil across our nine provinces that make up a unitary South Africa, determined that by our deeds we shall heal the divisions of our past, and overcome the ongoing inequalities and hardships of the present.

We declare for all to know that neither discord nor dissent shall cause us to cast aside that which calls us to build a united, free, just, equal and prosperous nation.

On this day, we assert by solemn oath the will of the people of this land.

We affirm our unwavering fidelity to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which is based on the enduring vision and values of the Freedom Charter.

As the leadership of this diverse nation, we have a sacred duty to unite the people of South Africa. 

We affirm that history has placed on our shoulders the responsibility to transform our country into a non-racial and non-sexist society. 

We affirm our determination to build a more equal and caring society. 

We affirm our resolute quest to build a growing and inclusive economy that offers opportunities and livelihoods to all people. 

We rededicate ourselves to the task of democratic renewal and social and economic transformation so that no one is left behind.

And so, as we enter another era in the life of our nation, the resilience of our democracy has once more been tested and the people have spoken loudly that they choose peace and democracy over violent, undemocratic and unconstitutional methods. 

In their multitude, in voices that are many and diverse, the people of South Africa have voted and made known their wishes, their concerns and their expectations. 

We accept and respect the results of the elections and we once again say the people have spoken. Their will shall be done without any doubt or question. 

The voters of South Africa did not give any single party the full mandate to govern our country alone. 

They have directed us to work together to address their plight and realise their aspirations. 

They have expressed their appreciation of the progress in many areas of their lives over the past 30 years of democracy. 

They have also been unequivocal in expressing their disappointment and disapproval of our performance in some of the areas in which we have failed them.

They want a transformed, growing and inclusive economy that creates jobs for millions of job seekers and offer business opportunities to all entrepreneurs in our nation – women and men, young and old.

The people have been clear about what they want.

They want a South Africa in which all may find shelter in our democratic Constitution and may find protection in our courts.

They have described a country in which all may rise above the circumstances of their birth, nurtured by loving families, aided by a caring state and empowered by initiative, will and hard work.

Through their votes they have made clear that they want the basic necessities of a life that is comfortable, happy, healthy and secure.

Through their votes they asserted that they want enough food to eat. Water that is clean. Affordable electricity that is available at all times. 

They want decent homes that keep out the wind, the rain and the cold. 

They want well-maintained roads and street lights that work.

The people of South Africa have asked no more than to be properly cared for when they are sick, they want the young to be taught well, for the elderly to be cared for, and for those without work to work.

The people of South Africa have spoken about the land they want to farm, about the businesses they want to run, about the things and products they want to make, about the skills they want to learn.

They have spoken of their desire to be safe in their homes, on the street, in their cities, in their villages and on their farms.

The people have demanded an end to the theft of public funds and the capture of the state.

Above all, the people of South Africa have stressed that they are impatient with political bickering and the endless blame game among politicians and political parties. 

They want us to put their needs and aspirations first and they want us to work together for the sake of our country. 

Today I stand before you as your humble servant to say we have heard you. 

As the President of the Republic, I will work with everyone to reach out and work with every political party and sector that is willing to contribute to finding solutions to the challenges our country faces as we transition to a new decade of freedom.

Thirty years have passed since we turned our back on racial tyranny and embraced an open and democratic society.

We have made great strides in building a new society that is founded on strong democratic institutions and universal freedoms.

We have built a transformed public service, an independent judiciary, a competitive electoral system, a sophisticated economy, a vibrant and free media, and a robust civil society.

And yet despite this progress, our society remains deeply unequal and highly polarised. There are toxic cleavages and an incipient social fragmentation that can easily turn into instability. 

The lines drawn by our history, between black and white, between man and woman, between suburbs and townships, between urban and rural, between the wealthy and the poor, remain etched in our landscape.

In places, these lines may have faded, but they have not disappeared.

We are citizens of one country and yet we occupy different worlds, separated by high walls and great distances.

We are divided between those who have jobs and those who do not work; between those who have the means to build and enjoy a comfortable life and those who do not.

And so today is no ordinary day.

It is a moment of fundamental consequence in the life of our nation. 

It is a moment when we must choose to either move forward together or risk losing all we have built.

In this moment we must choose to move forward;
 
to close the distances between South Africans and to build a more equal society; 

to translate the promise of our Constitution and the vision of the Freedom Charter into a reality for all.

This moment requires extraordinary courage and leadership.

It requires a common mission to safeguard national unity, peace, stability, inclusive economic growth, non-racialism and non-sexism.

Through the ballots that they have cast, the people of South Africa have made plain their expectation that the leaders of our country should work together.

They have directed their representatives to put aside animosity and dissent, to abandon narrow interests, and to pursue together only that which benefits the nation.

As leaders, as political parties, we are called upon to work in partnership towards a growing economy, better jobs, safer communities and a government that works for its people.

From across the political spectrum, parties have answered that call.

Understanding that no party can govern alone and make laws alone, these parties have agreed to work in partnership, to employ their talents for the good of the country and the progress of its people.

Together, they have resolved to establish a government of national unity to pursue a common programme of fundamental and lasting change.

The formation of a government of national unity is a moment of profound significance. It is the beginning of a new era.

As the leaders of this country came together in a government of national unity 30 years ago to forge a common future and build a united nation, the parties in the government of national unity of today have agreed to work together to address the most pressing challenges before our nation.

The parties have adopted a Statement of Intent, in which they have committed to pursue rapid, inclusive and sustainable economic growth;

to create a more just society by tackling poverty;

to safeguard the rights of workers;

to stabilise government and to build state capacity.

The parties have made a commitment to invest in South Africa’s people through quality education and health care;

to address crime and corruption;

to strengthen social cohesion and build a united nation; and,

to pursue a foreign policy based on human rights, solidarity and peace.

As South Africans, we must each do what we can to achieve this mission.

We will invite all parties, civil society, labour, business and other formations to a National Dialogue on the critical challenges facing the nation. 

We will seek, as we have done at so many important moments in our history, to forge a social compact to realise the aspirations of our National Development Plan. 

As individuals, as families, as communities and in our many formations, let us draw on our every strength to turn our dream for a better South African into reality.

Even as we are united in our diversity, we are a people of deep and abiding faith. 

We pray for our nation, for our spirits to be lifted, and for our fortunes to be restored.

We owe this noble mission our courage.

We must be brave and we must be bold.

This is a new tide that heralds progress, transformation and deep, fundamental change.

We look to this rising tide with optimism and hope. 

We must reject every attempt to divide or distract us, to sow doubt or cynicism, or to turn us against one another.

Those who seek to stand in our way, those who seek to inflame tensions, will not succeed, because South Africans are resolute.

Those who seek to undermine our institutions will fail, because democracy lives in the hearts of our people and never be dislodged.

Nothing will distract us from serving the people and advancing their interests.

Now is the time to move forward. Together, we will do more and better.

Now is the time to assemble all our capabilities and to direct all our energies to answer the call of the people of South Africa.

We dare not linger, we dare not rest, until we have created jobs for those who need them;

until there is enough food on every table;

until every person in every town, city, village and farm receives the basic services they need for a decent life.

We dare not rest until the women of South Africa are free from the social, cultural and economic constraints that hold back their progress.

We cannot rest until criminals are off our streets and the drugs are out of our communities;

until men no longer perpetrate violence against women and children;

until those who steal from the people are held to account.

We dare not rest while our communities are ravaged by flood, fire and drought.

Together, we will confront the threat of a rapidly warming planet.

We will accept our responsibility to respond to climate change in a manner that is ambitious, just and inclusive.

We do this for the sake of this generation and all those that will follow.

We will build a government that is capable and honest.

Together, we will work to promote multilateralism for a fairer, more equal, more just and more compassionate world, founded on solidarity and universal human rights.

We will join hands with our brothers and sisters across our beloved continent Africa to find peace, to achieve stability, to advance development.

Through the African Continental Free Trade Area, through the construction of roads, and rail lines, factories and power stations, Africa will embark on a new age of production and commerce.

Today, I make a solemn commitment to be a President for all South Africans;

to defend our Constitution and protect our democracy;

to work with all those who share the dream of a better life for all;

to care for the poor and the vulnerable, and to support all those who are in need;

and to make our country stronger, more resilient, more equal and united.

This is the dream that the poet Sandile Dikeni describes in his work ‘Love Poem for my Country’:

My country is for health and wealth
See the blue of the sea
And beneath the jewels of fish
Deep under the bowels of soil
Hear the golden voice of a miner’s praise for my country

My country is for unity
Feel the millions
See their passion
Their hands are joined together
And there is hope in their eyes

On this day, our hands are joined together. We are united. We are full of hope.

May God bless South Africa and protect its people.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.
Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso. 
God seën Suid-Afrika. 
Mudzimu fhatutshedza Afurika.
Hosi katekisa Afrika.

I thank you.
 

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President’s Oath of Office, Inauguration 2024, Union Buildings
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In the presence of everyone assembled here, and in full realisation of the high calling I assume as President of the Republic of South Africa, I,


MATAMELA CYRIL RAMAPHOSA,


swear that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa, and will obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other law of the Republic;
and I solemnly and sincerely promise that I will always-
• promote all that will advance the Republic, and oppose all that may harm it;
• protect and promote the rights of all South Africans;
• discharge my duties with all my strength and talents to the best of my knowledge and ability and true to the dictates of my conscience;
• do justice to all; and
• devote myself to the well-being of the Republic and all of its people.

So help me God.
 

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Presidential Inauguration 2024
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The Inauguration of President-Elect Cyril Ramaphosa will take place at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, tomorrow following his re-election by Parliament on Friday, 14 June 2024.
 
The swearing-in of the President-Elect will be conducted by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in the Union Buildings’ Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.
 
The ceremony will be witnessed by South African and international guests, including South African royalty, Members of Parliament, representatives of political parties, leaders of organised labour, business and civil society organisations, religious leaders and South Africans who have excelled in various capacities and endeavours.
 
Attendees will include representatives of regional, continental and international organisations and bodies such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN).
 
President-Elect Ramaphosa will also be honoured by the attendance of a number of Heads of State and Government and former Heads of State and Government from different regions of Africa as well as other world regions.
 
To date, 18 Heads of State and Government, three former Heads of State and Governmen,t and nine Heads of Delegation are expected to attend. Additional confirmations are being received.

Countries that will be represented at a high level at the Inauguration include the Kingdom of eSwatini and Kingdom of Lesotho; the Republics of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola and Tanzania; the Republic of Uganda; the People’s Republic of China; the Arab Republic of Egypt; the State of Palestine and the Republic of Cuba.
 
The theme for the occasion is “30 Years of Democracy, Partnership and Growth”.
 
The programme for the day will commence with a cultural programme for members of the public on the South Lawns of the Union Buildings at 09h00.
 
The cultural programme is a platform for local artists to showcase their talent and for us as a nation to share South Africa’s cultural diversity with our guests.

This production will feature a combination of music genres and other cultural and artistic performances that will have a cross-over appeal that reflects our achievements in the past 30 years of our democracy.
 
During the formal proceedings from 11h00, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will perform the ceremonial elements of the Inauguration as a demonstration of allegiance to the Republic and the Commander-In-Chief. The ceremonial elements will include:

* a 21-gun salute,
* A salute flight by the South African Air Force (SAAF),
* Inspection of a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Battalion,
* A Battalion march past, and
* A massed fly past.
 
The newly sworn-in President of the Republic will deliver his Inaugural Address.
 
President-Elect Ramaphosa first became President of the Republic following the resignation of President Jacob Zuma in February 2018.
 
Following the 2019 National and Provincial Elections, President Ramaphosa was elected by the National Assembly as President of the Republic.
 
President Ramaphosa was re-elected by the National Assembly on 14 June 2024.
 
The Presidential Inauguration will be broadcast and streamed on a broad range of platforms nationally and internationally and The Presidency invites South Africans to follow this event.
 
Members of the public are advised to note that tomorrow, Wednesday, 19 June 2024, is a normal working day.
 
People travelling to the event and to Pretoria on other business are advised to visit www.gov.za and www.tshwane.gov.za for information on road closures in the Rietondale/Arcadia area, and to follow traffic updates on radio and television broadcasts. 

 

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President, on media@enquiries.gov.za

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

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Remarks by the Deputy President at the Entsika Foundation Empowerment and Excellency Fellowship
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Programme Directors
Professor Zakhele Mkhize, Chairperson of the Entsika Foundation;
Minister of Basic Education, Ausi Matsie Motshekga;
Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure South Africa, Mr Sihle Zikalala;
Deputy Minister of COGTA, Mr Parks Tau;
The youth of South Africa

I am aware that you have had an intense programme over the past few days focusing on critical topics under  the broad theme, Black Empowerment, Fighting Poverty and Economic Outlook, Innovations in Digital Technology, Leadership, Education, Health, Future of Work, Government Policies and their Impact on Black Empowerment. 

These are critical issues that are facing our country and I will ask Professor Mkhize and his team to give me the report of the dialogue so I can take it to government for implementation especially as we start the 7th Administration. 

I have just returned from Limpopo where I addressed the 48 anniversary commemoration of the 1976 Uprising.

Interestingly this year’s youth day celebrations coincide with the recognition of Fathers. Indeed Fathers play an important role in our society and as such we must celebrate them. Happy Fathers’ Day to all the fathers. We have agreed at home that we will celebrate Fathers’ Day tomorrow because of the Youth Day engagements. 

We have just returned from Cape Town where we voted for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker and more importantly voted President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa to be the President of South Africa.

We have also witnessed a peaceful election in our country and as such the ANC as the governing party has accepted the outcomes of the  elections. This is an important sign of our maturing democracy.

We need to ensure that we continue on this path so that we build a strong and stable country wherein the economy grows inclusively and creates much needed opportunities for the youth.

One of the successes of any government is to partner with civil society and the private sector. We have decided to join Entsika Foundation because of its commitment to producing skills of the future which our country desperately needs. I am also here because I Chair the Human Resources Development Council responsible for skills revolution in our country. Its success is as a result of the partnerships we have created with the private sector as well as institutions of higher learning. 

We are right in the fourth industrial revolution and artificial intelligence as a key driver in our socio-economic development. As a result we are investing in teaching robotics at ECD level and also are investing in teaching artificial intelligence so as to become globally competitive.

Our education system as you can all appreciate is evolving, what we used to be taught before 1994 has substantially improved.

In this regard I would like to thank and congratulate Entsika Foundation for the excellent work you have been doing over the years. We are your partners. 

At the centre of our curriculum development is Ausi Matsie. 

When Professor Mkhize siad that I should join you today because among others you will be honouring Minister Motshekga I thought I will not miss the opportunity.

Ausi Angie congratulations, thank you for investing in the future of our country. I know you love education hence you have since in Gauteng, even at Wits University served our country by working in the education portfolio. To you the youth of our country, I assure you that the future is bright but you need to work with us as the government to ensure that we continue to build a country that is globally competitive.

Thank you for the opportunity to be with you.

Happy Fathers’ day and Happy Youth Day! 
 

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Keynote address by Deputy President Shipokosa Paulus Mashatile at the National Youth Day Commemoration, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
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Programme Directors, Ms. Maropene Ramokgopa, the Acting Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture, and Ms Nakedi Grace Kekana, the MEC for Sport, Arts, and Culture; 
Premier of Limpopo, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba;
Speaker of Limpopo Province, Ms Mmakoma Makhurupetje;
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr. Ronald Lamola;
Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture, Ms Nocawe Mafu;
Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Ms Tolashe;
Ministers and Deputy Ministers Present;
The Executive Mayor of Polokwane Local Municipality; Councillor John Mpe;
The Executive Mayor of Capricorn District Municipality, Councillor Mamedupi Teffo;
Ms. Asanda Luwaca; Chairperson of the NYDA, and the leadership of the NYDA;
The CEO of the Youth Employment Service, Mr Ravi Naidoo;
Leaders of Political parties here present;
Leaders of all youth formations;
Young people of South Africa,

Thobela! Avuxeni! Ndi Matsheloni! Molweni! Dumelang!

The national youth day this year takes place on the day we are also celebrating Father’s Day. We urge you to continue to support your children and families. Your role is beyond your immediate children and families. We also urge the children and families to spoil your fathers today. 

It is my honour to address this Youth Day celebration in a place named after one of our country’s greatest sons, Peter Ramoshoana Mokaba, the Lion of the North, who is also known for his role as a leading voice among the youth in the struggle against apartheid. 

Today, we remember and salute him and the brave youth who fought for liberation. These warriors showed unwavering determination and were willing to risk their lives against the oppressive regime. 

The uprisings especially in 1976 were a powerful statement of the youth's desire for change and a better future.

It was a brave act of defiance against a system that sought to suppress their potential and destroy their dreams. The ideals for which they lived and died should serve as a great source of inspiration for all of our country's youth as they pursue inclusive economic growth.

As we traverse the economic challenges, we urge the youth to adopt the same attitude as Hector Peterson, Mbuyisa Makhubu, Tsietsi Mashinini, and all the youth of 1976, whose sacrifices gave birth to our political freedom. Their efforts have set us on the right path towards a South Africa that is non-racial, non-sexist and democratic.
It is because of their contribution we were able to vote in the 7th National and Provincial Elections, in which more than 16 million South Africans exercised their democratic right to vote without fear or intimidation.

On the 14th of June, we witness the ushering in of the 7th Parliament through the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, more importantly we elected two women whom we are confident that will lead our parliament to greater heights. 

Equally we witness the very motto of our country being put into practical action, unity in diversity. In our diversity we put our differences and voted for the President elect, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa.
 
We are confident that under President Ramaphosa and the ANC led Government of National Unity, we will continue to address the challenges facing young people in this country. In this regard, we will in the next five years focus on creating jobs, building an inclusive and growing economy. We will equally focus on implementing programmes focusing on skilling the youth with the skills of the future. 

Fellow South Africans,

After three decades of democracy, we have once again demonstrated our dedication to the values and principles of democracy through free and fair elections. The elections were a clear demonstration of the strength and vibrancy of our constitutional democracy, highlighting our firm confidence and faith in our transparent and democratic processes.

Similar to the events of 1994, the long queues witnessed on voting day served as an affirmation that our democracy is alive at work. 

Through your vote, you have spoken and given us all a clear message. 

You want us as political leaders to put our differences aside, and work together to build our country and address the challenges affecting our people, particularly the youth of our country.

We are determined to put our differences aside and use our collective strengths, skills, and experience to create the South Africa that the fallen heroes of the 1976 uprising fought for.
In working towards achieving the National Development Plan 2030 vision, which aims to eradicate poverty and decrease inequality, we need to keep in mind that young people make up more than two-thirds of the population, making them the biggest community.

Therefore, we cannot move forward without the youth of our country. 

The National Development Plan places youth at the centre of our country's development, correctly arguing that youth participation in our development initiatives is critical to meeting our growth targets. As a result, we must include young people in discussions that influence their current and future growth.

We are all aware of the challenges that the current generation of youth face which include poverty, social inequality, poor mental health and high levels of unemployment. 

We are also aware that funding has been a challenge as a result of the administrative challenges at the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Together with the youth we will ensure that NSFAS is administered efficiently, effective and that no one is left behind. 
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme remains a critical vehicle that supports students from poor and working-class families, with over 70% of university students and more than 90% of TVET college students benefiting from NSFAS bursaries.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We must collectively address these challenges; neither the government nor the private sector should be solely responsible for them. These challenges necessitate a "whole of society approach”.

We have to work together to provide youth, especially those in remote rural areas, with better access to quality education that can empower them with the basic skills to become more productive in society. We need to equip young people with the necessary skills to adapt to the labour market, especially to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

This means that we must take more steps to connect our communities to ICT infrastructure. In April of this year, I had the honour of launching Phase 2 of the South Africa Connect programme, which intends to bridge the digital divide between the wealthy and the disadvantaged. This effort seeks to empower young people to participate in the global society and create or find employment from the comfort of their own homes.

We must also collaborate to address the growing concern about poor mental health among young people. Even more worrying is that mental health services and support systems are often inadequate, leading to the non-diagnosis and lack of treatment of mental illnesses.

Moreover, many young people have been negatively affected and socially excluded due to the social stigma associated with mental illness and disabilities, as well as the bullying and rejection of LGBTQI+ individuals.
As we celebrate Pride Month, we must remember that LGBTQI+ people are more than twice as likely as straight men and women to experience mental health issues in their lifetime. They have a 2.5 times higher risk of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse than heterosexuals. We cannot allow this to continue on our watch. We need to protect everyone's rights and support those who require healthcare.

As young people, I urge you to use your voice to condemn injustice and unfair treatment of LGBTQI+ individuals. 

I would like to commend the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, for promoting the Sports for Youth Development (S4YD) initiative as a serious medium of intervention that promotes the physical and mental health of our youth and reinforces the fact that young people are at the heart of South Africa’s work to promote unity, active citizenry, peace, and development.

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

As we develop young people socially, we must also not lose sight of empowering them economically.

Economic growth, transformation, and job creation have been at the forefront of the Sixth Administration's programme, hence, the theme of this year’s Youth Month is “Actively embracing the socioeconomic gains of our Democracy”.

Since 2019, we have implemented a range of growth-enhancing structural reforms to remove the constraints that have held back growth, attract higher levels of investment, and make our economy more efficient and competitive.

At the top of government's list is making sure that young people get the education and skills they need. Like the father of our nation, Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon with which we can change the world.’ Through education, the youth can be empowered towards economic freedom.

Over the years, we have invested hugely in a transformed education system. We pride ourselves on the fact that our spending on education, as a proportion of overall government expenditure and GDP, far exceeds the benchmarks set by UNESCO, which recommends allocating 15–20% of public spending and 4–6% of GDP to education.

Despite the country's challenging financial circumstances, the government continues to invest in youth human capital development, allocating R31.8 billion for basic education in 2023 and R130.1 billion for post-secondary education and training in 2022.

Moving forward, we will continue to invest in the establishment of an inclusive education system that provides quality education to children from low-income and working-class families, beginning in the foundation phase and continuing through to higher education.

We are committed to addressing the plight of youth through the NYDA's job creation and enterprise development programmes.

Additionally, the NYDA provides a variety of programs to assist individuals pursuing higher education.

Today, I had the privilege of meeting the beneficiaries of the NYDA program and trailblazers who are optimistic about our country's future.

This includes Marumo Masemola, who, through the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund, obtained her Bachelor of Accounting Science degree at the University of Limpopo.

In February 2024, she qualified as a chartered accountant. She continued her membership with the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) on a national level and now serves under the Professional Development Committee, where she advises the youth about career opportunities to follow and how to navigate being a young professional.
Additionally, I have had the opportunity to engage with Alwande Sikhosana.

Alwande is a Paralympic athlete who is currently ranked number one in Africa and 25th in the world. He won the first African Paralympic Games and qualified for the Paralympics. He uses sports to inspire young people and show that nothing is impossible. As Nelson Mandela said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.”

I also had the opportunity to engage with one of Limpopo's finest, Clement Maosa of Skeem-sam, who hails from Ga-Rammutla village. He exemplifies how one's aspirations can transcend geographical boundaries.

Despite their age, these young people have seized the opportunities provided by this democratic government and are significantly contributing to the development of our country.

As the government, we want to see more young people actively involved in the economy and participating in decisions that affect their lives. Our democracy has provided you, as young people, with unprecedented opportunities for growth and development.

As the youth, it is incumbent upon you to actively embrace these socio-economic gains and leverage them to create a better future for yourselves and generations to come.

We need young people to rise up for themselves and become the change they desire. This time around, young people have a government that cares for, prioritizes their needs, and wants to see them succeed, unlike the government of 1976. 

Our comprehensive approach to reducing youth unemployment includes formal education, internships, and assistance for youth entrepreneurship through the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention. These development and empowerment initiatives provide young people with the support they need to face and overcome obstacles they face.

The government has implemented initiatives to increase youth participation in the economy, such as the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme. This programme has provided opportunities to over one million participants, 84% of whom are young people.

The government has also implemented the Employment Tax Incentive to encourage the private sector to hire more young people by sharing the cost of employment with employers, encouraging the hiring of large numbers of young people.

In addition, the government has also introduced social employment initiatives that aim to address local needs such as community safety, early childhood development, and gender-based violence.

Furthermore, we responded to the need for skills development and youth employment by allowing unemployed graduates to gain experience through the Public Service Graduate Internship and Learnership Programme.

In order to strengthen service delivery, build patriotism, promote nation-building, foster social cohesion, and help the youth acquire the occupational skills necessary to access sustainable livelihood opportunities, we have revitalized the National Youth Service Programme (NYS).

We remain committed to championing programmes and initiatives that limit the impact of unemployment on young people.

To date, over 4.8 million young people have registered on SAYouth.mobi, a zero-rated online platform for young South Africans to access opportunities for learning and earning.

As the government rolls out these various programmes to draw young people into the economy, we need young people themselves to take up the challenge. Youth have the potential, through united action, to turn around the challenges of unemployment and take their rightful place in our society.

As we celebrate our achievements, we must also commit to addressing these challenges head-on and working towards a more equitable and inclusive society for all.

As the government, especially in this 7th administration, we will do everything in our power to mobilise all the resources we have to create better opportunities for young people.

We commit to improving our actions and prioritising your needs. We will not go down the road that would be detrimental to our nation's future and the sacrifices made by the heroes and heroines of June 16. 

We must never forget that today's youth will become tomorrow's leaders, and failing to adequately prepare them for these responsibilities will only lead the nation into a downward spiral and a bleak future.
Without the employment of young people, growth cannot occur. They represent our hopes for a better and more prosperous society, as envisioned by the NDP.

Young entrepreneurs, innovators, and other professionals will propel us as a nation, creating a more diverse and transformed economic landscape.

I am confident that the 7th Administration will continue with efforts to position young people as essential drivers and beneficiaries of economic transformation.

I urge all stakeholders, including business, civil society, and labour, to work with the current government to address all issues affecting young people.

Any contribution to youth empowerment is an investment in a brighter future for our country.

I Thank You.
 

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President Ramaphosa appoints Acting Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has, in terms of Section 98 of the Constitution, appointed Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation Mr Senzo Mchunu as Acting Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.

The appointment, which takes effect immediately, follows the election by the National Assembly of Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Ms Thoko Didiza as Speaker of the National Assembly.


Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President – media@presidency.gov.za
    
Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

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Acceptance speech by President Cyril Ramaphosa on his election as President of the Republic, National Assembly
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Madame Speaker,
Madame Deputy Speaker,
Chief Justice,
Leaders of all political parties represented in this National Assembly,
 
I congratulate you Speaker and Deputy Speaker for your election.  
 
I am humbled and honoured that members of this National Assembly have through their votes tonight decided to elect me as President of the Republic of South Africa.  
 
It is with pleasure that I accept. It will once again be a privilege to serve this great nation in the position of President. This is a big responsibility.  
 
I wish to thank all leaders for your congratulatory messages. Your messages are a clear clarion call to work together. Your messages constitute a well of encouragement, good advice and wisdom. I will spend time reading your messages and drawing insights from them. I do believe that there is much I will learn from what you said. 
 
I would like to thank the Members of this august House who have voted for me and who through their vote have invested and placed their trust in me. I intend to work with all members and even those who did not find their way clear to vote for me. 
 
We are all South Africans and I will serve all and work with all.  
 
The significance of the votes for the Office Bearers – the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and President – is not in the result you have delivered but in the historic meaning of this vote and moment.  
 
That several parties that had opposed each other but that represent most South African voters have decided to work together to deliver this result has given birth to a new era for our country. 
 
I sincerely believe that this is an era of hope and inclusivity. As diverse political parties, we competed against each other in the election we have just had.  
 
The election was highly contested and, at times, divisive. 
 
When I spoke at the IEC Results Announcement ceremony, I said: “The results of the election have made plain that the people of South Africa expect their leaders to work together to meet their needs. They expect the parties for which they have voted to find common ground, to overcome their differences, to act and work together for the good of everyone.”  
 
The stark reality of the results of our past election is that no single party represented in this house achieved an outright majority to work alone legislatively or at the executive level. 
 
Through their votes our people expect all parties to work together within the framework of our constitution and work together as political parties to achieve the objectives of a democratic society based on non-racialism, non-sexism and justice and to ensure stability and peace. Our focus must therefore be to tackle the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality and promote prosperity for all. 
 
It is in this context that we, as political parties that participated in the 2024 Elections and received the seats we now occupy, need to pledge to cooperate to work together in two ways through a voluntary Parliament of National Unity and a voluntary Government of National Unity.  
 
Honourable Members,
 
This is a historic juncture in the life of our country, which requires that we must work and act together to entrench our Constitutional democracy and the rule of law, with a clear intent to build a South Africa for all its people.  
 
It is with this in mind that I hereby declare that I accept the mission you are giving me. To work with you all to serve the people of South Africa.  
 
I would like to thank the Chief Justice for steering these proceedings of the first sitting with great ability, patience and excellent leadership.  
 
I thank you all, Honourable Members of this house, for the decorum demonstrated here today. 
 
I have listened carefully to the promises made here about the decorum that will underpin how this house will function in this 7th Parliament. I wish you all a good night’s rest following a hard day's work of giving effect to the will of our people.  
 
I thank you.
 

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Deputy President Paul Mashatile to address the National Youth Day Commemoration in Polokwane, Limpopo Province
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Deputy President Paul Mashatile will on Sunday, 16 June 2024, address the 48th anniversary of the Youth Day Commemoration at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, under the theme: “Actively embracing the socio-economic gains of our democracy”.  

The National Youth Day commemoration is an annual event that recollects the sacrifices of South Africa’s youth in the fight for democracy, an event immortalised by the Soweto Uprising of the 16th of June 1976.  This important national day provides an opportunity, for our country, to commemorate and honour the bravery of young people and to champion youth development in South Africa.

As the country marks and celebrates the 30 Years of Freedom, as well as the recent successful national and provincial elections held, which pave a way for the 7th Administration, Deputy President Mashatile will highlight on progress made in improving the lives of young people and also reflect on the remaining challenges which require immediate attention.    

Government working together with all relevant stakeholders, will continue, to promote initiatives aimed at improving the physical and mental well-being of young peoples; address the challenge of substance abuse, crime, and gender-based violence; promote academic excellence and economic participation as well as improve efforts to strengthen solidarity and social cohesion amongst the youth.  

The commemoration will in this regard, include an expo which will showcase opportunities relating to skills training, learnerships, bursaries, careers and entrepreneurship, and it will be marked by a wide range of activities, commencing with a marathon in the morning, bringing together young people together with various sporting personalities and government representatives, followed by a cultural programme which will include a music concert, cultural dances, and poetry.

Deputy President Mashatile will be accompanied by Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Acting Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture, Ms. Maropene; Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr. Ronald Lamola; Premier- elect of the Limpopo Province, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba and NYDA Chairperson, Ms. Asanda Luwaca, Local and District Mayors, as well as a delegation of senior government officials.

Details of the commemorative event are as follows:
Date: Sunday, 16 June 2024
Time: 09h00 
Venue: Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo Province

For more information please contact, Sam Bopape on 082 318 5251.


Media enquiries:  Mr Keith Khoza, Acting Spokesperson to Deputy President Mashatile on 066 195 8840

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria
 

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President Ramaphosa assents and signs three Bills into law
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has in terms of Section 79(1) of the Constitution assented and signed three Bills into law. 

The three Bills are The National Land Transport Amendment Bill, the Economic Regulation of Transport Bill and the Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill. 

The National Land Transport Amendment Bill, 2016, was initially passed by Parliament and sent to the President for assent in 2020. Due to constitutional reservations, the President , referred the Bill back to the National Assembly for reconsideration in terms of section  79(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.. The revised Bill amongst other seeks to amend the National Land Transport Act, 2009, to insert certain definitions and amend others and provide for non-motorised and accessible transport. The amendments  bring the Principal Act up to date with  new developments and provide for certain powers of provinces and municipalities to conclude contracts for public transport services. It further expands the powers of the Minister to make regulations and introduce safety measures.

The second Bill is the Economic Regulation of Transport Bill. The Bill seeks to promote economic growth and welfare of South Africans by promoting an effective and productive transport sector. That includes establishing a Transport Economic Regulator responsible for regulating prices in the transport sector, investigate complaints, monitor and enforce compliance in the transport sector. The Bill  further seeks to establish a single regulatory body to focus on the economic regulation of the transport industry. 

Lastly is the Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill which was also signed into law. This Bill seeks to regulate the power of municipalities to levy development charges. It also establishes a system for the municipalities to impose levies for land development applications as a condition for granting or approval of such an application for persons to use or develop land in a municipality. The Bill empowers municipalities, where authorised by national legislation, to impose taxes, levies and duties appropriate to local government.


Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President on media@presidency.gov.za

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

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President Ramaphosa mourns passing of Vice-President Dr Saulos Chilima of the Republic of Malawi
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On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa offers his deep condolences to the government and people of the Republic of Malawi on the passing of Vice-President Dr Saulos Chilima and nine passengers in an aircraft crash.

Vice-President Chilima passed away after an aircraft in which he and nine personnel were travelling disappeared on Monday, 10 June 2024, during a domestic flight.

President Ramaphosa offers his deep condolences to Vice-President Chilima’s family.
President Ramaphosa’s thoughts are also with His Excellency President Lazarus Chakwera and the Cabinet of the Republic of Malawi.

President Ramaphosa said: “This is a moment of tragedy in which we are united with the people of Malawi as you mourn the passing of a youthful leader who advanced the aspirations of his country and of our youthful continent from his position in Malawi’s Presidency.

“This is a loss felt across our country and region and we pray that the people of Malawi will be blessed with the fortitude and peace required in this moment of deep sadness and national mourning.”


Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to President Ramaphosa – media@presidency.gov.za

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

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