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May 30, 2019

Ramaphosa announces cabinet: Mabuza, Gordhan, Mboweni – and De Lille

President Cyril Ramaphosa has brought in a member of the opposition, Patricia de Lille, to head the ministry of public works.

The president announced his executive on Wednesday evening, reducing the size of cabinet from 36 to 28 ministers.

Ramaphosa’s executive had few surprises as he got rid of all those implicated in state capture while bringing in young blood.

“In appointing a new national executive, I have taken a number of considerations into account, including experience, continuity, competence, generational mix and demographic and regional diversity,” he said.

Ramaphosa said that those who were appointed must realise that the expectations of [...]

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May 27, 2019

South Africa’s President Ramaphosa vows ‘new era’ at inauguration

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to bring about “hope and renewal” as he was inaugurated at a stadium in the capital Pretoria.

The African National Congress (ANC) leader vowed to tackle corruption and rejuvenate the struggling economy.

He was elected earlier this month with a majority of 57.5%, the smallest since the party came to power 25 years ago.

Mr Ramaphosa initially took over from Jacob Zuma in 2018 after Mr Zuma was accused of corruption.

Mr Ramaphosa is the country’s fifth democratically elected president since apartheid ended in 1994.

“This is a defining moment for a young nation like [...]

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May 23, 2019

South Africa’s parliament elects Cyril Ramaphosa as president

South African legislators elected Cyril Ramaphosapresident on Wednesday and he promised to create jobs and work for the interests of all citizens, not just members of the majority African National Congress (ANC).

The ANC won South Africa’s May 8 general election, enabling the party to pick the country’s president, but its share of the vote fell to a post-apartheid low – reflecting anger at corruption and cronyism under Ramaphosa’s predecessor Jacob Zuma.

Many voters were also dismayed at the racial inequality that remains entrenched a generation since the former liberation movement took power.

“Only one candidate has been nominated. [...]

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May 10, 2019

Hefty rise in petrol price for May

Diesel 0.05 percent sulphur will increase by 1c/l, while the price of diesel 0.005 percent sulphur would remain unchanged, the department said in a statement on Sunday.

The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin would increase by 3c/l and the single maximum national retail price (SMNRP) of illuminating paraffin would increase by 4c/l. The maximum retail price for LPGas would increase by 84c/kg.

In a later statement on Sunday, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the main reasons for the increased fuel prices were that the rand on average had strengthened slightly against the US dollar from 14.3871 to 14.1401 rand per dollar. The settling of contagion risks from emerging [...]

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