Rugby union referee remembers 'extraordinary' transformation of South Africa in 1995 final

President Buhari has hence, expressed his interest to work with President Buhari.

"If constituted properly, it will be a structure that can inform the president of the country what is happening on the ground in terms of business in South Africa".

Influential ANC leaders who had been in exile successfully pushed one of their own, Thabo Mbeki, to succeed Mandela. He was overwhelmingly elected deputy president of the ANC, serving directly under Zuma.

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The opposition leader said Ramaphosa had promised no major policy reform‚ instead only tinkering with current policies that had not brought change to the lives of South Africans.

Gutto was speaking against the backdrop of the delayed Sona, Ramaphosa's first as president, now expected on Friday evening.

And so, when the fifth president of the democratic South Africa entered the House, even EFF MPs rose to their feet in applause. I believe that we are educated enough to know what is said during the address, so to say we don't understand what is said during the address, would be a lie. (There is an excellent profile of him, published in 2013, here.) He is a man of enormous experience and substantial achievements, both as a trade unionist and, more recently, as a businessman who has amassed a fortune estimated past year to be worth more than 550 million USA dollars. "A nation of free and equal people", Ramaphosa said. He said his priority is to revive the country's economy, which will be a tough task with South African unemployment at about 30 percent, and almost 40 percent for young people.

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The next day, police intervened, killing 34 workers, in the worst case of official violence since the end of apartheid. The Guptas have been accused of using their friendship with Zuma to gain political influence.

Investors will be watching as well, Makamola said.

It was only past year - when it was clear Ramaphosa would not secure Zuma's support to succeed him in the party and in the government - that Ramaphosa began publicly distancing himself from Zuma.

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The ANC leadership had on Tuesday advised Zuma to step down from office or risk being impeached by the parliament. Ramaphosa, head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party since December, went unopposed during a session of Parliament.