Land reform will not affect economic growth: Ramaphosa


President Cyril Ramaphosa will respond to his State of the Nation Address.

JOHANNESBURG – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday held discussions with Moody’s Investors Service on the various initiatives underway to accelerate economic growth and create jobs, the Presidency said.

He also reaffirmed that land reform would unfold within a clear legal framework and would not affect economic growth

"President Ramaphosa underlined government’s determination to build a social compact of government, labour, business and civil society to advance investment, youth employment and community development. President Ramaphosa reaffirmed that accelerated land reform will unfold within a clear legal framework and without negatively affecting economic growth, agricultural production and food security," his office said in a statement.

"President Ramaphosa said job creation was government’s most important priority and failure to create such opportunities constituted the greatest risk to the country. Moody’s is due to announce its latest outlook on South Africa on 23 March 2018."

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The Presidency said that during the meeting, which happened at Tuynhuys in Cape Town, Ramaphosa described the new mood of hope, renewal and unity in the country and the enthusiasm of its people to contribute to change and development.

"President Ramaphosa said this new enthusiasm was anchoring all efforts to confront the challenges facing South Africa, including government’s initiatives to increase investor confidence and reduce policy and regulatory uncertainty," his office said.

"Fresh consultations on the Mining Charter, recent measures to strengthen Cabinet, changes in the board and management of the power utility, Eskom, and an inquiry into state capture formed part of government’s invitation to investors to come to South Africa."

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Moody&39;s Investors Service provides credit ratings, research and risk analysis.

This was the first time the agency and Ramaphosa interacted since he was elected as president.

On February 15, Moody&39;s said it was closely monitoring developments in South Africa after Jacob Zuma&39;s resignation as president, and was focused on the policy implications of ongoing changes in the country&39;s leadership.

"The key point from a credit perspective will be the new leadership’s response to the country’s economic and fiscal challenges and progress in implementing reforms addressing them," said Zuzana Brixiova, vice president at Moody’s.