Ramaphosa outlines AU's struggle with COVID-19

File: President Cyril Ramaphosa. GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has described South Africa’s term as Chair of the African Union as a baptism of fire.

The term comes to an end this week.

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In his weekly newsletter, Ramaphosa said their plans for the continent had to be put on hold to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly 90,000 people have succumbed to the virus in Africa.

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Ramaphosa said COVID-19's been a health, humanitarian, social and economic crisis for many African countries.

Despite this, he says progress was made in some of their key areas such as the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.

He also said the threat posed by COVID-19 has galvanised African countries to work together.


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