The dawn of Ramaphosa's 100 days

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South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 15, 2018.

 

 

JOHANNESBURG – Saturday marks President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first 100 days in office.

State capture, corruption and collapsing state-owned enterprises are some of the many challenges Ramaphosa has inherited.

Despite this, many parliamentarians seem to share the hope the situation can be turned around.

Ramaphosa received a standing ovation for his State of the Nation Address -- something the nation hasn&39;t witnessed for nine years.

However, despite this parliamentary approval, South Africa’s economy is in dire straits.

Ramaphosa has to act quickly to appoint a team of investment attractors.

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His ambition is to grow the South African economy by three percent a year.

But state-owned enterprises are a stumbling block.

In response, the president has now put in place new boards for Eskom, SA Express and Transnet.

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has been removed, Tom Moyane at Sars suspended and there&39;s a new police commissioner.

Ministers like Msebenzi Zwane, Faith Muthambi and Des van Rooyen have been fired.

But EFF leader Julius Malema says the president needs to act decisively.

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“There is a general degeneration of South Africa under your leadership, the cash-in-transit is uncontrollable because why? You are weak, you are not firm and criminals don’t like weak people. You must take a firm stand and say the day you produce an AK47 against the police and the security you will meet your maker,” Malema said.

Official opposition leader Mmusi Maimane believes much-needed reforms will affect Ramaphosa’s own party negatively.

“Mr President this task is not an easy one, the reforms our country desperately needs are at odds with the ideology your party still clings onto. If you decide to put our country first it will come at a cost to the ANC but I assure if we don’t make these reforms we will be left behind,” said Maimane.

The president, however, believes the time has come for South Africans to work together across political lines.

Ramaphosa’s has dubbed this era the New Dawn, a time for the country to find the path that former president Nelson Mandela laid out.