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Ramaphosa calls for national unity and collaboration

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Addressing the nation on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged all South Africans to unite and work together towards a shared vision of a more inclusive and prosperous country.

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ADDRESSING the nation in his weekly newsletter on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged all South Africans to unite and work together towards a shared vision of a more inclusive and prosperous country.

The president’s call comes after he unveiled the Cabinet for the seventh administration, emphasising the importance of collaboration and partnership.

“In the spirit of partnership and collaboration, the incoming government will work together with other formations to convene a National Dialogue. All parties, civil society groups, labour, business and other stakeholders will be invited to work together to address the critical challenges facing the nation,” Ramaphosa said.

“We are determined that the principles and programme that underpin the government of national unity (GNU) extends beyond the institutions of the state. This is an opportunity for all South Africans to work together more closely and with greater purpose to ensure that we build a South Africa for all.”

Ramaphosa described the formation of the GNU as a significant moment in South Africa’s democracy. He said the GNU Cabinet, comprising 32 ministers and 43 deputy ministers from different political parties, represents a new era of “partnership and national unity”.

The president emphasised that this collaboration provides a strong foundation for stability, coherence and effective implementation. Notably, it is the first time in South Africa’s history that such a diverse range of parties, spanning the political spectrum, will constitute a government.

“We have made good on our promise to the South African people to work together as political parties for the good of the country and to deliver a government that will be united in action and purpose. This provides a firm basis for greater stability, coherence and a focus on implementation.

“This is the first time in South Africa’s history that such a broad range of parties, from across the political spectrum, will constitute a government. In mandating us to form a government that serves all, the South African people have a rightful expectation that the seventh administration begins its work as soon as possible.

“South Africans appreciate that a GNU is the best way to take our country forward. As political leaders, we must prove ourselves worthy of the trust our citizens have placed in this government.”

Ramaphosa explained that the GNU will operate under a “Statement of Intent”, which outlines fundamental principles and a minimum programme of priorities. Key priorities include achieving rapid, inclusive and sustainable economic growth while addressing poverty and inequality.

Protecting workers’ rights and providing social support for the vulnerable are also central to its mission.

“It will continue the economic reforms that are under way in key industries like electricity, telecommunication, water and transport. The new administration will build on the progress that has already been made in the drive for greater investment in infrastructure and an improved environment for business.

“Guided by the Statement of Intent, the GNU will safeguard the rights of workers and ensure there is adequate social protect for the poor and vulnerable. The government will invest in South Africa’s people through quality education and health care.

“It will work to build State capacity, address crime and corruption and strengthen social cohesion. The administration will pursue a foreign policy based on human rights, solidarity and peace,” he said.

Ramaphosa said that the incoming government plans to convene a lekgotla to shape its five-year government programme. The details of this programme will be presented during the Opening of Parliament, scheduled for July 18.

The president concluded by saying that despite their diverse party affiliations, both ministers and deputy ministers in the National Executive are committed to serving the entire population. Their shared mandate and common programme of action will guide their work.

* Read President Ramaphosa’s newsletter here

Source: SAnews.gov.za

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