Ramaphosa urges SA to be hopeful

Ramaphosa urges SA to be hopeful

Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa told the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA)'s 6th National Congress that having hope in South Africa isn't a pipe dream. 

Cyril Ramaphosa at Fedusa
Maryke Vermaak

"We must be energised to tackle the challenges. We have the means to get through tough times and we need to be hopeful," Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address on the last day of FEDUSA's National Congress.

Ramaphosa also touched on the fact that representatives of ratings agencies are currently in South Africa and he confirmed he had met with then earlier this morning.

"We have had lengthy discussions with ratings agency, Fitch," is all Ramaphosa would say.

The Congress is focused around issues of transformation in the entire system, skills development and an update on plans to introduce a national minimum wage.

Ramaphosa praised the business sector, but added that more needs to be done to ensure economic stability in South Africa and that minimum wages must be implemented in all sectors.

"We need to embrace a national minimum wage as this will get people out of poverty. Families are struggling to feed their children while at the same time businesses are struggling to keep their doors open," he said.

Ramaposa says the only way to achieve economic prosperity is by working together as South Africans.

He also urged South Africans to be accountable and fight against corruption.

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