Ramaphosa pledges ‘ambitious’ 2021 plan centered on economic recovery, jobs, power generation

President Cyril Ramaphosa.

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa says South African’s embodied the spirit of Ubuntu in 2020.
  • He mentioned 2021 would focus on an formidable economic recovery plan.
  • The President additionally cautioned on what lies forward in 2021, because of the second wave of infections.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has thanked South Africans for his or her resilience and braveness within the face of Covid-19 and known as for warning for the difficult yr that lies forward.

Ramaphosa delivered his closing deal with for 2020 on Thursday and thanked the county for its cooperation throughout an unprecedented time. 

“In the face of this unprecedented crisis South Africans have demonstrated the true meaning of Ubuntu. We have taken responsibility for each other’s welfare by donating our time, our energies and our resources. Working together we have mobilised the nation’s resources under difficult conditions and in a very short space of time to support poor families and protect jobs and keep businesses afloat,” he mentioned.

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He thanked South Africans for his or her braveness and perseverance in confronting Covid-19.

“I want to thank the health and social services workers for taking care of people who are ill, hungry or lonely.”

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The President mentioned that South Africans had confirmed resolve within the battle towards Covid-19.

“Many people have been called upon to make huge sacrifices, many have been worried about their jobs, many have struggled to make a living. Nearly all South Africans have had to spend time separated from their loved ones as this year draws to a close we mourn the loss of relatives, friends, colleagues and neighbours who succumbed to Covid-19. As a nation, we mourn the loss of several eminent South African’s and people from all walks of life.” 

2021, the yr forward

Looking into 2021 Ramaphosa mentioned there could be a spotlight on economic recovery and job safety.

“We enter the new year ready to rebuild our economy, to revive business and to restore jobs and to continue our drive for new investment. Working together in partnership we are undertaking an ambitious recovery plan to build new roads and water projects, human settlements and power generation plants,” he mentioned.

The president additionally cautioned concerning the highway that lay forward for the nation that was coping with the second wave of infections.

“The year ahead will be challenging and difficult. We are in the midst of the second wave of coronavirus infections which may even be much worse than the first wave and while we are deeply encouraged by the progress made in developing an effective vaccine we know that it will be sometime before the pandemic ends.

“The yr forward will due to this fact require our best effort in addition to resilience. The previous yr has proven what we’re able to, after we are united and after we work collectively for the nice of all. It is that this spirit that can carry us into the brand new yr and which can allow us to prevail and be capable of prosper,” he mentioned.  

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