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NOVEMBER 2017 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

You can become an ANC member by contacting the secretary of your nearest ANC branch and completing a membership application form. More details on how to join can be found here:
 http://www.anc.org.za/content/how-join-anc

Follow our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter @CR17SIYAVUMA for information on campaign events and rallies.

We can expect Cyril Ramaphosa will work to reunite South Africa and to remedy the economic downturn that has taken hold of the country in recent years. He will work to create fair paying jobs, strengthen education and end corruption in state owned enterprises. More information about CR17’s priorities can be found here: http://ramaphosa.org.za/nominate-ramaphosa-booklet-download/

Thank you for your interest in supporting the CR17 campaign. The CR17 Siyavuma t-shirts are being distributed throughout the country by campaign coordinators in each province. Please look out for CR17-related events in your area. For information on CR17 activities, you can join the CR17 Facebook group in your province (if there is one), follow our Twitter account (@CR17SIYAVUMA), or sign up to ‘Join the Renewal’. You also have the option to print CR17 t-shirts yourself with the official logo and design. Head to our website to download the designs for t-shirt and cap printing: http://ramaphosa.org.za/media/

Creating jobs for young people requires decisive steps to restore investor confidence, the expansion of tax incentives to companies that employ young people and implementation of the Youth Employment Service, which will create a million paid internships over the next three years. Creating jobs for young people requires decisive steps to restore investor confidence, the expansion of tax incentives to companies that employ young people and implementation of the Youth Employment Service, which will create a million paid internships over the next three years.
The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust has been providing bursaries to deserving students for over 20 years. To find out more, visit: http://www.cyrilramaphosafoundation.org/project/cret/

The delegates to the ANC 54th National Conference will decide who gets elected into the NEC and Officials positions. As branches meet to make nominations, the CR17 campaign is calling on members to nominate candidates who have the integrity, commitment and capability to lead the ANC in a new era of renewal and unity.

Cyril Ramaphosa believes strongly that the youth of South Africa will be the ones to lead our country forward. One of Ramaphosa’s main goals as president will be to improve education, and make higher education affordable for all South Africans. The youth voice must be heard at the national conference, and we must empower all young people to be the change makers we need. There is great potential in the fact that most of our working age population is young. We have a significant opportunity to harness their energy, innovation, creativity and vibrancy in pursuit of sustainable economic activity. Education and skills development must stand at the centre of our efforts.

CR17 seeks to restore the values and character of the ANC as a selfless champion of the South African people. By renewing the ANC, we are putting the greater interests of South Africa and the future of our country first.

Cyril Ramaphosa has put particular emphasis on improving education in South Africa. Through the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, he has contributed to critical work in education, skills development and enterprise development. Through its programmes, the Foundation has adopted over 600 schools and assisted almost 800 000 learners, and provided comprehensive bursaries to over 100 university students. Cyril Ramaphosa has put particular emphasis on improving education in South Africa. Through the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, he has contributed to critical work in education, skills development and enterprise development. Through its programmes, the Foundation has adopted over 600 schools and assisted almost 800 000 learners, and provided comprehensive bursaries to over 100 university students.

Cyril Ramaphosa believes that we must work to make education affordable for all South Africans, whether or not they are able to pay tuition. He has a goal to have more qualified teachers and professors, who will be better equipped to prepare our students with the skills they need to be successful.

Please be active at branch level and also contribute meaningfully through the #CR17Siyavuma channels on Facebook and Twitter. Contribute to the CR17 voices blog. If you would like to be considered for publication as a CR17 voice – please email your submission to talk@ramaphosa.org.za
Don’t forget to include your name and address so we can send you a t-shirt if you’re chosen. Learn more here.

In addition, here are things you can do right away:

  • Make sure you’ve signed up to Join the Renewal of the ANC at http://ramaphosa.org.za/join/
  • Follow, like and share @CR17SIYAVUMA on Twitter and Facebook, especially during times when we are Live Tweeting events
  • Take note of relevant or trending #’s; engage in discussions relevant to the campaign on social media
  • Create or join WhatsApp groups to share events and information about the campaign
  • Recruit other supporters by sharing the Join the Renewal page: http://ramaphosa.org.za/join/
  • Share info about events, umrhabulo sessions and rallies with your networks
  • Talk to your friends, neighbours and family members about why you are volunteering for CR17

Cyril Ramaphosa was instrumental in negotiating the introduction of South Africa’s first national minimum wage, which will be introduced by May 2018. It is expected to raise the income of up to 6 million working South Africans. He has also been working with business to establish a Youth Empowerment Service, which will provide paid internships to a million unemployed young people over the next 3 years. He has a clear vision on how to promote inclusive growth by unblocking investment and getting rid of corruption and wastage in state entities. This will create more jobs and raising the living standards of the poor.

Please send us your details to talk@ramaphosa.org.za . You can also participate through our social media platforms @CR17Siyavuma and help the campaign get maximum exposure as foot soldier.

#CR17Siyavuma is a vehicle established to showcase the qualities and capabilities of Cyril Ramaphosa and call comrades who love the ANC to be part of the effort to renew, build and unite the ANC so that it can go back to its former glory as the people’s movement to instil change. After the 2017 Conference, it is essential that everyone who supported CR17 Siyavuma become actively involved in building a better ANC.

The Constitution of South Africa and our Bill of Rights allows for religious freedom and as you would have noticed at CR17 Rallies we have enjoyed representation from most if not all cultural groups. Cyril Ramaphosa has interacted with several faith based organisations during the course of the last few months because of the essential role they have to play in building a better society.

Hi, you can volunteer by writing a piece for the CR17 Voices blog on our site. Check out CR17 Voices and send your views to talk@ramaphosa.org.za. For merchandise please stay connected to the campaign to find out when we may be coming to a place near you. You would find vendors selling collateral there.

The achievement of free post-school education for the poor is a policy position of the ANC that Cyril Ramaphosa strongly supports and will work to achieve. It is necessary to start correcting the injustices and inequality in our society and important for our economic development.

Anyone can join the ANC from any organisation, cultural grouping and religious background. Public service regulations require state employees to be non-partisan in the execution of their duties, but may participate in political activities in their personal capacity.

He will continue to serve the people of South Africa in whichever way or capacity possible one way or the other. He has been in the NEC of the ANC since 1991 and has served in various portfolios and will continue to do so.

The people of South Africa are tired of the corruption that they have been exposed to lately. State resources being looted to benefit the select few. They are seeking justice and society needs to hold government accountable . “Ngiyayi Supporter Comrade Le ndaba ye Corruption Tribunal.”

We need to accelerate our programme of radical economic transformation, which must include:We need to accelerate our programme of radical economic transformation, which must include:

  • Significantly greater investment in the economy, higher rates of inclusive growth and job creation.
  • Massive skills development programmes, especially for the youth.
  • Substantially changing ownership patterns to advance blacks and women in all economic sectors.
  • Measures to reduce poverty by expanding provision of houses, basic services, social grants and public employment programmes, and by reducing the cost of living for the poor.

OCTOBER 2017 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Please follow our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter @CR17SIYAVUMA for information on campaign events and rallies. You can volunteer by writing a piece for the CR17 Voices blog on our site. Check out CR17 Voices and send your views to talk@ramaphosa.org.za. For merchandise please stay connected to the campaign to find out when we may be coming to a place near you. You would find vendors selling collateral there.

Cde Ramaphosa has strongly condemned the use of state resources for personal gain. He has consistently called for the establishment of a commission of inquiry into state capture and has committed to act decisively to tackle corruption in both the public and private sectors.

Cde Ramaphosa has been arguing that the unity of the ANC needs to be based on principle. This means that factionalism and the practice of purging comrades after conferences must end. But the desire for unity should not shield those who are involved in corruption and other wrongdoing from being held accountable. The organisation needs to be renewed and rebuilt under the leadership of cadres with commitment and integrity.

Follow our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter @CR17SIYAVUMA for information on campaign events and rallies.

Molo Cde, Ndiyavuya ukuba uyayilandela inqubo ye #CR17Siyavuma, ndicela ukuba uqhubeke ulandele ngoba sesizakufika ku December apho khoyo I branche’s ze ANC zizokhetha Inkokheli yazo. Sizaqalisa ke Umsebenzi wokuletha umehluko Sesiqhuba I ANC entsha.

Follow our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter @CR17SIYAVUMA for information on campaign events and rallies.

We are pleased to have leaders such as yourself as ambassadors of this campaign. Please do visit the #CR17Siyavuma campaign website on www.ramaphosa.org.za where you will get all collateral that you will need to share with people from your village. Follow our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter @CR17SIYAVUMA for information on campaign events and rallies.

Now that the audit for National Conference has been completed, we hope that your branch has been found to be in good standing. The process of holding BGMs and branch nominations has now started and it is important that branches are the ones that elect the leaders of the ANC guided by the ‘Eye of a Needle’ document. Branches should not allow themselves to be dictated to.

Cde Ramaphosa has been an active member of the ANC National Executive Committee since 1991 and has undertaken all responsibilities he has been given by the organisation. When he resigned his position as Secretary General to enter business in 1996, he had only one more year of his term remaining. He accepted the nomination of the branches for the position of Deputy President in Mangaung in 2012 and will serve out his term.

The ANC belongs to all its members. All branches in good standing are eligible to send delegates to Conference. It is therefore critical that branches hold BGMs to nominate their preferred candidates without interference and that they have thorough discussions on the policy and organisational issues that will be discussed at Conference.

Please be active at branch level and also contribute meaningfully through the #CR17Siyavuma channels on Facebook and Twitter. Engage in debates on radio as well as on various shows by calling in or through the eNCA WhatsApp video option by advocating for the campaign at all times. eNCA – 0828846370

Cde Ramaphosa has been outspoken in his call that all forms of corruption and state capture be investigated through the formation of a commission of inquiry. The law enforcement agencies need to investigate where crimes are alleged to have occurred and those responsible should be prosecuted.

Follow our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter @CR17SIYAVUMA for information on campaign events and rallies. Also feel free to send an email to talk@ramaphosa.org.za to express your opinion about the CR that you know.

In his government capacity, Cde Ramaphosa has championed public employment programmes, which provide work opportunities, a basic income and training to millions of unemployed South Africans. These programmes deliver essential infrastructure and services to communities across the country.

In his private capacity, Cde Ramaphosa is chairperson of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, which does critical work in education, skills development and enterprise development. Through its programmes, the Foundation has adopted over 600 schools and assisted almost 800,000 learners, provided comprehensive bursaries to over 100 university students, and provided incubation support to over 1,000 black-owned small businesses that have created over 10,000 jobs. This is a measure of his conviction that effective community development can only be achieved through partnerships between government, business, civil society and communities.

For the ANC to regain the trust of the people, it needs to end corruption and ensure that its leaders and public representatives selflessly serve the people. It is for this reason that Cde Ramaphosa is working for unity and renewal of the ANC. He seeks to restore the values and the true characteristics of the ANC as a selfless champions of the South African people. In advancing this effort, the CR17 campaigns for the election of a leadership that has the commitment, capacity and integrity to effectively lead the organisation and the country.

Mr Ramaphosa does not have a relationship with the Gupta family.

For a long time the allegations of state capture remained unproven with credible evidence only surfacing in recent times. With credible information as his backing, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa emphatically spoke out on State Capture calling it “the elephant in the room that’s eating the ANC away”. Cde Ramaphosa also publicly declared his stance against the removal of Pravin Gordhan as finance minister, a move which was widely seen to be related to the advancement of state capture. He has called for a judicial commission of inquiry to be established without delay and for the law enforcement agencies to act against those implicated.

Speaking at the DENOSA 20th Anniversary celebration in December 2016, Cde Ramaphosa said:

“Despite our remarkable progress, we must also openly confront challenges that hinder the improvement of the working and living conditions of our nurses. We must find lasting solutions to safety risks, severe shortages of staff, long hours of work and low morale, which impact not only on our nurses, but also on the quality of care that patients ultimately receive.”

“We urge all stakeholders to work together to address outstanding issues on the occupation-specific dispensation, the Chief Nursing Officer and other matters of concern to nurses… We agree that we should work together to establish ongoing professional development opportunities for all nurses in the workplace. We must work together on a plan for career-pathing for lower category nurses. Working together, we must urgently find a workable solution to the challenge of the absorption of community service nurses and post-community service nurses in provinces.”

SEPTEMBER 2017 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

The allegations that have now surfaced through the GuptaLeaks emails and elsewhere have been hidden from the view of Cabinet, ANC leaders and broader society. They are by nature clandestine and need to be investigated by the relevant law enforcement authorities.

Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken out strongly against state capture and corruption. Throughout his time in the unions, ANC, business and government he has insisted on effective financial management and clean governance. When elected as ANC Deputy President and later Deputy President of South Africa, he acted quickly and decisively to remove any potential for conflicts of interest. If elected President, Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the charge to end state capture and corruption and promote clean, accountable government.

You can become an ANC member by contacting the secretary of your nearest ANC branch and completing a membership application form. More details on how to join can be found here:
http://www.anc.org.za/content/how-join-anc

Cyril Ramaphosa has made economic empowerment and the restructuring of the economy a central part of his message. This is important for people living with disability because empowerment extends to all people who have been previously disadvantaged, including black South Africans, women and people with disability. Initiatives like preferential procurement and the black industrialists programme must provide specific assistance to people with disability. By breaking up monopolies, opportunities will be created for new entrants, including businesses run by people with disabilities.

Cyril Ramaphosa has demonstrated his economic understanding and commitment to broad-based transformation. In his various formal capacities, he has guided the development of BEE policy and legislation, contributed to the National Development Plan, negotiated the adoption of a national minimum wage and championed transformative policies and legislation in the ANC and government. He will continue to make sure that all members of society are given the opportunity to contribute to the revival of the South African economy.

Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken out strongly against state capture and corruption. Throughout his time in the unions, ANC, business and government he has insisted on effective financial management and clean governance. When elected as ANC Deputy President and later Deputy President of South Africa, he acted quickly and decisively to remove any potential for conflicts of interest. With Cyril Ramaphosa as president of South Africa, any form of corruption will not be tolerated.

Follow our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter @CR17SIYAVUMA for information on campaign events and rallies.

The delegates to the ANC 54th National Conference will decide who gets elected into the NEC and Officials positions. Branch nominations will start shortly. The CR17 campaign is calling on members to nominate candidates who have the integrity, commitment and capability to lead the ANC in a new era of renewal and unity.

Cyril Ramaphosa has the attributes needed to confront the challenges facing the movement and the country. He is a unifier and a builder. He was pivotal in bringing different unions together to form COSATU, in multi-party talks he brought warring parties together to agree on an interim constitution. He was responsible for building NUM into the largest union in South Africa and rebuilding the ANC as a mass-based movement after decades in exile.

He is competent and capable. In every role he has undertaken, Cyril Ramaphosa has demonstrated great skills and ability. He has been successful as a union leader, ANC Secretary General, constitutional negotiator, business person and Deputy President. He has a good understanding of the economy, governance and international politics.

He is tough on corruption. He has spoken out strongly against state capture and corruption. Throughout his time in the unions, ANC, business and government he has insisted on effective financial management and clean governance. When elected as ANC Deputy President and later Deputy President of South Africa, he acted quickly and decisively to remove any potential for conflicts of interest with his business interests.

He is committed to transformation. He has been one of the foremost champions of black economic empowerment that is broad based. In his personal capacity, he promoted black and women professionals, created opportunities for black franchisees and established a foundation that provides bursaries for needy students, incubates black owned small business and supports schools in townships and rural areas.

The 54th ANC National Conference will take place in Johannesburg from 16-20 December 2017.

The CR17 campaign urges ANC branches to thoroughly debate all the policy proposals from the ANC National Policy Conference held in July. These include measures needed to strengthen the developmental capacity of municipalities, promote decent work and tackle corruption. Issues around government procurement and the provision of services are critical. Proposals on insourcing at municipalities and the tender system should be debated in branches so that the 54th National Conference can adopt clear resolutions on these issues.

The current electoral system of proportional representation was chosen because it is inclusive, ensuring that a broad range of political views are represented in Parliament and the legislatures. It also ensures that these representative bodies accurately reflect the needs and wishes of all voters. There is an argument that we should shift to a more constituency based system, where voters have a more direct relationship with their representatives. This is a debate that needs to happen within branches in preparation for the December Conference.

AUGUST 2017 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

As a strike at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in August 2012 turned violent and several people lost their lives, Cyril Ramaphosa called on the authorities to take action to end the violence and to bring those responsible for acts of murder to book. He reported on his discussions with the ministers of Police and Mineral Resources in emails to Lonmin management. Some people have alleged that these emails prove he was responsible for the deaths of 34 miners at the hands of the police.

However, a judicial commission of inquiry established that there was no basis – even on a prima facie basis – for the claim that Cyril Ramaphosa was responsible for any of the deaths on 16 August 2012. After examining the evidence of several witnesses, emails from Cyril Ramaphosa, phone records and two days of testimony from him, it said the accusations made against him “are groundless”.

Despite the findings of the Farlam Commission that he had no role in the deaths of miners at Marikana, Cyril Ramaphosa has publicly stated his commitment to be part of healing the wounds of Marikana. The facts around Cyril Ramaphosa’s role have been deliberately misrepresented for political ends. It is critical that if a tragedy like Marikana is to be avoided in the future a collective effort is needed from government, labour and business.

Consistent with the policies of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa has said that one of the most important tasks in transforming South Africa is to tackle the concentration of economic ownership and control in white hands. It is necessary to both deracialise the economy and end the dominance of a few companies in key sectors.
This task has been undermined by those who have used the concept of ‘white monopoly capital’ to respond to charges of state capture and corruption. Contrary to the claims of these people, Cyril Ramaphosa has neither financial nor political obligations to ‘white capital’. He has, instead, been consistent in championing economic transformation over many years, from chairing the BEE Commission to achieving agreement on a national minimum wage.

Throughout his time in business – during which he built up a successful black owned and managed company, Shanduka – Cyril Ramaphosa has been contributing to transformation, empowerment and social development. For example, by the time he left Shanduka in April 2014, 75% of the professionals and 60% of executives were black. Through the work of his Foundation:

1. Of the 50 graduates on the Shanduka internship programme since 2010, 70% were women and all were black.

2. The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust has provided bursaries to 132 university students. He has also been involved in establishing a bursary programme for actuaries.

3. Through Shanduka Black Umbrellas, his Foundation has provided support to more than 1,000 100% black-owned small businesses with a turnover of more than 1.7 billion.

The purpose of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is to foster the development of an inclusive society that is empowered. The Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that aims to improve lives and creates opportunities through education and enterprise development initiatives such as Adopt-a-School Foundation, Kagiso Shanduka Trust, Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust and Shanduka Black Umbrellas.

Cyril Ramaphosa has said that state capture is abhorrent and cannot be tolerated. He has called for the urgent establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry to probe claims of corporate capture of state institutions. He has said that it is critical that the law enforcement agencies give these allegations their full attention. The veracity of the claims need to be established. Where crimes have been committed, those responsible must be prosecuted.

Radical economic transformation is about building a more equal society through sustained inclusive growth. It has its roots in the Freedom Charter, which sought to redress the effects of dispossession, discrimination, exploitation and exclusion which characterised South African society.
Therefore, the idea of radical economic transformation is not wrong in itself. The problem arises when people use the term radical economic transformation to mask self-enrichment and to promote the interests of a select few.

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