In honour of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oliver Tambo, the ANC has declared 2017 as ‘The Year of OR Tambo’. Several structures have launched Tambo Fridays to celebrate his life and contribution.
The Tambo Friday initiative seeks to deepen unity, promote an activist ANC and encourage cadre development.
It is part of the broader effort to rebuild and renew the movement.
We will profile events and leaders who demonstrate the values and qualities of OR Tambo.
Key Achievements: The ideal leader for the ANC and South Africa.
The CR17 campaign is promoting the candidature of CYRIL RAMAPHOSA for ANC President to lead the organisation into a new era of unity and renewal.
Ramaphosa has the attributes needed to confront the challenges facing the movement and the country:
– He is a unifier and a builder.
– He is competent and capable.
– He has an excellent understanding of the economy and governance.
– He is tough on corruption.
– He is committed to transformation.
See below the key points of Cyril Ramaphosa’s life that highlight his achievements. This shows his proven track record that indicates that he is the ideal leader for the ANC and South Africa.
In 1974 he was chair of the local branch of two Black Consciousness organisations: the South African Student’s Organisation and the Student Christian Movement.
He was detained in solitary confinement for 11 months in Pretoria Central Prison in 1974, followed by 6 months in the infamous John Vorster Square detention centre in Johannesburg in 1976.
He completed his law degree by correspondence through the University of South Africa in 1981 after nine years.
Tasked to form the National Union of Mineworkers in 1982, 5 years later with 350 000 members it was the fastest-growing union in the world.
In 1987 aged just 34 he led mineworkers in one of the biggest strikes ever held in South African history, which lasted over 3 weeks.
He received the Olaf Palme Prize in 1987 for great “courage and wisdom in the struggle for human rights and dignity”. After initially being refused a passport to travel to Britain that year, is permitted to travel to Stockholm to receive it.
On 11 February 1990 Ramaphosa introduced Nelson Mandela to thousands of supporters outside Cape Town City Hall upon his release from prison – where Mandela delivered his first public speech in 30 years.
He rose to prominence as head of the ANC delegation that negotiated the end of apartheid with the then government in November 1991. In the same year he was a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford University in the USA.
He is lauded and respected as co-convener of the country’s internationally acclaimed Constitution, for which he received The Order of the Baobab in Silver.
Nelson Mandela chose Ramaphosa as Secretary General for the ANC on 5 July 1991.
Ramaphosa announced that he would enter private business in early 1996, and within 6 months had been appointed as Deputy Chairman of New Africa Investments Limited (NAIL) and chairman of the National Empowerment Consortium (NEC).
He chaired the Black Economic Empowerment Commission, which helped establish South Africa’s broad-based empowerment policies.
He established Shanduka Group in 2002, which he built into a leading black-owned and -managed diversified investing holding company. After his appointment as Deputy President in 2014 Ramaphosa divested of his stake in Shanduka.
Ramaphosa is chairperson of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (formerly Shanduka Foundation) which does critical work in education, skills development and enterprise development.
The Cyril Ramaphosa 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 900 black-owned small businesses that have created 10 000 jobs.
He is married to Dr Tshepo Motsepe, sister of mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, and has four children.
As Chairman of the National Planning Commission he is responsible for strategic planning for the country, and for putting together the National Development Plan.
He is also Chairperson of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC), which leads South Africa’s response to the national HIV and AIDS pandemic.
Cyril Ramaphosa started supporting disadvantaged students with bursaries to attend university in 1996.
In October 2017 the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust withdrew a bursary it had awarded to a student after a video emerged of her making racist slurs.