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Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa

Date of Birth: 17/11/1952
Place of Birth: Johannesburg


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The man behind the sofa story

Once a key associate of President Jacob Zuma in the state security and intelligence apparatus Arthur Fraser has leapt onto the front pages with his claims about the burglary at President Cyril Ramaphosa's farm in 2020...


'Farmgate' rocks Ramaphosa

On a wintry day on 13 June in Johannesburg Carl Niehaus the spokesman of the African National Congress's so-called Radical Economic Transformation (RET) faction led a delegation into the Rosebank police station in Johannesburg and laid an accusation of money-laundering kidnapping and corruption against President Cyril Ramaphosa...


KwaZulu-Natal braces for a showdown

Political contestation between Zuma loyalists in the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) faction and supporters of President Cyril Ramaphosa is reaching fever pitch as the provincial elective conference approaches in July ahead of the ANC's national policy conference at the end of July and the national elective conference in December (See accompanying feature 'Farmgate' rocks Ramaphosa)...


How manganese pipeline helps the ANC

This critical source of money may explain pundits say President Cyril Ramaphosa's reluctance to condemn Russia's war in Ukraine...

On 15 June South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Russia's Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone apparently at Ramaphosa's request after which the Kremlin reported that the presidents had 'expressed satisfaction with the current level of the two countries' strategic partnership'...


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Dire warnings on energy crunch raise questions on green investment

Yet President Cyril Ramaphosa's government remains divided over strategy: specifically about the mix between fossil fuels and renewables and the pace at which the country retires its massive coal-fired power stations (AC Vol 62 No 22 Leaders clash over climate)...

One of the most publicised is that of mining magnate Patrice Motsepe President Cyril Ramaphosa's brother-in-law which announced a medium-term target of adding 5 000MW of renewable power to South Africa's grid and 2 000MW over the next year...

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Net closes around the Guptas

They are likely to rat on Zuma and his allies in exchange for a lighter sentence So far President Cyril Ramaphosa has not reacted publicly to the Guptas' arrest but the timing is helpful as he is fighting off accusations from Arthur Fraser former intelligence chief and ally of Zuma's that he had broken forex regulations and was storing US dollars in his farmhouse...


Zuma's securocrats rattle Ramaphosa

Arthur Fraser the former head of the country's State Security Agency has called for a criminal investigation against Cyril Ramaphosa which will badly damage the ruling African National Congress and the President's reputation...


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Delegates agree rules for the next pandemic

That was followed by the frustration of many African leaders at the difficulty and delays in obtaining Covid vaccines prompting accusations of 'vaccine apartheid' from South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa (Dispatches 7/11/21 Rich countries offer funds for future vaccine production but do little this year to get the serum to developing economies)...

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Diplomacy on ice

The international argument over how to respond Moscow's invasion of Ukraine played out with some diplomatic grace when Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria on 24 May...


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