King Mohammed VI Congratulates New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

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In his first State of the Nation address to parliament, Ramaphosa struck a note of optimism and outlined a vision to revive the country's economy.

Ramaphosa said key manufacturing sectors would be overhauled to demonstrate opportunities for worldwide investors and said there there would be further actions to boost growth in the agricultural sector. To many, he represents a kind of royalty of the African National Congress (ANC), an upper class that has grown removed from the average South African the party still claims to champion.

Seen as an ally of Zuma, Ramaphosa in 2014 was appointed deputy president of the country.

He is mired in corruption allegations, involving nepotism, influence-peddling, and conflicts of interest.

She also said that "as things stand we have a two-tier education system - a working and effective school system for a small group of children and then a dysfunctional system for the majority of the children".

The opposition leader said Ramaphosa had promised no major policy reform‚ instead only tinkering with current policies that had not brought change to the lives of South Africans.

Ramaphosa founded the National Union of Mineworkers, which organized the poor laborers who provided the backbone of the apartheid economy. "There are clearly limits to what can be achieved related to the cost and complexity of mining in South Africa".

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Zuma resigned reluctantly after his party threatened to oust him via a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Invoking the memory of Mandela, whose centenary will be commemorated domestically and internationally this year, Ramaphosa said that "every action, every effort, every utterance" should be devoted to the realisation of Mandela's vision of a democratic, just and equitable society.

The story goes that he was so upset at not having been chosen by Nelson Mandela as his successor that he left politics and went into business. The country faces many economic challenges, including unemployment of over 25 percent and slow growth.

Moody's put South Africa on review for downgrade in November previous year and is due to determine whether it will withdraw South Africa's investment grade credit rating in March, citing similar concerns to those of S&P.

Ramaphosa became the leader of the ANC, Africa's oldest liberation movement, in December by narrowly defeating Zuma's ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Many Ramaphosa supporters and even some former Zuma allies have blamed Zuma for the party's woes.

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