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Freedom Day should be used to reflect on Progress says Ramaphosa

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By Thys Khiba

Botshabelo – Speaking at Charlotte Maxeke Treatment Centre, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that it cannot be that 27 years into democracy that South Africans are still being denied even the most basic services.

Ramaphosa mentioned water and sanitation as one of the basic services that South Africans cannot be denied due to poor planning, incompetent, mismanagement or corruption.

“…we cannot celebrate Freedom Day without acknowledging how much further we still need to go,” said Ramaphosa.

Meanwhile, in his Freedom Day speech, Ramaphosa has spoken strongly about those who are tasked with service delivery but do not care enough to give people access to housing, education and decent health care.

“In exactly, six months from today we will be holding our sixth local government elections since the advent of democracy,” said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa says that this year’s local elections will be very difficult as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on both the economy and public health.

“Many people have lost their jobs. Businesses have been forced to close. Families are struggling to make ends meet,” said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa has indicated that the task of rebuilding the South African society is a great one. The South African President says every citizen will need to be part of the great effort to restore the economy to health, -to create more jobs, -and to grow more business through, what he calls the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.

Speaking about the Covid-19 pandemic, Ramaphosa encouraged South Africans to continue to provide social distancing, avoiding crowds and closed spaces. He indicated that people must continue to wear face masks in public spaces.

“We are still in the midst of the pandemic, and the likelihood of a third wave of infections remains ever present,” said Ramaphosa.


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