ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Gallo Images
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has praised South Africa’s Jewish community and spelt out some achievements of the ruling party since 1994.
Ramaphosa described the Jewish community as small in numbers but significant in influence and capabilities. He said the vision statement of the National Development Plan (NDP) clearly described the South African way of connecting to each other.
“This is a community that cares deeply about South Africa and is keenly engaged with the issues that affect its future. It is a community with strong roots in this country which has played a significant role in shaping its development,” Ramaphosa said. He said members of the Jewish community had excelled in almost every field of social, scientific and economic endeavour.
“We have a very direct interest in the improvement of the lives of South Africans, be it in the living conditions of migrant workers, the provision of formal housing, water, sanitation and electricity to people living in informal settlements. It is for this reason that a call by President Jacob Zuma for a social compact that brings together labour, business, government and other social partners has such resonance.
“The call said that although these sectors may have different interests, they share an overriding concern about the growth of our economy and the transformation of our society.”