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Biography

Cyril Ramaphosa was born on 17 November 1952. He was elected Deputy President of the African National Congress at its 53rd National Conference in Mangaung, December 2012.

He grew up in Soweto, but matriculated, in 1971 at the Mphaphuli High School in Sibasa, Venda. In 1976 he was detained for a second time for six months. Subsequent to his release, he became a law clerk for a Johannesburg firm of attorneys and continued his studies through the University of South Africa, from where he obtained his B. Proc. Degree in 1981.

He was elected Secretary General of the African National Congress in 1991. He is widely respected as a skilful negotiator and strategist, he played a leading role as an ANC negotiator at CODESA.

He is also known for the role he played in building the National Union of Mineworkers up into biggest trade union in South Africa.

Following the first democratic elections in 1994, Ramaphosa became a member of parliament. He was elected chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly on 24 May 1994 and played a central role in the drafting of the South African Constitution.

Among other positions, he is executive chairman of Shanduka Group, a company he founded. Shanduka Group has investments in the Resources Sector, Energy Sector, Real Estate, Banking, Insurance, and Telecoms (SEACOM). He is also chairman of The Bidvest Group Limited, and MTN. His other non-executive directorships include Macsteel Holdings, Alexander Forbes, Standard Bank and SABMiller. In March 2007 he was appointed Non-Executive joint Chairman of Mondi, a leading international paper and packaging group, when the company demerged from Anglo American plc.

Document written by Cyril Ramaphosa

Speeches

13 August 2017 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at OR Tambo Memorial Lecture, Andrew Mapheto Zone
12 July 2017 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 14th Congress of the South African Communist Party
26 June 2017 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 11th National Congress of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union
7 February 2016 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC 104th Birthday Celebration in Limpopo
6 February 2016 Remarks by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC Limpopo Gala Dinner
5 December 2015 Address By ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at Cosatu's 30th Anniversary Celebrations Curries Fountain, Durban
29 September 2015 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at Freedom Charter Forum
25 September 2015 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association 3rd National General Council
16 September 2015 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Northern Cape Local Government Elections Summit; Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre, Kimberley
7 November 2014 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC Mpumalanga Gala Dinner
24 October 2014 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC Nelson Mandela Region Gala Dinner
3 October 2014 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Gauteng ANC Provincial Conference
19 July 2014 Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture, Bram Fischer Building, Mangaung
16 July 2014 Speaking Notes for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Preparation for the KZN ANC Unmediated Forum
26 June 2014 Speech by Acting President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of the Black Business Council 2014
19 January 2014 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC Gauteng manifesto launch rally in Atteridgeville
10 September 2013 National Development Plan Lecture by the National Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa at the Wits University
21 February 2013 Address by Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC Deputy President to members of the Jewish Community

Sephadi

12 July 2017 Address by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 14th Congress of the South African Communist Party

Media Statements

12 November 2013 Statement by ANC Deputy President on reaction to his comments in Limpopo
4 October 2012 ANC NDCA statement on the application lodged by the ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Disciplinary Committee
24 April 2012 Summary of the NDCA Ruling
17 April 2012 Announcement on the application by Julius Malema to set aside his summary suspension imposed by the ANC`s (NDC)
3 April 2012 NDCA Statement
24 January 2012 Statement of the ANC National Disciplinary Committee of Appeal
15 January 1996 Death of King Moshoeshoe II
30 July 1992 Statement on the PE Newspapers Boycott
8 March 1992 Statement by the NWC of the ANC on the trial by media of W. Mandela

Articles

12 March 2012 The content of the Constitution must align with its intent

Reports

19 December 1994 49th National Conference: Secretary General`s Report