Ramaphosa commits to creating job opportunities for all

President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed that his new administration will tirelessly work to create more jobs and economic opportunities for all.
 
Ramaphosa was speaking at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday following his inauguration as the president of South Africa for the second term.
 
He said he was focused on building a non-racial, non-sexist, and economically developed country, among other things.
 

Ramaphosa expressed his hopes for a better and more united South Africa that would work together to fight unemployment.

“We rededicate ourselves to the task of democratic renewal and social and economic transformation so that no one feels left behind,” he said.

“We dare not linger; we dare not rest, until we have created jobs for those who need them.”
Oath of office
Ramaphosa took the oath of office at a crowded inauguration ceremony on Wednesday that Chief Justice Raymond Zondo presided over.
 

He swore that he would always serve the country to the best of his ability and also promote and protect the rights of South Africans.


“I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa and will obey, observe, uphold, and maintain the constitution and all other laws of the republic.

“I solemnly and sincerely promise that I will always promote all that will advance the republic and oppose all that may harm it.”

The president also swore that he would exhaust his talents to better South Africa, its wellbeing, and that of its people.

“So, as we enter another era in the life of our nation, the resilience of our democracy has once again been tested and the people have spoken loudly that they choose peace and democracy over conflict, violence, undemocratic, and unconstitutional methods,” he said.

Collectively working for justice

The people of South Africa, he added, exercised their democracy to the best of their ability when they decided that there would not be a majority party.

Under the government of national unity, he said the parties would fight for justice for women, economic freedom, and the protection of democracy, among others.


“In their multitudes, in the voices that are many and diverse, the people of South Africa have voted and have made known their wishes, their concerns, and their aspirations.

“We accept and respect the results of the elections, and once again, we say yes. The people of South Africa have spoken, and we accept.

“Their will shall be done without doubt or question.”

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