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Paarl residents brave heat to welcome Ramaphosa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visiting the area as part of an initiative by the ANC.

FILE: South African deputy president and deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: AFP."

CAPE TOWN - Dozens of Paarl residents in the Cape have braved the sweltering heat to welcome ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to Mbekweni.

Ramaphosa's visiting the area as part of an intiative by the ANC which will see top leaders engage with communities.

About 100 Mbekweni residents, old and young, have crammed into a rudimentary shack which serves as the premises of the Assemblies of God Church.

Members of the congregation are using their hymn sheets as fans to cool themselves in the hot, stuffy structure.

They say they'll brave the heat as this is the first time many of them will come face to face with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

They appear to have some pressing questions for him.

The ANC's Marius Fransman says they'll focus on issues specifically affecting this community.

Ramaphosa has highlighted various issues such as farm worker evictions which are affecting many in the community.

He's also says government's National Development Plan will see thousands of houses built, and jobs being provided over the next few years.

"We are going to have a National Development Plan. So that as we go towards 2030, we are able to know and see exactly what needs to be done," he told the gathering.

"Mbekweni is part of my visit to the Boland just to understand the conditions of our people."

The high ranking ANC visit comes a month ahead of by-elections in the area.

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