Jan 8 Statement: Ramaphosa to consider upcoming local elections, impact of COVID

This also marks the start of the ANC calendar and should outline plans the party has for both itself and its government.

FILE: ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and party secretary general Ace Magashule. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa is on Friday evening expected to consider the economy, the impact of COVID-19, the general state of the party and the upcoming local government elections when he delivers his January 8 Statement.

This also marks the start of the ANC calendar and should outline plans the party has for both itself and its government.

It also gives a broad framework of what’s to be expected in the State of the Nation Address taking place next month.

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Issues such as gender-based violence, unemployment and healthcare are expected to feature prominently in the address.

2020 was a particularly difficult year for Ramaphosa and his national executive committee.

From corruption scandals to managing internal factions and the alliance to dealing with even greater challenges that come with being in government.

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Many say that on Friday, the ANC would have to deliver a message that seeks to bring both its members and the country together under one vision.

It also has to show that the party can still be salvaged and remains fit for the cause while attempting to woo potential voters ahead of the upcoming local government elections.

Ramaphosa will virtually address the ANC at 7 pm.


The ANC faces a tough time, trying to reignite hope in those who have long stopped believing it can deliver on its 27-year-old promise of a better life.

Ramaphosa is expected to again try and restore hope in an election year.

Kgotso, a young man from Ga-Phasha in the Sekhukhune District Municipality wants the president to talk about plans to deliver quality education.

“How are you going to raise the standard of education to reach international standards? Why is it the minority who gets that opportunity and not the majority?”

Kgotso is a cook and barman at a local establishment in the village and said he had to teach himself everything he knew.

Unlike other young men he was socialising with, he still has hope in Ramaphosa even though he bemoans the ANC’s track record.

“I actually have so much faith in this guy because he is educated, and he is a businessman. I was going to talk to him like a businessman.”

Like many other villagers, Kgotso was looking forward to interacting with the president during some of the community meetings that were planned in the area but those had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

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