The Economist is of the view that Ramaphosa faces a daunting task if the ANC wins the 2019 national and provincial elections however hailed him for bringing “the country back from the brink” even though “it is still teetering”.
“South Africa is the most industrialised economy in Africa, the continent’s business hub and its most influential actor on the global stage. Yet just as important is its symbolism. If it were to overcome its history of repression and racism, that would offer hope to all countries, in Africa and beyond
Listed in the “leader” category, he keeps company with Imran Khan, US president Donald Trump and Catholic Pope Francis.
In a biography, Vivienne Walt wrote that Ramaphosa was “raised in the township of Soweto, [and] he honed his political skills helping his country navigate its way out of apartheid”.
With just under two weeks left until South Africans cast their vote, Time described Ramaphosa as the “the chance to end corruption and grow the stalled economy” in South Africa which could be his “toughest battle yet”.