Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa praises young entrepreneurs

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa
The president lauded young entrepreneurs for starting businesses during the pandemic

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has praised young entrepreneurs for finding solutions to challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The president said young people had spotted a "silver lining" during the difficult times and offered home-grown solutions.

In his weekly newsletter, President Ramaphosa singled out businesses that had started during the pandemic.

He lauded young people who opened a bicycle delivery service to transport goods from shops to people's homes.

The president also mentioned entertainers who hosted watch parties on online platforms during the lockdown.

Some have started small business ventures because of personal circumstances, like losing their jobs. Others who were previously unemployed have seized the opportunity provided by the pandemic to create their own income."

The president said the economy cannot wait until the pandemic is over to recover adding that "it needs to start now".

The country has 364,328 confirmed cases of coronavirus including 5,033 deaths.

'Inspiring' South African queen dies of Covid-19

A royal family in South Africa has confirmed the death of Queen Noloyiso Sandile from Covid-19.

A sister to the current Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, she served as regent of the amaRharhabe royal family.

Queen Noloyiso was married to the amaRharhabe monarch, Maxhoba Sandile, for over two decades until his death in 2011.

She was then made the regent as her son, Prince Jonguxolo Sandile, was too young to become king.

The 56-year-old had been admitted at a hospital for Covid-19-related complications, the public broadcaster SABC reported.

President Cyril Ramaphosa described her as "a bastion of traditional values and an inspiring and principled leader of her people", saying she had played a significant role in the development of her kingdom in the Eastern Cape.

South Africa has seven officially recognised monarchs representing different ethnic groups and clans.

Mr Ramaphosa said:

Under her able leadership, the amaRharhabe firmly grasped the nettle of change and adapted to the demands of modern society, all the while holding proudly to their history, traditions and identity."

He also commended her as a champion of rural women who challenged patriarchy in her community:

At a time when we face a grave public health emergency in the form of coronavirus, Queen Noloyiso actively mobilised support for the national effort to combat the pandemic, including calling on communities to halt traditional initiations.

The united stand taken by the seven kingdoms in this regard was a critical intervention to save lives, and we owe a debt to the Queen for the role she played."

The government tweeted a link to his full statement:

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