Quotes From President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA

Ramaphosa targets graft vows jobs in new dawn for

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng would then swear in the new president, who will give a state of the nation address on Friday evening.

Buhari added that he "looks forward to working with the new President of South Africa to enhance cooperation of the Governments of Africa's two leading economies".

Ramaphosa said government would urgently overhaul the appointments of oversight boards of state-owned enterprises‚ which up to now have been plagued by allegations of corruption‚ financial mismanagement and maladministration. Yet we are bound together by a common destiny, ' he said.

ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe, meanwhile, compared Ramaphosa to Madiba, saying he had spoken to the concerns many South Africans have.

As leaders of political parties left the National Assembly, broadcasters spoke to them about their reactions to Ramaphosa's speech.

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa on his election as the President of the Republic of South Africa.

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"Cyril Ramaphosa's plan for South Africa is too much of a continuation of the Zuma era", said Mmusi Maimane, leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance.

Speaking to Inside Education on Friday, Professor Ruksana Osman said that Ramaphosa will have to address the "overall functionality" of the education system to ensure that all children have access to a good quality education.

Equal Education said that in the last 10 years it has identified problems in the South Africa education system, detailed their solutions, and led campaigns that have resulted in change.

In a direct appeal to poorer black voters - the core of the ANC's support - Ramaphosa said he would aim to speed up the transfer of land to black people.

Africa's most developed economy needs faster economic growth if it is to reduce high unemployment - now at 27 percent - and alleviate widespread poverty that has persisted since the end of white minority rule in 1994. What SA wants is how we use tax to influence manufacturing.

A few months after the massacre, having become one of the richest men on the continent, with a fortune estimated at $450 million, Ramaphosa re-entered politics full-time.

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"Speculation is rife over who will read the budget on Wednesday, although we will be more focused on the content than the persona".

Parliament is set to elect a new president Thursday afternoon.

The parliament is dominated by the ruling African National Congress and is expected to select acting President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Jacob Zuma, who resigned as president late Wednesday.

Asked if he would remain in his post under Ramaphosa, Gigaba said he served at the pleasure of the president who had the prerogative to both "appoint and disappoint" ministers.

After Ramaphosa's election as party leader in mid-December, his camp began pressing to remove Zuma as the country's president as soon as possible.

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