South African’s Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa has once again scored a first by making an invitation to the corporate world as a solution to end load shedding as a way to power the country’s economy.
Respected as skillful negotiator and strategist, Ramaphosa constructed the biggest and most powerful trade union in SA National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and played a huge role during the negotiations to bring about a peaceful end to apartheid and steered the country towards its first democratic elections in 1994.
Born in Soweto’ now Deputy President of the country, started being involved in student politics that saw him spending at least twelve months in prison under the oppressors nose.
He was instrumental in the formation of Congress of South African Trade Union in the 80s and Managed to grab thousands of members in 1988.
Once again the country needs his iconic personal skills as Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa.
Ramaphosa quickly invited private players to assist in the current power crisis rocking the country that has led to continuous power cuts.
Speaking to Parliament recently, Ramaphosa said that requests for proposals” were being put to the private sector for a new coal-fired power station”.
“The government’s door is open to the private sector providing a coal-fired power station to provide much-needed electricity in South Africa”, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told Members of Parliament.
Ramaphosa intends to solve the crisis in purportedly two phases in short-term and long-term fixations.
He added that independent power producers were already feeding 800 MW into the grid through short term co-generation contracts.
Other alternative power producers like renewable, solar-water heaters, gas and home diesel generators are available to the public albeit at expensive prices band beyond the reach of the poor.
According to Ramaphosa, long-term plans include engaging the international community for new nuclear plants to be constructed in the coming years for a sustainable solution to the power situation.
Local media reports identified Russia as part of already sealed nuclear deal but the government denied such sentiments although they admitted that talks are underway with various countries for a possible deal including Russia, France, USA, China and Canada.
In 1997 after losing an election to Thabo Mbeki, decided to move into private sector where he became Director of New Africa Investments Limited.
Decision to venture into private sector has so far paid dividends for Ramaphosa who continuously denied presidential ambitions despite high speculations into the millennium.
Now back in politics, all the leadership qualities are there as the Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly also dubbing as Chairman of the National Planning Commission.
He founded Shanduka Holdings that has created so many opportunities for the mostly marginalised black entrepreneurs whose core business is in investments in the Resources Sector, Energy Sector, Real Estate, Banking, Insurance and Telecoms.
The 65 year old has several honours that could inspired Africa including voted 34th in the top 100 Great South Africans in 2004 and was included in 2007 Time 100 an annual list of 100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world.
He mediated in the Kenyan crisis of 2007-08 disputed re-election of President Mwai Kibaki. This indicates that the continent has much values and capacity to solve its own issues.