Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at Regenesys Business School in Sandton on Thursday 22 June.
He was awarded this Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable business success, as he possesses exemplary leadership qualities, makes an outstanding contribution to socio-economic development and lives a life of high moral and ethical standards.
Regenesys Chairman Dr Marko Saravanja presented the award to Deputy President Ramaphosa for his longevity and his contribution towards leadership, development and his vision for a better world.
“I consider him to be one of fathers of the nation, next to (former President) Mandela,” said Dr Saravanja, “He contributed significantly to the birth of South Africa and was involved in the negotiations when the country was on the brink of civil war. He used his talents, skills and diplomacy to negotiate a peaceful democracy”.
Dr Saravanja continued, “I also respect him because of his leadership in both the public and business sector – he is a role model to most people.” The event was livestreamed to the rest of Africa and India.
Biography of Deputy President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
Deputy President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa coordinates a number of key developmental programmes and interventions involving a broad range of ministries, public entities and civil society formations.
He registered to study law, became involved in student politics, was detained several times and founded the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in 1982. As NUM General Secretary, Deputy President Ramaphosa was instrumental in the establishment of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and played a prominent role against the apartheid government. He served as chairperson of the National Reception Committee, which coordinated the release of Nelson Mandela.
Following the unbanning of the ANC, he was elected ANC Secretary General and became head of the ANC’s negotiation team at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) and the subsequent multi-party talks. Following South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, he was elected as Chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly and oversaw the drafting of our constitution.
Deputy President Ramaphosa moved into business, joined New Africa Investments Limited and established Shanduka Group as a black-owned investment holding company in 2001. In 2004, he established the Shanduka Foundation (now the Cyril
Ramaphosa Foundation), focusing on education and small business development.
Academic Background: Deputy President Ramaphosa registered to study law at the University of the North in 1972, where he became involved in student politics. He continued his studies through the University of South Africa (UNISA) obtaining his B. Proc degree in 1981.
Deputy President Ramaphosa has received honorary doctorates from the University of Natal, the University of Port Elizabeth, the University of Cape Town, the University of the North, the University of Lesotho, the University of Venda and the University of Massachusetts (USA). He is currently the Chancellor of the University of Mpumalanga.