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Media briefing on progress in the implementation of Operation Vulindlela

The Presidency and the National Treasury will on Wednesday, 22 May 2024 host a joint media briefing to provide an update on progress in the implementation of economic reforms through Operation Vulindlela. 

Operation Vulindlela is a government-wide initiative to accelerate the implementation of structural reform and achieve more rapid and inclusive economic growth. It aims to modernise and transform network industries, including electricity, water, transport, and telecommunications.

The progress report will cover new developments in the past quarter, as well as a review of what has been achieved in advancing economic reform since Operation Vulindlela was initiated in October 2020 and the next steps in the reform programme.

Members of the media are invited to attend the media briefing as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2024
Time: 10:30
Venue: Union Buildings, Room 159

Media RSVPs should be directed to Patience Mtshali via email: cc Hlobisile Nkosi   

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President –

Issued by: The Presidency

Minister of Electricity to visit Matimba and Medupi power stations

Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Minister in The Presidency responsible for Electricity, will be visiting Medupi and Matimba Power Stations in Lephalale tomorrow, 22 May 2024.

This visit is part of his ongoing efforts to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work of power station staff in improving generation performance.

This visit follows recent engagements at Megawatt Park, as well as Kusile, Kendal, Arnot, Hendrina, Duvha, Camden, Majuba, Tutuka, Lethabo, and Grootvlei Power Stations.

These visits come at a time when the country has experienced over 50 days without load shedding, with a notable increase in energy availability.

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2024


Time: 10h00 - 11h45
Venue: Medupi Power Station


Time: 12h15 - 14h35
Venue: Matimba Power Station

Media representatives interested in attending must complete the attached form (Media Desk_Request to take footage at Eskom power stations_0.pdf) and send it to / /


Media inquiries: Tsakane Khambane, Spokesperson in the Ministry of Electricity, on 082 084 5555 or 

Issued by: The Presidency

Keynote address by Deputy President Shipokosa Paulus Mashatile at the Launch of the South African National Service Institute, CSIR International Conference Centre, Pretoria

Programme Director;
Honourable Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma;
Honourable Minister of Defence, Ms Thandi Modise;
Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande in absentia;
Senior Government officials;
Our partners from the various Government departments, the private sector, the CSIR, Chief of the South African National Defence Force;
The Defense Industry and all representatives of the SA National Defense Force;
Learners from various schools present today;
National Youth Service (NYS) participants present today;
Members of the media;
Esteemed guests, colleagues, and compatriots;

Good Morning, Sanibonani, Avuxeni!

It is indeed a great honour that I stand before you today as we launch the South African National Service Institute (SANSI). As Deputy President, I am proud to witness the establishment of an institution that seeks to implement one of the key interventions - the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)-led National Youth Service (NYS), which will be a bastion of unity, service, and progress in our nation.

Maybe I should also confess that I felt compelled to be part of this launch because it speaks directly to my delegated responsibility of leading the Human Resources DevelopmentCouncil of South Africa (HRDC), which is tasked with fostering collaboration between Government and social partners towards addressing the shortage of skills in the critical sectors of the economy.

Minister Nzimande, who helps run the HRDC, will attest that we have been interacting with diverse stakeholders in order to develop social compacts that will help create a capable and progressive state. 

As Government, we need more business and Government initiatives that provide young men and women with opportunities to learn and give them a national service identity that embodies discipline, patriotism, and the highest level of professionalism. 

We aim to ensure that young individuals are equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications to secure employment upon completing their education. Additionally, we want to foster an entrepreneurial mindset among young people, enabling them to contribute to the reduction of unemployment in our nation.

To this end, the 6th Administration identified high youth unemployment as its top priority. We have implemented numerous mass-scale employment programmes, many of which are significantly addressing the youth unemployment crisis and transforming the lives of our young people, their families, and communities.

We have introduced initiatives such as the Presidential Employment Stimulus, which is founded on the belief that inclusive economic growth cannot happen without social justice. As it stands, the initiative has created over 1.7 million jobs, opportunities, and more.

Despite these interventions, many of our youths remain on the margins of real economic participation. According to the latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey for instance, the official unemployment rate stands at 32,9 %, which was an increase of 0,8 of a percentage point in Q1 of 2024 compared to Q4 of 2023.

According to the survey, youth aged 15–24 years and 25–34 years continue to have the highest unemployment rates at 59.7% and 40.7%, respectively. Approximately 3,6 million (35,5%) out of 10,3 million young people aged 15–24 were not in employment, education, or training (NEET).

This implies that we must double our efforts and collaborate to address this socio-economic imbalance, which disproportionately affects young men and women who wish to contribute to the growth of our society. Our efforts should focus on disrupting the structural after-lives of an economy that has consistently subjugated the marginalised for decades.

Ladies and gentlemen,

There is also no better way to confront the unemployment problem than to face it head-on. However, we must solely focus on skilling the youth in sectors with high absorption capacity, connecting them to much-needed jobs, eliminating the inequality gap, and lifting them out of poverty to achieve economic liberation.

In this regard, I am pleased that the Department of Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities, in collaboration with the Department of Defence, adopted a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to the skills revolution for the unskilled.

This will have a significant impact on restoring livelihoods, creating wealth, and alleviating poverty and hunger among the marginalised. Therefore, we prioritise the SANDF-led NYS as a special project, piloting and implementing it in the country's poorest districts, where the greatest need is present.

The SANDF-led National Youth Service aims to optimise Government resources by spearheading impactful projects that assist the nation's most vulnerable citizens. This initiative provides the basis and motivation for what will be a game-changing intervention by the South African Government in advancing the well-being of the country’s marginalised population.

In a broad sense, we envisaged inviting and encouraging young people to voluntarily join the National Youth Service, beginning with a character-building programme and progressing to industry-demand-based education and training, ultimately leading to gainful employment or entrepreneurship.

The younger generation in this country is a valuable asset, and I contend that it is our duty as a society to help them realise their latent capabilities. They are also resilient; many of them have faced adversity in their lives, yet they persevere. They also have brilliant minds; to participate in the economy and sometimes all they need is recognition.

Consequently, this initiative is a step towards reinforcing our country's ongoing war on youth unemployment by massifying value-chain-driven and sector-specific skills development, enterprise development, production brigades, and infant industries to power South Africa's re-industrialisation targets.

Therefore, the SANDF-led NYS, as a nationally coordinated war on youth unemployment, represents a massive investment in the effort to get young people trained and capacitated to participate in the economy. It is also a significant milestone in our journey towards a stronger, more resilient society. It stands as a testament to our commitment to foster a culture of service and civic responsibility among our youth and citizens in general through robust implementation of the SANDF-led NYS.

Furthermore, it will serve as a hub for nurturing leadership, fostering skill development, and promoting community engagement. It will empower our young people to contribute meaningfully to the development of our country and the well-being of our communities.

As we launch SANSI today, the institution that will be responsible for implementing the National YouthService let us reaffirm our dedication to building a nation where service to others is not just a duty but a way of life. Let us embrace the values of compassion, solidarity, and inclusivity that define the essence of national service.


I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has worked tirelessly to bring SANSI to this point, both inside and outside Government.

Your unwavering commitment and forward-thinking have laid the groundwork for a more promising future that will benefit future generations.

We certainly hope that more organisations and private institutions will follow suit to benefit our youth, who are the future of our country.

Youth with skills are a greater resource for the country in terms of economic growth, fighting inequality, and poverty alleviation. They play an important role in shaping South Africa into the kind of society that we want it to be.

Let us, therefore, avoid being a stumbling block and instead serve as a stepping stone to a more promising future that offers unbounded opportunities to all individuals.

In conclusion, I would also like to urge all South Africans to support the SANDF-led National Youth Service and embrace the opportunities that the National Service Institute will offer. Provincial launches will take place throughout all nine provinces, with the project aiming to reach at least 100,000 youth participants in the current fiscal year. 

I urge all young individuals who meet the eligibility requirements for the NYS to submit their applications promptly and in large quantities. The youth must also take advantage of the opportunity presented by the programme to equip themselves with the much-needed skills.

Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to thank all our compatriots living abroad who flocked to voting stations to cast their ballots over the weekend. I encourage all South Africans to go out in their numbers and vote on 29 May 2024.

Remember, placing your crosses on the ballot papers will fulfill a task that history has put on your shoulders. Most importantly, you will be deciding for yourselves the direction of our country and the path that we should take to get there.

It is my greatest privilege and honour to officially launch the South African National Service Institute.

I thank you.

South Africa welcomes ICC announcement on the application for arrest warrants for the situation in the State of Palestine

South Africa welcomes the decision by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Kahn KC, on the application for arrest warrants for the Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Israel and three leaders of Hamas for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute of the ICC within the context of the present conflict in Gaza.

The law must be applied equally to all in order to uphold the international rule of law, ensure accountability for those that commit heinous crimes and protect the rights of victims.   

To this end, the Rome Statute is premised on holding those most responsible for atrocity crimes accountable for their conduct.

"South Africa is committed to the international rule of law, universal respect for human rights and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiation and not war, and the self-determination of all peoples, including the Palestinians," says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

This commitment together with the paralysis experienced in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), preventing it from exercising its peace and security mandate with respect to the conflict in Gaza, resulted in South Africa in approaching the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), on the basis of the Genocide Convention, with a view to restrain Israeli action and protect Palestinian civilians and non-combatants.

South Africa recalls that the widespread deprivation of food and other basic necessities and the blocking of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza resulted in unprecedented levels of food insecurity and formed the basis for its request to the Court to order additional provisional measures against Israel.

"We have also consistently held that all participants to the conflict must ensure that fighting and hostilities come to an immediate end, that all hostages must be released immediately, and that Israel immediately withdraws its military forces from Gaza. This is the only way in which the rights of the Palestinian civilian population can be protected and the basis for sustainable peace can be achieved," says the President. 

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President, on

Issued by: The Presidency

Joint statement on the telephone call between President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Charles Michel

Today, HE President Cyril Ramaphosa and the President of the European Council, HE Mr Charles Michel, had a bilateral telephone conversation. The two leaders held a positive and constructive discussion on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues that they share as strategic partners.

They reaffirmed the importance of South African and European engagement to address challenges to global peace and security as well as reaffirmed the importance of respect for international law. 

They both welcomed the recent bilateral South Africa-European Union Political and Security Dialogue Forum, and the Human Rights Dialogue held in Pretoria on 26 and 27 February 2024, and they agreed to continue stepping up cooperation to support stability and prosperity.

In this regard, both Presidents discussed the importance of upholding the UN charter and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity notably in Ukraine. Furthermore, both Presidents stressed the importance of addressing urgently the situation in the Middle East, notably reaching a ceasefire in Gaza, release of hostages as well as the provision of humanitarian assistance, recalling the orders of the International Court of Justice in this respect. 

They both underlined the importance of a political solution to the tensions in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo through support to ongoing peace processes and recalled their appeal to the warring parties in Sudan for an immediate and durable ceasefire. 

They also agreed to work closely in the run up to and during South Africa’s upcoming Presidency of the G20 in 2025, including on the protection and advancement of multilateral cooperation and the international rules-based order.

Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Charles Michel further discussed the strategic partnership between the European Union and South Africa, which has brought economic and social dividends to both sides since its inception. 

They welcomed recent engagements in Brussels and in Pretoria to deepen and expand the partnership to new areas of mutual interest, such as strategic value chains in the sectors of green hydrogen, critical minerals and vaccines, which will also support progress in regional integration and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Against this framework of close and regular cooperation, both Presidents agreed to hold a bilateral Summit at earliest convenience.

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President, on

Issued by: The Presidency

Deputy President Mashatile together with Department of Defence and DWYPD to launch the SA National Service Institute

Deputy President Paul Mashatile will tomorrow, 21 May 2024, together with the Department of Defence and the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD), launch the National Youth Service Initiative aimed at confronting the approximately 3,6 million youth unemployment in South Africa. 

The establishment of SANSI aims to develop, capacitate, and empower young unemployed TVET and university graduates through a  purposeful and smooth skills-to-industry pipeline that will lead to innovative entrepreneurship and long-term, sustainable employment. 

It is envisaged that the initiative will transform young people into courageous agents of change who will tackle the country’s most pressing issues in the following strategic work streams: Food and Agricultural Value Chain Commercialisation; Maritime and Oceans Economy; Engineering and Construction; Manufacturing and Infrastructure Rollout; as well as the skills of the future, which include the digital technologies and electronics. 

The joint initiative by the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will rally all of Government and all of society behind the national coordinated effort to reinforce the ongoing war against youth unemployment.

Deputy President Mashatile will be joined by Ministers Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Thandi Modise of DWYPD and Department of Defence, respectively, as well as representatives from the public and private sectors who have partnered with Government on this initiative. 

Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 21 May 2024
Time: 09h00 - 12h00
Venue: CSIR International Conference Centre, Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria 

Media enquiries: Mr Keith Khoza, Acting Spokesperson to the Deputy President on 066 195 8840 or Mr Cassius Selala on or 060 534 0672

Issued jointly by: The Presidency and the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

President Ramaphosa mourns passing of His Excellency President Sayyid Ebrahim Raise of the Islamic Republic of Iran

President Cyril Ramaphosa is deeply saddened by the air disaster that has claimed the lives of Iranian President Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and personnel.

President Raisi and Minister Amir-Abdollahian died when their helicopter crashed in East Azerbaijan while the leaders were en route back to Iran on Sunday, 19 May 2024.

On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, President Ramaphosa offers his deep condolences to the Supreme Leader of Iran, The Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, and the government and people of the Islamic Republic.

President Ramaphosa’s thoughts are with the families of the late President and Foreign Minister as well as the relatives of the personnel and air crew who perished.

President Ramaphosa, who as Deputy President paid a working visit to Iran in November 2015, said: “This is an extraordinary, unthinkable tragedy that has claimed a remarkable leader of a nation with whom South Africa enjoys strong bilateral relations and whom we were honoured to welcome to the BRICS fold in Johannesburg in 2023.

“Our hearts go out to the affected families and the administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“We join Iran in this moment of mourning.”

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President, on

Issued by: The Presidency

Late Justice Yvonne Makgoro honoured with Special Official Funeral Category

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared that the late retired Constitutional Justice Yvonne Mokgoro be honoured with a Special Official Funeral Category 1.

Justice Mokgoro, who was an Esteemed Member of the Order of the Baobab, passed away on 9 May 2024 at the age of 73.

In recognition of her distinguished career and contribution to the nation, President Ramaphosa has declared, in terms of Chapter 1.3.2(a) of the State, Official and Provincial Funeral Policy Manual, that the late justice be accorded a Special Official Funeral Category 1.

The distinguishing features of a special official funeral in this category include ceremonial elements by the South African National Defence Force.

President Ramaphosa has also declared that the national flag be flown at half mast at all flag stations around the country from tomorrow morning, Sunday, 19 May 2024, until the evening of the funeral on Thursday, 23 May 2024.

Further details of the funeral, which will be held in Johannesburg, will be made known in due course.

Justice Mokgoro, one of the first Justices to be appointed to the Constitutional Court when it was established in 1994, was also the first black woman judge of the apex court.

During her legal career, she taught a number of law courses at universities in South Africa, the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

She was a member of the International Women's Association (Washington DC), the International Association of Women Judges, the International Federation of Women Lawyers and the South African Women Lawyers Association. In 2006, she was selected as an icon of the history of Women Lawyers in South Africa.

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President, on

Issued by: The Presidency

Minister of Electricity to provide update on Energy Action Plan progress from Megawatt Park

Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Minister in The Presidency responsible for Electricity, will be hosting a media briefing to discuss the latest developments regarding the implementation of the Energy Action Plan.

Date: Monday, 20 May 2024
Time: 09h00 (media setup from 08h00)
Venue: Eskom, Megawatt Park, Maxwell Drive, Sunninghill, Sandton

Live Streaming:

- Facebook: GovernmentZA
- Twitter: GovernmentZA
- YouTube: GovernmentZA


Please RSVP by sending your details (Name, Surname,ID number and Media house) to:

Deadline: 08h30 on Sunday, 19 May 2024

Media enquiries: Tsakane Khambane, Spokesperson in the Ministry of Electricity, on 082 084 5566 /

Issued by: The Ministry in The Presidency for Electricity

President Cyril Ramaphosa's call to vote message - May 2024 Elections

Fellow South Africans, 

On the 29th of May 2024, we will hold elections for national and provincial government.

Many of us remember the historic Election Day in 1994, when we voted for the very first time for a democratic government of our choice.

We all remember how we felt as we stood in long queues patiently waiting to cast our vote for a government of our choice.

As we cast our votes, we were mindful of the weight of history. We were mindful of the fact that so many people had struggled and sacrificed for this right to vote and many had lost their lives in the cause of freedom.

The right to vote has been the cornerstone of our democratic order and is enshrined in the Bill of Rights of our constitution. 

As you cast your ballot, firstly through special vote on the 27th and 28th of May, and many of us on the 29th of May, you will be demonstrating your faith in our democratic order.

By placing your crosses on the ballot papers, you will be executing a responsibility that history has placed on your shoulders.  

Most importantly, you will be deciding for yourself the direction that our country should take and determining the path that we should follow to get there.

By voting, you are taking responsibility for your future and the future of your community.

Your vote is important. Your vote counts. 

As the election campaigns have unfolded, we have shown that we are a diverse, tolerant, and free society where different views can be heard and are respected. 

Let us continue in this way.

Let us all work together to ensure that we have an election that is free, fair, and peaceful. I call upon you to go and vote.

I thank you.

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