According to Cyril Rhamaphosa’s good friend, Richard Holbrooke, Rhamaphosa will not return to politics and is not interested in the Presidency. This is sad for many South Africans who admire and respect him tremendously as a politician and businessman.
Cyril Rhamaphosa is listed in TIME’s list of the 100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world. Ranked #83 he is listed in the Category ”Builders & Titans“.
“Ramaphosa’s decision to leave politics was characteristic: decisive, bold and imaginative. He saw an opportunity to show the way to a generation of black South Africans who would gradually control the South African economy. He reached out to white business leaders, but he made black economic empowerment his new issue, tirelessly promoting it and warning that it had to happen. His businesses now include Shanduka Group, an investment firm, and mining and energy interests. There are many who hope that Ramaphosa, just 54, will emerge as South Africa’s next President. But even as he continues a life that includes active involvement—along with his wife Tshepo, a doctor—in the fight against AIDS, he says he is not interested in returning to politics. That would be a loss not only for his country but for the rest of us”.
This is an extract of the article that appears in Time Magazine – Holbrooke is a vice chairman of Perseus, a private-equity fund, and is a former United States ambassador to the United Nations. Read the full article at: Cyril Rhamaposa by Richard C. Holbrooke.