Cyril Ramaphosa (Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa) is a South African politician; who started his political career in the 1970’s. He has been the Deputy President of South Africa under Jacob Zuma since 2014.
Ramaphosa is also an activist and a business mogul known for his investments, partnerships and deal closing abilities. In 2011, Ramaphosa took over the McDonald’s franchise in South Africa.
Ramaphosa was born on the 17th of November 1952, his father (Samuel Ramaphosa)was a policeman and he is the second child of his mother (Erdmuth Ramaphosa).
Ramaphosa is married to Dr. Tshepo Motsepe and they have four children together. Ramaphosa is estimated to be worth over $650 Million.
His involvement with the student politics while at the University of the North was the starting point to a bright future ahead. While at the university, he joined the South African Students Organisation (SASO), and the Black People’s Convention (BPC).
In his early days, he was arrested and detained multiple times; for organising and taking part in various political rallies. Ramaphosa influential activities laid the map out for him to become the Secretary General of the ANC in 1991.
Kgalema Motlanthe was the third President of South Africa; he was also the Deputy President of South Africa under Jacob Zuma between the 9th of May 2009 and the 26th of May 2014.
Motlanthe was succeeded by Cyril Ramaphosa as the Deputy President of the African National Congress in 2012, and was also succeeded by Ramaphosa as the Deputy President of South Africa in 2014; under Jacob Zuma.
Shortly after his degree, Ramaphosa joined the National Council of Trade Unions as a legal advisor and further went on to start a union of mineworkers (National Union of Mineworks – NUM). He was the union’s first General Secretary and retained the position until he resigned in 1991.
The Shanduka Group is a South African investment holding company; which focuses on telecommunications, food and beverage, property, energy, financial services and industrial sectors. The company was founded by Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa lives in his own mansion in Hyde Park, Johannesburg; as opposed to the State House provide for him. The choice of him living in his own house was due to the fact his wife and kids still live there and are comfortable there.
Being the Deputy President of South Africa, he is assigned a comprehensive security detail and he moves with a large convoy, which could be disturbing to the neighbours. In regards to the above concern, Mamoepa has said the two neighbours with entrances near his gate are considerate, accommodating and they relate well with his security detail.
Furthermore, Ramaphosa is currently building another mansion at the foot Lion’s Head in Cape Town (believed to be his retirement home). With a combined size of 1 423m², the land alone is well worth over thirty million Rand.