Ramaphosa marked workers’ day as public holiday in South Africa

South Africa: International worker’s day is also known as an international labour’s day, and the country celebrates it to express gratitude to all the working class for their accomplishments and contributions of labourers and workers. 

On the worker’s day, President Cyril Ramaphosa reassured South Africans that the government of South Africa was doing their best in order to improve the lives of the working class as well as the poor. 

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As per his weekly newsletter, the wage grievances of the workers in Rustenburg deserve the attention of all stakeholders, labours and employers so that they can reach a fair and sustainable settlement. 

After this, the President could not address the May Day rally at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday due to protesting mineworkers. 

Furthermore, he stated that the government is committed to taking the necessary actions for the workers so that their lives can also improve and their working conditions. 

Then, the President highlighted some government interventions to ease the financial pressure on the poor and working class, which they are currently going through, which has also been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As per the current plans of the government in which, they are undertaking fundamental economic reforms that will be going to improve the competitiveness and economic contribution of the energy, water, telecommunications and transport industries.

These reforms, together with increased investment in infrastructure, will enable faster economic growth and employment creation.

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“President also tweeted in which he highlighted the wage grievances of the workers in Rustenberg and also mentioned that all the workers deserve the attention of all stakeholders, employers and labour so that is fair and sustainable settlement can be reached; as a government, we are doing our duty.”


The workers employed by the Sibanye-Stillwater mine are demanding a wage rise of 1,000 rands ($63) per month instead of the 850 rands ($54) being offered by the mine.