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Ramaphosa: African time a thing of the past

Ramaphosa: African time a thing of the past

Recently elected President of the African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, said the days of operating on African time would be a thing of the past under his administration.

Ramaphosa, speaking to the public broadcaster on Sunday, said it was time for a paradigm shift in the governing party, adding that he wanted to inculcate a culture of discipline within the organisation. 

The ANC President also wants that culture to filter through into government, where efficiency has been severely lacking under an ANC government.

"Starting on time, for us, is a big thing. One of the bad tendencies that had seeped in was for meetings to start at any time, much later than the time that had been determined. Now that is a bad practice and we have got to rid out movement of that," said Ramaphosa.

He said the matter extended far beyond efficiency though, adding that there was also the small matter of respect to consider.

Respect which goes a long way, when delivering on your mandate to govern. The ANC President was drawing on his business experience.

"When you arrive late for any function, you are demonstrating disrespect for the people you are going to meet. When I was in business, in boardrooms, meetings that I attended always started on time. 

"If the meeting was meant to start at nine 'o clock, people were already seated at quarter to nine. I have seen that in a number of other countries, China, Germany and many other places. Things start on time.

"I want us to inculcate this culture and this practice, not only in the African National Congress, but in our country. People always say in Africa, people start things with African time. There should never be any African time. Things should be done at the right time."

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