Friday 20th Sep 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday, 22 January 2019, attend the launch in Geneva, Switzerland, of the Report on the Future of Work produced by the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work.
President Ramaphosa and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven are co-chairs of the 27-member Global Commission that has been tasked to identify challenges and make recommendations that will sustain and protect the livelihood of workers around the world amid the proliferation of the fourth industrial revolution, climate change and the changing world economic cycle.
The Global Commission’s report will be launched at the ILO headquarters and will form part of this United Nations agency’s centenary year. The ILO has since its founding in 1919 advocated for social justice and promoted decent work in all of its 187 member states.
The President, has since his appointment in May 2018, as co-chair  of the ILO Global Commission hosted the Presidential Jobs Summit and the South Africa International Investment Conference in October 2018. These forums sought, among other objectives, to strengthen inclusive planning in protecting and creating sustainable livelihoods in an era of rapid technological change and climate impact, and attract investment that will yield returns in a fast-evolving digital economy.
More recently, government and social partners embarked on implementation of the National Minimum Wage Act which sets an historic precedent in the protection of low-earning workers and provides a platform for reducing inequality in society and decreasing huge disparities in income in the national labour market.
President Ramaphosa will engage with the ILO ahead of leading Team South Africa to Annual Meetings of the World Economic Forum - a gathering of world leaders in government, business and civil society - in Davos, Switzerland, from 22 to 25 January 2019.
For the ILO engagement President Cyril Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the Minister of Labour, Ms Mildred Oliphant.
President Ramaphosa mourns passing of author-journalist Hugh Lewin
President Cyril Ramaphosa sends heartfelt condolences on the passing of acclaimed author, journalist and anti-apartheid activist who passed away at his home at the age of 79 on Wednesday 16 January 2019.

Mr Lewin worked as a journalist at the Natal Witness, Drum Magazine and the Golden City Post.

He later became Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg and served as a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission committee on human rights violations in Gauteng.

As an author, he won the 2003 Olive Schreiner Prize for his prison memoir, “Bandiet Out of Jail”, and in 2012 won the Alan Paton Award for another personal memoir, “Stones Against the Mirror”.

Under apartheid, Mr Lewin served a full prison sentence for sabotage and left South Africa on a “permanent exit permit” in 1971 to live in exile in the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

President Ramaphosa has noted: “We have lost an incredible writer and a valiant soldier who fought fearlessly for human rights and the justice and freedom that are the hallmarks of our democracy.

“His fighting spirit and humanity will forever be remembered by those he touched through his life, actions and also his written words. We send our sincere condolences to his family, friends and relatives. May his soul rest in peace.”
Issued by: The Presidency

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