Saturday 21st Apr 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, 16 April 2018, on behalf of all South Africans, congratulated Team South Africa on bringing home 37 medals from the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia. Team South Africa won 13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals across a broad range of disciplines. Team South Africa ended in sixth position on the medals table in a competition that featured some of the world’s strongest sporting nations as well as emerging states.

Among South Africa’s top achievers were swimmers Tatjana Schoenmaker, Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, who achieved six medals combined, while sprinter Akani Simbine won the country’s first gold medal in the 100 metres sprint. Runner Caster Semenya won gold for the 800 and 1 500 metres, while Martin Erasmus won South Africa’s first Commonwealth wrestling gold medal in 60 years.

“We are  immensely proud of our team for this outstanding performance that has placed the spotlight not just on our sporting prowess but also on how our society is creating opportunities for all South Africans to realise their human potential,” said President Ramaphosa. “I wish encourage all South Africans to support our athletes and the governing structures to ensure even greater performance moving forward.”

President Ramaphosa further reiterates the importance of sports in building a healthy and cohesive society.

President Ramaphosa will personally congratulate the athletes when he meets the members of Team South Africa following his return from the Common Wealth Heads of Government meeting in London this week. President Ramaphosa and his delegation departed for the United Kingdom on Monday, 16 April 2018.
 
Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

President Ramaphosa declares a Special Official Funeral for the late Dr Skweyiya

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral, Category 1 for the late former Minister of Social Development and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, Dr Zola Themba Skweyiya, who passed away on Wednesday, 11 April 2018.
 
Dr Skweyiya served as Minister of the Public Service and Administration from 1994 to 1999 and later served as Minister of Social Development before retiring as a Member of Parliament in 2009.
 
Within the same year, 2009, he was appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, a position that acknowledged the long period Dr Skweyiya had spent in exile during the apartheid era.
 
The Special Official Funeral Category 1 entails elements of military ceremonial honours and is declared in line with The Presidency's State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy, for person of extra-ordinary credentials specifically designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa.
 
President Ramaphosa has ordered that the National Flag is flown at half-mast at flag stations countrywide and at South African Diplomatic Missions abroad with immediate effect until the evening of 21 April 2018, the day of the funeral.
 
The details of the official memorial and funeral services will be announced by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)
  
Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria
 

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