President Cyril Ramaphosa has used his weekly newsletter to take the nation into confidence regarding progress made towards developing a comprehensive plan to tackle social ills including poverty, unemployment and inequality.
This comes after former president Thabo Mbeki publicly made a scathing attack on the president, warning of uprisings as a result of brewing tensions amid the “absence of a plan” and unfulfilled promises made by Ramaphosa.
In his state of the nation address in February, Ramaphosa promised a social compact to deal with social ills would be developed within 100 days.
On Sunday the president said the notion that a social compact does not exist ought to be challenged.
On Monday he confirmed a “framework” for a social compact had been developed, without giving any time frames for implementation. He revealed a team led by several ministers had over the past few months been meeting with social partners to map out the priorities that must be reflected.
“A framework for a social compact has been developed. It identifies priority actions to achieve higher levels of investment and growth, increase employment, unleash the dynamism of the private sector, protect the rights of workers, expand support for the unemployed and tackle extreme poverty,” he said.