Mmusi Maimane has resigned as the leader of South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA). The news was announced at a press…
President Cyril Ramaphosa wants you to smash that subscribe button to his new weekly newsletter titled “From the Desk of the President”.
The newsletter, which premiered on Monday, will discuss “some of the issues that interest and concern South Africans, and talk about the work we are doing in government to tackle these issues.”
Welcome to my first weekly newsletter. Each week, I will discuss some of the issues that interest and concern South Africans, and talk about the work we are doing in government to tackle these issues. I hope you will find it useful. https://t.co/nAz3bXmNEK pic.twitter.com/m2WHIeSzuR
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@CyrilRamaphosa) September 30, 2019
Following the link posted on Twitter opens a simple single-column page, where President Ramaphosa — much like the transcript of a SONA — talks about government’s actions.
However, unlike SONA, he’s more aware and accepting of the problems in the country 20 months into his reign addressing the economy and unemployment in the first issue.
Users visiting the newsletter can also subscribe, or read past issues.
It’s a valiant attempt by the President to improve the transparency of government, but some feel that it’s a little too late for letters.
Action Baba, time for letters has long past!
— RIP President Mugabe (@rapuleng_t) 30 September 2019
With all due respect, news letters takes time to write. That time could be used more pro-actively…and enough with the commissions already, give the NPA a clear mandate and prosecute!
— C.L (@carlolinks) 30 September 2019
While others love the idea.
I really like this idea. Communication with the population is very important and will put some confidence back where it is badly needed. If actions follow, the better.
— Horst Holzträger (@holztrho) 30 September 2019
Thanks Mr president.
— Humani Duncan (@Makovnikovs) 30 September 2019
Whatever your feelings are, spend 15 minutes of your lunch break glossing through the newsletter here.
Feature image: screenshot, From the Desk of the President