The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) would like to extend its congratulations to the newly elected President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.

“We welcome the former Deputy President’s election to the position of President in the National Assembly yesterday. President Ramaphosa brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and determination, which will hopefully be translated into effective and sustainable service delivery for the people of South Africa,” commented IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

IMATU is encouraged by the President’s commitment to put South Africa first and deal decisively with the serious challenges of corruption, state capture, failing state owned enterprises and youth unemployment.

IMATU is looking forward to hearing the President systematically outline the steps his cabinet will be taking to correct rampant corruption, fruitless and wasteful expenditure, sluggish economic growth, unemployment and resource shortages in his inaugural State of the Nation Address (SONA) tonight. “We are hopeful that the President will take the country into his confidence and deliver a roadmap that all social partners can buy into and support. Going forward, we need to ensure that South Africa is a place of equal access and opportunity for all who live in it,” he said.

“IMATU remains committed to working towards achieving an efficient and sustainable service delivery model at local government level however, the commitment of our members on the ground must be matched by decisive implementation and political will at the top. We look forward to working together with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his team to achieve the goals set out in the National Development Plan and more specifically assist in promoting service delivery across all municipalities and local government entities,” concluded Koen.