South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa speaking in parliament announced that he was donating 1.8m rand ($130,000; £100,000) which is half of his salary to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a charity group that was founded to carry on President Nelson Mandela’s legacy of democracy and freedom. The fund will be launched on 18 2018 July to honor the 100th anniversary of the iconic democratic late President Nelson Mandela’s birth.
“This is a private, citizen-driven initiative that will ask all those with the means to contribute a portion of their salaries to supporting the many small projects that build the nation,” Mr. Ramaphosa said.
Ramaphosa, 65, took office last February after Jacob Zuma resigned due to corruption allegations. He is one of South Africa’s richest businessmen with a net worth of $450m before he became deputy president in 2012. He is a stakeholder in several sectors like telecoms, media, and owns the South African franchise of the US chain, McDonalds.
His party members feel that this selfless action is aimed at reintroducing a culture of public service in the governing African National Congress (ANC) party. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said in January that Ramaphosa would not be corrupt because he did not need the money.
President Ramaphosa is one of the few political leaders making such selfless sacrifices for the good of the citizens. He joins leaders like; Liberia’s George Weah who allocates 25% of his annual salary of about $100,000 to a development fund. US’s Donald Trump who donates his annual salary of $400,000 to different programs. Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari who took a 50% pay cut when he assumed office in 2015.
It’s heart-warming to see our leaders set the pace and dedicate financial resources to noble causes for the welfare of the nation. Note: It’s more of a blessing to give than it is to receive. #Rewordit.