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October 25, 1992 | Scott Kraft, Scott Kraft is South Africa bureau chief for The Times. He interviewed Cyril Ramaphosa in his office at ANC headquarters in Johannesburg
Back when Cyril Ramaphosa was a powerful union boss, hammering out agreements for black mine workers, he was a favorite target of local editorial cartoons. One memorable drawing showed Ramaphosa trying to ride a horse, labeled "the economy," that he had just shot dead. "That'll teach you," the bearded union leader is saying. "Now, giddyap!"
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October 25, 1992 | Scott Kraft, Scott Kraft is South Africa bureau chief for The Times. He interviewed Cyril Ramaphosa in his office at ANC headquarters in Johannesburg
Back when Cyril Ramaphosa was a powerful union boss, hammering out agreements for black mine workers, he was a favorite target of local editorial cartoons. One memorable drawing showed Ramaphosa trying to ride a horse, labeled "the economy," that he had just shot dead. "That'll teach you," the bearded union leader is saying. "Now, giddyap!"
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NEWS
April 14, 1996 | Associated Press
An outside contender to succeed President Nelson Mandela announced Saturday that he plans to leave Parliament for a high-powered business post. Cyril Ramaphosa, a former union leader and brilliant tactician against the apartheid regime, will remain African National Congress secretary-general.
NEWS
August 4, 1987
About 200,000 black miners will go on strike at South Africa's gold and coal mines unless their demands for higher wages and better working conditions are met, union officials warned. Cyril Ramaphosa, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, said the strike called for Sunday could shut 28 of the nation's biggest gold mines and 18 coal mines.
NEWS
December 19, 1994 | From Associated Press
Growing debts and organizational disarray have damaged the African National Congress' ability to govern South Africa, its secretary general said Sunday. The ANC is too dependent on the personal power of President Nelson Mandela, who remains by far the country's most popular leader, Cyril Ramaphosa said in a report to the ANC's first national conference since taking power. Although speaking with surprising candor about organizational difficulties, Ramaphosa was far from pessimistic.
NEWS
August 26, 1987 | Associated Press
The National Union of Mineworkers voted today to continue a 17-day-old strike, rejecting an offer by the top mining companies that slightly improved benefits but not wages. A grim-faced union General-Secretary Cyril Ramaphosa read a statement prepared by union leaders at a two-hour meeting that followed daylong voting by thousands of black miners on the offer from the Chamber of Mines, which represents the top mining companies.
NEWS
October 22, 1989 | Associated Press
Leaders of the African National Congress plan to address a rally in South Africa for the first time since the organization was banned in 1960, activists said Saturday. The government has granted permission. "It's time for the ANC leaders to address the nation," said Cyril Ramaphosa, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers. Seven ANC leaders freed from prison last Sunday will speak at the rally Oct. 29 in the black township of Soweto outside Johannesburg, the activists said.
NEWS
July 6, 1991 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nelson Mandela, who became a world symbol of the black liberation struggle during his 27 years in prison, was elected unopposed Friday as the new president of the African National Congress. And, by a surprisingly wide margin, ANC members unseated their incumbent secretary general and elected Cyril Ramaphosa, 38, head of the country's largest and most powerful black union, the National Union of Mineworkers.
NEWS
August 21, 1987 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
With half of South Africa's black miners on strike, sharply cutting the economically vital production of gold and coal, Cyril Ramaphosa has emerged as the country's strongest labor leader and a political heavyweight as well.
NEWS
November 28, 1992 | Associated Press
The government and the ANC will meet next week to discuss a date for elections to end white-minority rule, a joint statement said Friday. The meeting is seen as a first step toward settling disagreements over when to hold the vote and resume talks on giving political power to the black majority. The African National Congress has rejected a government proposal to have elections in early 1994.
BUSINESS
August 29, 1996 | From Bloomberg Business News
Anglo American Corp. of South Africa said Wednesday that it is selling the bulk of its stake in Johnnies Industrial Corp. to black investors in a landmark deal for black economic empowerment. South Africa's National Empowerment Consortium, representing 50 black economic interest groups, is to take up 41% of the industrial holding group in a deal worth about $890 million.
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