Jobs summit announced as Ramaphosa outlines vision for ‘hope and renewal’

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who sought to align his nascent presidency as closely as possible with the legacy of Nelson Mandela in his inaugural State of the Nation (SoNa) address on Friday night, announced that a jobs summit would be convened in the coming months to allow the social partners to come up with "practical solutions" to the country’s high unemployment rate. Framed under the theme of "hope and renewal", the address came only a day after Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa’s fifth democratically elected president. He replaced President Jacob Zuma, whose presidency became strongly associated with corruption, poor governance and economic decline.