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Young Daisy Ngedle meets President Cyril Ramaphosa

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Eight-year-old Daisy Ngedle wrote a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018. Two days ago, the President responded and arranged a visit to Ngedle’s primary school.

In 2018, eight-year-old Daisy Ngedle from East London wrote a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa. In it, Daisy praised the president on doing a good job in his presidency. She told the president that she aspired to be a president as well. The youngster had several questions for the president. “Are you kind to children? Can girls be presidents? How hard is it to rule the world?” she wrote.

This letter was part of a school project, where Ngedle and her classmates were mandated to each write a letter to President Ramaphosa. In an unexpected turn of events, Ngedle’s letter landed on the president’s desk, to which the president responded.

“It means a lot to me that you like my work as President, because as I am sure you can imagine, it is not an easy job,” said Ramaphosa.

He then went on to answer Ngedle’s questions. “You asked me if I knew Nelson Mandela. Yes, he was my friend, a father and a teacher…He would have told you that girls can be anything they want in the world today…and to answer your question, yes, they can be Presidents too,” he said.

President Ramaphosa is currently in East London to launch Operation Phakisa, a government programme aimed at bettering the lives of South Africans by unlocking the economic potential of the country’s oceans.

In his response letter to Ngedle, President Ramaphosa had requested to pay her a visit when he was in her home town of East London. Keeping true to his word, President Ramaphosa visited Ngedle’s class at Clarendon Primary School on Friday, 8 March 2019.

Abenathi Gqomo
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