(Xinhua) -- South Africa will make
difficult decisions in 2019 to confront challenges bedeviling
the country, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.
The country will have to double its efforts in 2019 to realize
its dreams and aspirations, Ramaphosa said In his New Year
"In 2019 we will be called upon to work with greater focus
and determination to confront our problems and create new
opportunities for all South Africans.
"We will need to take some extraordinary measures and work
together to take some difficult decisions given the challenges
that lie ahead," he said.
Ramaphosa cited sluggish economic growth and gender-based
violence as some of the challenges bedeviling the country.
"We will need a huge national effort to build on the progress
made this year in restoring our country to a path of growth and
progress," he said.
"Having welcomed the new dawn at the beginning of this year
we can be certain that the sun is indeed rising even higher in
the South African sky," Ramaphosa said.
"It is our shared responsibility to ensure that all our
people bask in its warmth."
South Africa will hold presidential elections in 2019.
Ramaphosa encouraged his countrymen to register to vote.
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