Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa born 17 November 1952 is a South African politician, businessman, activist, and trade union leader who has serves as the Deputy President under President Jacob Zuma since 2014.
He is married and has four children with Dr. Tshepo Motsepe, who is the sister of South African mining billionaire and Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe. He was elected as Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the ANC National Conference in Mangaungin December 2012.
He is also the Chairman of the National Planning Commission, which is responsible for strategic planning for the future of South Africa, with the goal of rallying the nation “around a common set of objectives and priorities to drive development over the longer term”.
He is South Africa’s second richest black man, with a networth of R7.4 Billion Ramaphosa owns 31 properties and previously held notable ownership in companies such as McDonald’s South Africa, chairperson of board for MTN and member of the board for Lonmin, non-executive director in Macsteel Holdings, Alexander Forbes and Standard Bank.
There is a strong rumour making waves on Social media and the entire world of football that Ramaphosa is about to buy a reasonable amount of shares in Orlando Pirates.
His money, influence and authority will of course take Pirates to the next level if not the top.
With all due respect, Orlando Pirates is having tough time winning trophies in recent time. Finishing in PSL top ten seems to be a big challenge for the Soweto club.
Pirates poor activity in the recent concluded transfer market suggest that the club could be having financial challenges.
Orlando Pirates transfer 2017/2018
Musa Nyatama (Bloemfontein Celtic)‚ Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Thamsanqa Sangweni (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Innocent Maela (Richards Bay FC)‚ Dumisani Ngwenya (Witbank Spurs‚ end of loan)‚ Justice Chabalala (Chippa United‚ end of loan)‚ Siphamandla Sangweni (Baroka‚ end of loan)‚ Mthokozisi Dube (Bloemfontein Celtic‚ end of loan)‚ Siphelele Zikalala (Baroka‚ end of loan)‚ Nkosinathi Mthiyane (Lamontville Golden Arrows‚ end of loan)
Tendai Ndoro (Al-Faisaly Harmah‚ Saudi Arabia)‚ Siyanda Ngubo (Royal Eagles)‚ Sello Japhta (Free State Stars)‚ Sandile Mthethwa (Richards Bay FC‚ loan)‚ Thembela Sikhakhane (AmaZulu‚ loan)‚ Oupa Manyisa (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Marshall Munetsi (Baroka‚ loan)‚ Jacky Motshegwa (Bloemfontein Celtic)‚ James Okwuosa (Chippa United‚ loan)‚ Gift Motupa (Baroka‚ loan)‚ Brighton Mhlongo (Chippa United)‚ Brian Hlongwa (Kings United‚ loan)‚ Mahlatsi Makudubela (Chippa United‚ loan)‚ Donald Mokondelela (Polokwane City)‚ Itumeleng Tlali (free agent)‚ Maselealo Seanego (free agent)‚ Emmanuel Daniel (free agent)‚ Roger Majafa (free agent)‚ Lindokuhle Mtshali (free agent)‚ Patrick Phungwayo (free agent)‚ Dove Wome (SuperSport United‚ end of loan)‚ Maselealo Seanego (free agent)‚ Siyanda Ngubo (Royal Eagles‚ free agent)
There is a strong report that Ramaphosa and Irvin Khoza are about to go into a deal that will see the ANC Presidential hopeful buy 80% of shares in the club.
Ramaphos’s camp claims that the ANC Deputy President wants to gather all the votes he can as electioneering year nears by and the best place to get massive vote is in the soccer World.
Opposition parties are leaving no stones unturned and Julius Malema is a die hard Pirates fan. It seems Ramaphosa wants to secure votes in the football sector.
Secondly, His camp also claims that his wife Dr. Tshepo Motsepe wants him to be more successful and reach more lives by owning a football club like his brother who owns Mamelodi Sundowns.
Fans are already celebrating the rumour because they believe this will elevate Pirates challenges and problems.
In a statement, Irvin Khoza, Chairman of Orlando Pirates Football Club and also the Chairman of the South African Premier Soccer League confirmed this by saying;
”In football, anything can happen. We are all business men and we all want to get richer and better,” he stated.
If Khoza can say that anything is possible, that means a deal is on its way that will surely bring Pirates back to its glory days.