CAPE TOWN– President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa’s Jewish community is ideally placed to contribute to the creation of a new generation of entrepreneurs who can create jobs.
The President said this when he delivered the Rosh Hashanah address to mark the Jewish new year in Cape Town, on Wednesday evening. As the country’s growth took a knock recently, with the economy slipping into a technical recession, the President said the government’s main priority is creating jobs.
He said Government was hard at work to create an environment in which enterprise could thrive and provide opportunities to the millions of South Africans confronted daily by the indignity and hardship of unemployment and poverty.
“Part of this journey is the cultivation of a new generation of entrepreneurial South Africans, who are able to establish businesses for themselves and employment for others,” he said.
“The Jewish community is ideally placed to contribute to this effort because many high standing entrepreneurs in our country who are Jewish have contributed immensely to the creation of great companies in our country.
“Our government is prepared to continue working with the business sector and also with Jewish business leaders in all ways.”
The President’s Rosh Hashanah address took place at the the invitation of Chief Rabbi, Dr Warren Goldstein.
Rosh Hashanah, the festival commemorating the Jewish New Year, symbolises renewal, new beginnings, examining one’s life, mapping out plans for a better future, re-orienting oneself for personal growth and development. It’s an opportunity to start afresh. For Jews, the New Year is a time to pause and reflect and take stock.
President Ramaphosa’s address took place on the fourth day of the Jewish New Year 5779.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK