Ramaphosa backs NHI to succeed and economy to turn around

By Doug Mattushek - 14 August 2019Views : 504


President Cyril Ramaphosa is adamant the controversial National Health Bill will go ahead unhindered.

Last week, health minister Zweli Mkhize introduced the NHI to Parliament to a rapturous applause. The Bill proposes to cover all of Mzansi under a state-owned medical scheme.

However, it's detractors are concerned about the finer details of NHI, such as the source of the estimated R300 billion per annum required to run the scheme and keeping health professionals in the country.

Speaking to a boisterous crowd at an ANC Women's League event in Johannesburg on Tuesday night, Ramaphosa reiterated that the NHI will not fade into the ether.

"I would like to say that the NHI is here to stay," TimesLIVE quotes the president as saying.

"Whether people like it or not, it's going nowhere."

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Ramaphosa added that South Africa’s economy, which has been ravaged by power cuts, corruption and in-fighting within the leading party, will be fixed.

"We will turn our economy around, we are going to turn it around whether people like it or not," he continued.

"We are going to do it because we have it within us to be able to focus more closely to what needs to be done. And we are going to do, watch this space.

"Investors don't want to invest because they see the governing party and South Africa fighting amongst itself.

"They don't want to see us fighting among ourselves... they think that there is political instability and they walk away with their dollars and their euros and their pounds."