Mr Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa
Cyril is founder and Executive Chairman of Shanduka Group, a black owned and managed investment group with investments in resources, energy, financial services, property and beverages.
In 1981 after completion of his law degree Cyril joined the Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) as a legal advisor. A year later CUSA asked him to start a mineworkers union and he took up the position of first General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). In this role he was instrumental in building NUM into the most powerful union at the time, with membership rising from 6000 to 300000 during his tenure.
In 1991, he was elected Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC) and subsequently became head of the negotiation team of the ANC in negotiating the end of apartheid with the National Party government. 1994 saw him become Chairman of the Constitutional Assembly, which negotiated South Africa's first democratic constitution. He resigned from these positions in 1997 and moved into business.
Cyril is Joint Non-Executive Chairman of Mondi plc and Non-Executive Chairman of MTN Group Limited. He is a director on a number of boards of Shanduka’s partner companies including Standard Bank Group, Bidvest Group and Assore Limited. He is the former Chairman of the Black Economic Empowerment Commission (1998-2000) and is a National Executive Member of the ANC.
He is committed to South Africa’s development in the areas of education and enterprise development and the Shanduka Foundation channels its work in these areas through the initiatives of the Adopt a School Program and the Shanduka Black Umbrellas.
Cyril serves on The Coca Cola Company’s International Public Policy Advisory Board (IPPAB) and is a member of the United Nations Global Leadership Group which advises the Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights. He also serves on the board of the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC).
Cyril holds a law degree from the University of South Africa. He has received several honorary doctorates from universities both locally and internationally.
He received the Olof Palme prize in 1987 (Stockholm) and was included in the Time 100 annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007. In 2009 he was awarded the National Order of the Baobab in Silver (South Africa) for his contribution to the multiparty negotiations and for convening the Constitutional Assembly to draft the new Constitution.