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Government cannot give an exact date on when the rolling power outages will stop |Ramaphosa.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

In a bid to raise funds for the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, President Cyril Ramaphosa this morning teed off at the annual Presidential Golf Challenge (PGC).

The Presidential Golf Challenge (PGC) was inaugurated in 1999 to give an opportunity for the sitting President of the Republic to raise funds for the charity of his/her own choice.  

The initiative, coordinated by the Minister for the Public Service and Administration, is a joint effort with the private sector to partake in developmental initiatives to empower society.  

The Challenge raises funds for developmental charities and creates an opportunity for networking among decision-makers within the private sector and entities from the three spheres of government on the day following the President's State of the Nation Address.

This year the Challenge again raises funds for the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.

The Foundation's partner entity, the Adopt-A-School Foundation, will use the funds to construct ablution facilities at schools in support of the Department of Basic Education’s SAFE Initiative, which stands for Sanitation Appropriate for Education.

This is an important investment in the dignity of learners and staff at schools and a contribution to social infrastructure in the country.

The President is honoured that his playing partner this year is 14-year-old Botshepehi Phakoe of Mangaung in the Free State. Botshepehi is one of the best young players in the Free State Junior Union.

On the sidelined of the golf challenge, Ramaphosa said government cannot give an exact date on when the rolling power outages will stop.

"It is a constant problem for South Africans. We know that and everybody feels it. And it's not comfortable at all. In fact, it does sometimes evoke a lot of anger. But as I've said, we do have the resilience as South Africans to keep on ensuring that we do hope for a better time. And a better time is coming.

"The issue of the ending of load shedding is a moot one. Everybody wants to know…when is it ending. When you give them a date and there's load shedding thereafter, they say you were lying and you make empty, false promises. So we are not going to do that because this is a process.

Responding to questions on the extension of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) boss, Commissioner Edward Kieswetter's tenure, Ramaphosa batted away any suggestions of a crisis at the revenue collector’s office.

He explained that with Kieswetter's term coming to an end, measures need to be put in place to facilitate a "proper transition".

"So there's no crisis. Nobody should be in any form of angst because the process is being handled very, very properly. And I'm happy to have a Commissioner of Revenue like him who is very cooperative; who is committed to his work; who is diligent and who has revived SARS from the grips of state capture.

"So when I was talking about revamping our institutions last night [at the State of the Nation Address], I highlighted that SARS is one of those. It is back to its old, efficient self having been taken into the depths of state capture for a while.

"We have reclaimed it and I'm rather glad that it is one of those institutions that is serving the people of South Africa well, "Ramaphosa said.

Earlier this week, the President agreed to extend the Commissioner’s tenure beyond the end of his term at the revenue collector. 

Following the day's exhilarating competition, a prize-giving dinner was held to recognize the participants and thank the sponsors who have made the event possible. This celebratory gathering serves as a fitting conclusion to a day dedicated to making a difference in the lives of South African students.

Watch Live in the video below:

Video Courtesy of Presidency.