Power will change hands in South Africa in a matter of hours following the resignation of President Jacob Zuma.

The man taking the reins had started the journey since December last year when he got elected as governing ANC party President.

The man is Cyril Ramaophosa, South Africa’s hitherto deputy-president.

So, who is Cyril Ramaphosa?

Mr Ramaphosa is a politician, businessman, activist, and trade union leader who has served as the Deputy President of South Africa under President Jacob Zuma since 2014.

He is respected as a skillful negotiator and strategist who acted as the ANC's Chief Negotiator during South Africa's transition to democracy.

Ramaphosa built up the biggest and most powerful trade union in South Africa—the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

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He played a crucial role, with Roelf Meyer of the National Party, during the negotiations to bring about a peaceful end to apartheid and steer the country towards its first fully democratic elections in April 1994.

Ramaphosa was Nelson Mandela’s choice for future president.

Today, Cyril Ramaphosa is well known as a prominent businessman and has an estimated net worth of over $450 million with 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.

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