'Pull it!' - Ramaphosa tells Mthethwa to cancel R22m flag project

'Pull it!' - Ramaphosa tells Mthethwa to cancel R22m flag project

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he gave the Arts and Culture Minister advice over the phone, telling Nathi Mthethwa to cancel the controversial flag project. 

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Mthethwa said yesterday that the R22 million project would be reviewed after the proposal sparked public fury over costs. 

The department said the 100-metre tall flag would be erected in Pretoria as a heritage and nation building project. 

Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the annual Black Business Council Summit Dinner in Midrand on Thursday night.  

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He said their response shows that they're a listening government. 

"We listen to what our people say, we don't ride roughshod over our people. We listen, and Minister Mthethwa was able to say, 'Yes, president, we will pull this thing and besides that, the costs were just too high'"

"It's a wonderful project, I said "No, pull it, we shelve it. We will see it once our economy is flying’."


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