President of South Africa playing golf in Bfn

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PHOTO: Morgan Piek

The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, played golf at the Bloemfontein Golf Club for the first time during a golf day that formed part of the ANC’s 111th Anniversary celebrations. Ramaphosa played in the same four-ball as the 22-year-old Wilco Nienaber, who is a professional player from Bloemfontein on the DP World Tour.

The former Dimension Data Pro-Am champion is also the leading golfer from the Bloemfontein Golf Club and the Free State. It is believed that the ANC raised millions with the golf day and other festivities that took place in the City of Roses on the weekend.

The ANC was founded in Bloemfontein on 8 January 1912 as the South African Native National Congress (SANNC).

The writer and historian, Walter Rubusana, co-founded the organisation along with Sol Plaatje, John Dube, and Pixley ka Isaka Seme, who, like much of the ANC’s early membership, came from the conservative, educated, and religious professional classes of black South African society.

In 1923 the SAANC changed its name to the African National Congress (ANC) which is still in use today.

Morgan Piek