Ramaphosa made the appointments in his capacity as chairperson of the Committee of Principals of the National Economic Development Council (Nedlac), comprising representatives from government, labour and business.
In his state of the nation address of 2014, President Jacob Zuma called on Nedlac social partners, under Ramaphosa’s leadership, to address “low wages, wage inequalities and the national minimum wage”, along with violent and protracted strikes.
Imraan Valodia, appointed chairperson of the panel, is also a part-time member of the Competition Tribunal and a commissioner on the Employment Conditions Commission.
Mamokete Lijane is an economic strategist at Aluwani Capital. Debbie Collier is an associate professor in the department of commercial law at the University of Cape Town and Murray Leibbrandt is the vice-chancellor at the institution. Ayabonga Cawe is an economic justice manager at Oxfam, Siphokazi Koyana is a skills development and training expert and Patrick Belser is a senior economist at the International Labour Organisation.
Ramaphosa had extended his gratitude to the panel members for availing themselves.