Cyril Ramaphosa has been dubbed Ramapunctual by Nando's

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‘Ramapunctual?’ Nando’s throw support behind Cyril in new campaign

Nando’s, in their last campaign, claim that President Cyril Ramaphosa is ‘Ramapunctual’ and making important decisions for South Africa.

Cyril Ramaphosa has been dubbed Ramapunctual by Nando's

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Nando’s has hit another home run with their latest ad campaign. This time, they poked fun at President Cyril Ramaphosa but at the same time, showed their support, saying he’s “Ramapunctual”.

The nation is patiently, or not so patiently, awaiting Ramaphosa’s decision on whether the nationwide lockdown will be extended or not. 

According to Nando’s, the president has a right to take his time. 

Nando’s pushes ‘Ramapunctual’ 

Nando’s, on Thursday 9 April, posted an image of the word “Ramapunctual,” explaining its definition too. 

By the way, this word does not feature in the English dictionary but Nando’s defined it as “When making important decisions takes time”. 

Indeed, the president has an important decision to make. Extending the lockdown or not comes with its own set of challenges — a decision none of us would want to make. It’s a “rather him than me” situation. 

Rumours swirled that the president would address the nation at 16:00 on Thursday. Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko later confirmed that it was fake news. 

Just over two hours later, at 18:00 the presidency announced that he would indeed address the nation, but at 20:00. 

Will Ramaphosa extend the lockdown period?

Well, at this point, we don’t know what Ramaphosa will do but we do know, he’s trying to live up to Nando’s image and be “Ramapunctual”. 

Here’s what he had to say about a possible lockdown extension: 

“If we had not locked down South Africa as we have, I can tell you without any shadow of a doubt that the infection rate… would have been a lot, lot higher than what we have. But I’ve not decided on extending the lockdown yet,” he said.

“We must continue to take it seriously and abide by the regulations. We will soon be able to make a proper scientific judgement to explain how well lockdown is serving the country. But it has saved lives, and stopped the spread of the disease”

Ramaphosa then also took the time to joke with the media saying that he said the lockdown would end on 16 April but that he didn’t specify which year. This was either a brilliant joke or a horrible one depending on the outcome of his speech later this evening.

“When will lockdown end? Some people are saying Thursday 16 April – but when we announced it, I didn’t say what year it would end! But no, I do not know when the lockdown will end.”