Cattle of the Ages
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Cattle of the Ages is a story by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and photographs was made by Daniel Naudé.

In this majestic book, Cyril Ramaphosa reveals his passion and love for cattle as he introduces us to the magnificent Ankole cattle, originating in Uganda, and now, through his intervention, flourishing in South Africa. He reflects on the legacy bequeathed him by his father, Samuel Mundzhedzi Ramaphosa, who had to leave behind his cattle herd in Venda to find work in Johannesburg. Life in the city was tough and demanding, weakening Samuel’s links with his ancestral origins and causing the loss of his herd. The love of cattle runs deep in South Africans and Cyril is fulfilling his father’s legacy, instilling a new pride for South Africans with these remarkable cattle.

The Ankole are now registered as a breed in South Africa and are becoming more and more sought after. Cattle of the Ages is The Abundant Herds of the Ankole.


Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was born in Johannesburg in 1952 and was elected deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2012. He was detained several times for his anti-apartheid activities in his youth but still obtained a law degree from the University of South Africa. He became a trade unionist and co-founded the National Union of Mineworkers in 1982. He was elected secretary-general of the ANC after its unbanning in 1991 at the same time as Nelson Mandela was elected its president. He was the chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly, which drafted South Africa’s world-renowned constitution.


Daniel Naudé was born in 1984 in Cape Town, South Africa, and currently lives in Stellenbosch. He has had solo exhibitions at Stevenson Cape Town and Johannesburg (2010, 2011 and 2014), and showed selected photographs from his book Animal Farm (Prestel, 2012) in the print room at The Photographers’ Gallery in London in 2013. He has taken part in a wide variety of group shows all over the world, the highlight being his exhibition, In Focus: Animalia at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2015). His second book, Sightings of the Sacred: Cattle in Uganda, Madagascar and India, was published by Prestel in 2016.