South Africa

The president of South Africa took to Twitter shortly after assuming office in May 2009. The president has a personal and an institutional account. The government also maintains two Twitter news feeds @SAgovnews and @GovernmentZA.

President of South Africa Jacob G. Zuma

South African president Jacob Zuma is not the most active tweep. So far he has tweeted less than 100 times mainly from an iPhone on the go. However his account was largely silent between May 2012 and April 2013 and he has not tweeted since the beginning of October 2013. His most popular tweet was posted on 9 April 2013: “Congrats to Africa’s newest Head of State, HE Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, looking forward to growing further ties between our two nations!” Although it is his personal account, President Zuma’s Twitter stream doesn’t show much interaction with his followers, and he has so far only made two @mentions. The honor went to the Springboks, the South African rugby team @bokrugby, and the official Twitter page of the Presidency of South Africa, @PresidencyZA. @PresidencyZA is also the user most retweeted, with five retweets. Jacob Zuma is followed by 38 other world leaders but he has not yet reciprocated.

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Jacob G. Zuma


President of the Republic of South Africa.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 05/09/2011
Language: English
Status: Dormant since 06.10.2013
Tweets/day: 0.08
Retweets: 5%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 95%
Most mentioned @PresidencyZA (1), @bokrugby (1)

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Presidency of South Africa PresidencyZA

The account set up on 18 May 2009 shortly after the election of Jacob Zuma chronicles his activities and those of new Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, live tweeting their speeches at the World Economic Forum and other events. The account rarely retweets, @replies or @mentions other Twitter users but the personal account of Jacob Zuma @SAPresident is still the user most mentioned. The South African presidency tweets on average twice a day and it is worth mentioning their great collection of photos, which give a candid behind the scenes look into Zuma’s presidency. The South African presidency is followed by 34 other world leaders but the presidency has not yet reciprocated.

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This is the official Twitter page of The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 05/18/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.08
Retweets: 3%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.02
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 90%
Most mentioned @bokrugby (16), @SAPresident (12), @BryanHabana (5), @JohnSmit123 (4), @PresidencyZA (3), @YouTube (2), @npcSA (2), @gwalax (1), @AUG_Masters (1), @GraemeSmith49 (1)

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