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November07

But can you be ruthless, Mr President?

There has been an avalanche of positive hype emanating from several gatherings addressed by President Ramaphosa in recent weeks: the investment summit, the jobs summit, the Discovery Leadership Summit, several walks in communities across the country to address issues of crime, women and children’s rights, as well as the influential company he keeps in the
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November06

When the general elections need some general corrections

As 2018 draws to an end and 2019 begins to appear in the no-longer-so-far horizon, many South Africans are wondering what will happen when President Cyril Ramaphosa finally announces the date for the next general elections. Indications are that they will happen within the next eight months. The clock is ticking louder by the day,
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October03

Secret party funding breeds corruption

Senzile (not her real name) was recently fired from a government department after spending several months on paid suspension.  As a key official in the finance department, she had refused to be party to the approval of a tender that, in her view, flouted the principles of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). Had she
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September26

Investor confidence begins at home

President Cyril Ramaphosa is like a moving target for many South Africans. Those who remain wary of the ANC – with reason, of course – but who would like to reach out and hold his hand, hug him, take a morning jog with him, and assure him that they appreciate the good actions he’s taken
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September11

Will Cyril Ramaphosa hand South Africa back to us?

Niël Barnard, apartheid’s last spy boss, wrote in his interesting book Secret Revolution – Memoirs of a Spy Boss that seismic political change was coming.  He describes the above words as more or less what he said to the then State President PW Botha in May 1998 after the latter asked him to head-up a small government team
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