Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: 3 scenarios for the Ramaphosa era

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Dawn is breaking

When Cyril Ramaphosa took over the reins from Jacob Zuma in February last year, the country heaved a collective sigh of relief. It was like coming up for air after years of holding our breath. We rejoiced in his "thuma mina" call (even some cynics, albeit privately so) and praised him when he fired Tom Moyane, appointed a new board for Eskom and reshuffled Cabinet. But Ramaphosa's quick victories were soon befuddled by the ongoing factional battles in the ANC and the realities of the economic mess left by the Zuma era. 

Now, as he stands on the precipice of his first full term as president of South Africa with a mandate from the people, will we finally see the new dawn break? His task is immense and he will be tackling it with resistance around every corner. This week, assistant editor for in-depth news Pieter du Toit looks at three scenarios for how the Ramaphosa era could shape up, editor Adriaan Basson writes that the president will be presented with a golden opportunity in two weeks' time and parliamentary reporter Jan Gerber looks at how changes to Parliament will change the political dynamics in the legislature.

It's interesting times. Make sure you are informed. 


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Alet Janse van Rensburg

May 13, 2019. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa during



Pieter du Toit

What exactly happened on Wednesday? It seems South Africa chose to give the ANC a light tongue-lashing, while DA support declined for the first time ever. The EFF keeps chugging along while the Freedom Front Plus is making a comeback. The national results centre in Pretoria was an interesting place to be on Thursday night.

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May 13, 2019. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa during

Adriaan Basson

President Cyril Ramaphosa has a golden opportunity to inspire the nation with his appointment of a Cabinet in two weeks' time. He has to clean house and replace the same old boring names with new brooms. The country is ready to be surprised.

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May 13, 2019. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa during

The Sixth Parliament is about to commence. Buckle up

Jan Gerber

With the ballots cast, the votes counted, and the seats calculated, everything is set for the Sixth Parliament to start its term. While the Fifth Parliament for the most part was little more than an extension for Luthuli House, the question arises whether the ANC's drop in support would mean that it would be forced to change tack. 

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