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One year later

Exactly one year ago South Africa was on tenterhooks. In an unprecedented move, Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete had postponed the State of the Nation Address (SONA) following numerous "threats" to the event.

The "threat" was an urgent motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma by the EFF but speculation was rife that the ANC was buying time to deal with increasing pressure to get rid of Zuma. 

The Presidency was mum. The ANC drew laager. Not an official word was spoken after Mbete's announcement that SONA would be postponed. Through well-placed sources and careful insinuations by those in the know, the picture slowly started to crystallise. The ANC was trying to convince Zuma to step down but he was digging in his heels.

Finally, in the late evening hours of 6 February, at the presidential residence Genadendal in Cape Town (it literally means Valley of Grace), Ramaphosa, finally managed to convince Number One that his time was up. Two weeks later Ramaphosa delivered his first SONA speech and sent out a call to all South Africans to join the "new dawn".

One year later, reality has set in and South Africans have realised that the new dawn will take more than a good speech to set into motion.

Did Cyril Ramaphosa deliver during his first year as president? And are his plans for the future enough to turn the South African ship?

This week's delivery of News24's Friday Briefing gives you all the details.

Let us know what you think by tweeting @News24, or commenting on our Facebook page.

Alet Janse van Rensburg

News24 Opinions Editor



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