Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: Why Ramaphosa's best shot is NOW

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For Cyril Ramaphosa, and South Africa, the time is now

News that embattled airline SAA is going to be placed in voluntary business rescue is a leap forward in the process of recovery and repair after the Zuma years. SAA, along with almost all state-owned companies, have been at ground zero of state capture, mismanagement and wasteful expenditure for years and pose a serious threat to the country’s fiscal stability.

But President Cyril Ramaphosa has not, since becoming head of state in 2018, shown the brand of assertive leadership required to lead the country out of the dead-end the governing party has led us into. The absolute dire state of our national finances however does present the president with an opportunity to do so in a decisive and statesmanlike manner.

In this week’s edition of Friday Briefing I argue why Ramaphosa should move quickly and ruthlessly, Mpumelelo Mkhabela writes why Zim should be a top priority if he wants to improve economic activity and Daniel Silke analyses SA's closing window for reform.


Pieter du Toit

African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphos

Realpolitik: Why now is Ramaphosa's best shot at saving South Africa

Pieter du Toit

South Africa is in a precarious state. President Cyril Ramaphosa, constrained by internal ANC politics and dependent on a collapsing state, has been unable to enact the sweeping reforms he needs to. But the dire state of our national finances and the corruption of the ANC also present him with a real opportunity to force change.


PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 25: Zimbabwe Preside

Zimbabwe should be Ramaphosa's top foreign policy priority

Mpumelelo Mkhabela

South Africa has a vested interest in getting the economy of Zimbabwe going again. Ramaphosa has made statements about the need for the US to lift targeted sanctions. Beyond this call, he has not done anything tangible to show that Zimbabwe is his top foreign policy priority. Nor has he shown he has ideas about the Zimbabwean challenge. He must make it a top foreign policy priority. A lot can be done notwithstanding the sanctions that only are directed at a few high-ranking individuals. 


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Ramaphosa's window for reform is closing

Daniel Silke

Despite the broad-based recovery of institutional integrity, nothing from the past year seems to be having any direct impact on the performance of the domestic economy. While re-booting a state from an incapable status to one that is more capable can take many years thanks to the rot of malfeasance, time is of the essence for a country desperately in need of economic growth.

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