ANALYSIS | Ramaphosa looks to crack Gordian knot of parastatals in recovery plan

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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The adage "Gordian knot" has its origins in the ancient legend of an impenetrable knot which tied down an oxcart in Phrygian Gordion. The one who undoes the knot, legend has it, will become the ruler of Asia.

The knot was so impenetrable and tight, according to legend, that even Alexander The Great opted to cut right through it with his sword, rather than try to untie it with his bare hands.

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