Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

The task ahead is formidable, was the sombre note with which President Cyril Ramaphosa rounded up his second state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday night. Turning around the current economic situation was the most immediate task, which he urged all South Africans to help with Quoting late US president Theodore Roosevelt, Ramaphosa said the task of building a better SA was a “collective” one. “We should heed the words of Theodore Roosevelt, who said: 'It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again...’,” he said. He described how divisions in society had grown, despite SA's smooth transition to democracy. "Between black and white, rich and the poor, between rural and urban, between the sexes, and between lang...

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