President Cyril Ramaphosa made his first public appearance in almost a week when he addressed the opening session of the first World Science Forum on African soil at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Tuesday night.

Ramaphosa got a standing ovation from the full house of scientists in the ballroom after his speech stuck to the science, touching on his advocacy for the manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines on African soil and for the development of a hydrogen economy in SA. He made no mention of the Phala Phala scandal, which reportedly drove him to the edge of resignation last Thursday and which may still lead to impeachment proceedings against him when parliament meets next week...

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