The recently released Indlulamithi 2030 SA Scenarios identified leadership and institutional capacity as one of the key drivers that will shape the next few decades in SA. While listening to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s stimulus and recovery package and reading the response thereafter I wondered whether the kind of leadership most South Africans have been clamouring for is finally being seen. Or will this be another case of kicking the can down the proverbial road? With desperation to the left, despair to the right, we can lose perspective and talk of the future in extremely depressing terms. Or we place all our hopes in one person and expect him to deliver miracles. Our belief in miracles has been a part of the SA psyche even before Madiba’s presidency. Found in one of the Griqua generals’ diary was a prayer to God in which he explained that the battle to be waged the next day was really important, and so God was asked not to send his son, but to come personally.

Until 1994 th...

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