Now that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed his cabinet, it’s time to focus on the appointments that will make or break the SA economy: the leadership of our state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Over the past year, while our president has done the important work of cleaning up the rot that set in during the years of state capture, our SOEs have stagnated.

This is evident not just in pitiful service delivery but also in the lowest public-sector spending in recent memory...

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