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There’s a lot riding on this year’s state of the nation address, something I am sure you’ve heard one time too many over the past few years in a country with an economy struggling to grow. But with confidence waning after his emergence as both party and country president, Cyril Ramaphosa’s centrepiece speech for the year carries as much weight as Nelson Mandela’s first in 1994.

As a man who has publicly hailed the country’s founding president as his leadership role model, it is up to our current president to reinvigorate and inspire confidence in South Africans from all walks of life. Last June, in his first address after elections a month earlier, he reminded us of the fact that we are getting close to the final 10 years to meet the National Development Plan (NDP) targets we set as far back as 2012...

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