After basking in the weekend glory of positive reviews of his inaugural speech, President Cyril Ramaphosa will reply on Tuesday to inputs from opposition parties, which have, broadly, given him the benefit of the doubt to make good on his promises. By all accounts the speech managed to achieve at least one goal: to mobilise South Africans around the process of rebuilding confidence in their public institutions and economy following the ousting of his predecessor and former boss, Jacob Zuma. The speech’s key focus was on the domestic policy agenda. Its weakness in prose, which could have kept South Africans longer in the 1990s spirit, was made up for by the business-like clarity of the medium-term action plans to pull the economy from the brink. The president now has the opportunity of also addressing the nation on the foreign policy aspirations of his administration. He needs to paint a clear picture of SA’s place in the world of nations and what its national interest is in this, an...

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