A great deal, perhaps everything, hinges on who Cyril Ramaphosa appoints to his next cabinet. While being wary of the SA tendency to predict Armageddon at every political set back, it does seem evident that unless the capability of government is improved dramatically the slide into economic and social dysfunction will be inexorable. This may be the last opportunity for a long time to turn things around. While all cabinet portfolios are important, the most difficult to fill are the economic portfolios. Tito Mboweni has made it pretty clear that he won’t be around for cabinet duty after May. In remarks he made at his economics colloquium he said as much and, in his brief tenure so far at the head of the treasury, his lack of interest in important things like the budget has been astounding. While Mboweni’s contrary tweets about Afrikaans universities and his candid opinions on SA Airways have been a gulp of fresh air, his tendency to arrive late or not at all to public events and his o...

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