People who’ve spent time with President Cyril Ramaphosa in recent days report that he is relaxed and cheerful, energetic and animated. In the face of our dire economic problems and incessant warnings about a brewing intra-ANC revolt against him after this May’s generall elections, that is interesting news. I guess we worry about the future because if Jacob Zuma or his faction are planning a comeback of sorts, we still assume they can do whatever they want. We forget that Ramaphosa has been around the block a few times too. If Zuma has his spies and troops on the ground, so, probably, will Ramaphosa. The thing to ensure though, is that they do their jobs properly, and I’m increasingly hearing worrying news about finance minister Tito Mboweni. At Davos recently the SA delegation, led by Ramaphosa, was typically active. We do well at Davos. There are formal presentations and then more relaxed dinners. Ramaphosa speaks constantly. Mboweni went to Davos with the delegation but reporters ...

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