This week, President Cyril Ramaphosa found himself captured in a case study about the benefits of proximity. As he found himself stuck for hours on a train journey that should have taken minutes, the president had sufficient time to understand the daily hardships encountered by millions of commuters across our fragile rail system. To his great discredit, however, the president expressed “shock” at the state of the rail system. The problem with such utterings from the president is that it makes us all wonder about the nature of interactions that take place within the cabinet circles. If the various transport ministers have not been able to inform their cabinet colleagues about the dire state of public transport, then we have a problem. If we have a president who sat through all the cabinet meetings of the past five years, had access to all the financial reports and media information relating to our collapsing public infrastructure, and has championed a new dawn, without understanding...

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