SA’s general elections have come and gone, and we now await results that continue to trickle in. From the tally at the time of writing, it appeared that the governing ANC would win a majority and its presidential candidate, Cyril Ramaphosa, will receive a mandate to establish the sixth administration since the advent of democracy in 1994. What is not yet known is the margin of the victory, which matters for the next contest — policy choices. There is a broad agreement among analysts that a majority win of close to 60% of the national vote will give Ramaphosa a strong mandate to implement pro-growth and employment reforms. Now that the intense period of contestation between political parties, and the love affair between political parties and the electorate is behind us, differences must be set aside and South Africans must rally behind a common SA-first attitude. For the majority, who remain on the margins of the economy, this must mean the creation of decent jobs that will enable th...

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