THICK END OF THE WEDGE
PETER BRUCE: Be dull, Mr President, avoid new ideas — and empathise
The state of the nation address is not the place to say how Eskom will be fixed, and whatever you say will be criticised
As the man most obviously responsible for the fact that Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of the republic, is due to deliver his first (his first real) state of the nation address in parliament tonight, I thought for a while about picking up the heavy burden of writing it for him.
But no. This is going to be more about what he shouldn’t do, and I wouldn’t make a good speech-writer anyway. My job, my duty, is to readers of this column only. I write for you alone and on occasions, like this one, I take it upon myself to speak on your behalf even when it’s not comfortable.