As Bradley van Sitters drew on the names of Khoi ancestors Autshumato and Krotoa there was a crucial request he made in his praise prayer at the state of the nation address last week: “Creator, bless,” he beseeched, “the words of this leader so it can strengthen us.” 

These words, from the Khoekhoegowab language, wittingly or unwittingly captured the weight of expectation on the president’s first address to the joint houses of parliament.

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