If you had to sum up the most important delivery of what’s still a young presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa, it’s clawing back lost confidence in the SA public at large that institutions of state will work in the best interests of the country as a whole. Win that battle, then the economic recovery plans such as those drawn up by the Treasury in 2019 can find grounding.

To regain confidence that has been almost purposefully under assault over the past decade, the elephant in the room that has to be acknowledged and tackled head on is that we have a corruption problem. The process of resuscitating and at the same time redefining an economy that we can all agree is not as inclusive as it should be will be a fruitless enterprise if people don’t believe in the resolve of the state to tackle the cancer.

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