PETER BRUCE: With Zuma on the run, will Ramaphosa finally open the economy?
The president is on top of politics and in his party. His address on Thursday will show if he is on top of policy as well
Does anyone have the slightest idea what is going on? On Thursday President Cyril Ramaphosa presents his economic recovery programme to parliament, a first — but never final — exposition of his plan to return SA to a path of economic growth, and also to present his credentials as a reformer.
Just a few days ago though there was the most awful kerfuffle. The presidential economic advisory council, appointed a year ago, produced a 122-page report urging Ramaphosa to freeze the public sector wage bill, but not necessarily cut back on pro-poor government programmes as was initially planned to meet finance minister Tito Mboweni’s tough 87% debt-to-GDP ceiling in two years’ time.