About a day after the release of yet another dreadful set of employment data and a spate of headlines reflecting SA’s dire situation, a colleague and I were discussing President Cyril Ramaphosa and his style of governance.

It was the day before his get-together with journalists in Cape Town, something that actually resembled a “family meeting” in that there was at least some interaction instead of one person issuing diktats that others are meant to follow. Discussing the stop-start approach to policymaking, I said to my colleague that Ramaphosa is beginning to remind me of Arsene Wenger...

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