President Cyril Ramaphosa may have the right to apply his mind to issues, but he does not have the luxury of being caught napping — or shocked, as he used to say — when that issue spills over into the public domain. Or not to communicate clearly, especially on economic matters.

Unfortunately, the presidency’s handling of Reserve Bank deputy governor Kuben Naidoo’s resignation is not an outlier. The institution has a reputation for dragging things out unnecessarily. Clear and prompt communication by economic policymakers is key for a country that faces as many challenges as SA. But that hasn’t been a hallmark of Ramaphosa’s administration...

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