With the transition from Jacob Zuma’s disastrous presidency to the election of Cyril Ramaphosa a little more than three months ago, it is understandable that the focus has been very much on personalities. It would not be controversial to assert that Ramaphosa has emerged as a clear winner and seemingly can do no wrong, even if some have at times mistaken his attention to detail and obsession with procedure for weakness, most notably in dealing with the North West. It does not appear that the population at large has such reservations, with the Sunday Times reporting that he enjoys approval rates of nearly 80%. Ramaphosa has injected a new sense of hope and enthusiasm in SA and his regular walks among communities around the country have been a big hit. The performance of the rand, even in the wake of wobbles by emerging markets more generally, signals that the goodwill is not limited to the local population. The major global ratings companies may not be in a rush to restore the nation...

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