In fairness to President Cyril Ramaphosa, any assessment of progress made, or not, since the last time he delivered a state of the nation address has to acknowledge that there will not have been much time between the 25th and the 26th addresses.

The last one, delivered in February, came three months, almost to the day, before the country was due to hold national elections on May 8. With that out of the way, the president will be back in parliament on Thursday, outlining the agenda of his administration. ..

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