President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address on Thursday was appropriately sombre.

For the first time in the two years that he has been president, Ramaphosa frankly acknowledged the deep hole in which SA is stuck, with a stagnant economy, rising unemployment and increasing hardship nationwide. It was a long overdue acknowledgment and is an essential ingredient if a sense of urgency is to be instilled in his pedestrian government...

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