The ANC’s election manifesto, under President Cyril Ramaphosa, promises to create 275,000 jobs every year and to raise R1.2-trillion in new investments over the next four years. The wrecking ball, Jacob Zuma, was the crowd favourite at the party’s birthday celebrations in Durban last Tuesday, even after Ramaphosa spoke. There is still disunity in the party and people suspected of wrongdoing, like the party’s secretary general Ace Magashule, still have not been prosecuted. DA leader Mmusi Maimane recently said that the ANC “is the same bus, different driver”. He may be correct. Platitudes flourish under the ANC. The manifesto also said: “We will ensure that we not only create new jobs, but work hard to protect existing jobs.” Naturally, the promises and platitudes are short on detail. The ANC has, for example, also promised to create an infrastructure fund “to finance key economic projects”, but again has not explained from where the money will be obtained. Ramaphosa told business le...

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