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New ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa revealed his secret weapon against President Jacob Zuma on Saturday: time management. In a departure from common practice in the ANC, Ramaphosa delivered the national executive committee’s January 8 statement exactly on time at the party’s 106th anniversary celebrations in East London. Party officials were on stage before 10am, in sharp contrast to what had become the norm in the ANC — wasted hours at events, with supporters sitting for long periods in the sun and often being drenched by rain while waiting for leaders to address them. Perhaps seeking to bring in his experience from business, where time management often has a direct relationship with output, Ramaphosa said the party had decided to start its celebrations on time. If he is to believed, this is a clear signal of change. "Nelson Mandela would have been very pleased to see that we are starting our things on time," Ramaphosa said. "We respect each other, we respect our movement and we resp...

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