By the time you read this column, I will be sitting by the pool with a gin & tonic in hand, trying to ignore the fact that whatever I didn't manage to get done this year will still be waiting for me in the new year. There is always a mad rush to get things done before the start of the summer holidays but inevitably there are some things that - no matter how important - don't get done before South Africans wrap up for the summer . Despite my best efforts I am almost certain that, come December 31, I will probably have failed to renew my passport (again), been unable to get a quote from the plumber (soon), not finished that client proposal (sorry client!), or transferred my debit orders to my new bank account. As annoying as it is to know that these things will still be on my To Do list in January, it is also reassuring to know that I am not alone in trying - and failing - to get everything done before the end of the year. Take, for example, President Cyril Ramaphosa. The past two wee...

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