May 25 marks 100 days since Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as SA’s fifth president. The shift away from the Zuma years has undoubtedly been significant: the Ramaphosa era has ushered in renewed hope and optimism. But he inherited a dysfunctional government, a fractured society and a deeply divided governing party. So is Ramaphosa winning? To answer this, the Paternoster Group has developed a framework for analysis called "Cyril Watch" with five cluster headings and 15 indicators. Here’s what it tells us. Political leadership — taking tough decisions at the top So far, Ramaphosa has barely put a foot wrong. He has distanced himself from the Zuma administration — no mean feat as he was Zuma’s deputy from 2014. Aided by his #TummyMustFall early morning walks, he has been able to project himself as both energetic and approachable, in contrast to his predecessor. His first state of the nation address, less than 48 hours after Zuma resigned, was well delivered and well received. He had to h...

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