Enough already with the whining. Given the horrible hand he was dealt on accession to the presidencies of the ANC and SA, worsened by the subsequent crisis in emerging-market currencies and the onset of domestic recession, the biggest disappointment of Cyril Ramaphosa’s still-brief tenure in the highest office is the realisation that he’s incapable of overnight miracles. Far too much has been expected of him over far too short a period. Just as there was investor elation on his cramped victory at the ANC’s elective conference in December, so there is a marked swing in the opposite direction that his delivery on promises comforting to economic growth has been muddled. The former mood wasn’t justified then; the latter isn’t justified now. The man is running a country, not a company, where the flexibilities to slash costs, especially on personnel, differ markedly. He’s also heading a political party, factious within itself and confronted by populist agitators devoid of responsibility f...

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