It is not enough just to be ambitious and want to be the CEO. Or the president of a country. You have to want to achieve something in that role. Thabo Mbeki was very clear: he wanted to turn the ANC into a modern party, make SA part of a greater African renaissance and remodel the economy into an example of excellence.

How was this to be done? Cut the ANC off from its no-questions-asked allegiance to the SACP and Cosatu; ramp up education and promote foreign direct investment; encourage progressive young leaders on the continent; enforce certainty in policy-making...

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