South Africans know better than to expect ‘shock and awe’ in Thursday’s state of the nation address.

Since the beginning of the year, President Cyril Ramaphosa has been on a roadshow, delivering big speeches and announcing his broad intentions for the country.

It started with the ANC’s January 8 anniversary celebrations in Durban and the first major set piece was the February state of the nation address.

The ANC’s election campaign was a continuous restatement of the goals of the New Dawn and by the time it got to the party’s big closing rally, there was hardly anything to write home about...

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