Ramaphosa is frantically trying to figure out what to do. It's one thing to want to fix Eskom and another to actually fix Eskom. And SAA just lost another R5-billion-plus and auditors can't find its assets to help build a vaguely factual balance sheet. SAA Technical has no reliable record of its inventory, the parts it should be fitting to the aircraft we fly in.

President Cyril Ramaphosa keeps to himself. Now and then he does something cute like popping into a bookshop in Cape Town and social media gives a happy, collective sigh. Our new president reads books, it tells itself, before moving on to worry about Julius Malema, land grabs, how much of Jacob Zuma's ghost lingers on in government and where the Guptas and Duduzane are. In fact, Ramaphosa is frantically trying to figure out what to do. It's one thing to want to fix Eskom and another to actually fix Eskom. And SAA just lost another R5-billion-plus and auditors can't find its assets to help build a vaguely factual balance sheet. SAA Technical has no reliable record of its inventory, the parts it should be fitting to the aircraft we fly in.And oh, the politics. It's one thing to promise harmless changes to the property clauses in the constitution and another to produce them. It's one thing to wait for the law to deal with the remnants of the Zuma cabinet you inherited (and then retaine...

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