Patience, SA! Cyril will get there in the end

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Patience, SA! Cyril will get there in the end

Cuts here, concessions there, doing things little by little is what it will take to get rid of the Zuma detritus

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There are some expressions that are very particular to the South African vocabulary. Many have fallen into disuse, but I suspect we are going to have to dust some of them off because we will need them over the next five years of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s tenure.

One that is popular in several of our languages comes to mind. In isiZulu they say “kancane kancane”. In Afrikaans they say “bietjie bietjie maak meer”. They both mean “little by little”. They mean things being undertaken in small, incremental steps. These expressions, it is becoming clearer to me, are what encapsulate the Ramaphosa Way.

There will be no revolutionary change here. We may get to the hoped-for 6% economic growth. We may cut unemployment to 20% and perhaps even less, but it’s going to take time. It’s going to be “kancane kancane”...

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