Tito is a national treasure. Now he just needs Cyril to back him

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Tito is a national treasure. Now he just needs Cyril to back him

SA doesn’t have time for Ramaphosa’s vanity projects. Thank goodness Mboweni kicked those into touch

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Finance minister Tito Mboweni’s budget is a very decent start towards fixing the ailing SA economy. The problem is that we are good with ideas and plans and programmes in SA. We are terrible at implementing. Can his cabinet and ANC colleagues back him in implementing the tough measures needed to make it all a success?

President Cyril Ramaphosa and his teams at Luthuli House and at the Union Buildings could start this important implementation phase by emulating Mboweni: he delivered a brave, sensible budget shorn of frills and populism.

The lack of frills and populism matter because we live in a world now where leaders – here and elsewhere – say whatever the taxpayer or the stakeholder standing in front of them wants to hear. Not so with Mboweni. We are lucky to have him and the national Treasury still intact, even if the Treasury is limping after Des van Rooyen, Malusi Gigaba and Jacob Zuma tried to break it...

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