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Dreams of bullet trains derail as Cyril goes back to basics for ...

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Dreams of bullet trains derail as Cyril goes back to basics for Sona 2022

Announcement to industrialise hemp and cannabis with potential to create more than 130,000 new jobs receives applause

Political correspondent

From promising bullet trains in June 2019, to pledging to fix vandalised railways in February 2022, a toned-down president Cyril Ramaphosa went back to basics on Thursday night.

During his state of the nation address, he focused on the reconstruction of the SA economy and promised new jobs, to build literal and sometimes figurative bridges, to industrialise cannabis and end the state of disaster. Ramaphosa also alluded to the need for fundamental reforms to revive economic growth.

Gone were his previous dreams of skyscrapers, bullet trains and smart cities. Instead, the president spoke about tackling the red tape that causes endless frustration for small businesses, fixing railways and building bridges for schoolchildren...

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