South Africa: Ramaphosa's New Dawn Is Stretching Into Day, and the Results Are Coming

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It is encouraging that young activists have made supportive statements about the value of meritocracy as the basis for professionalising the public service and creating a capable state. But this has to be a meritocracy that is different from the ideologically-bound one associated with privilege.

When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a "new dawn" it brought out the clowns, and political opposition who would, rapidly, point to any of a range of things that are dysfunctional or malfunctioning. From potholes to pit toilets, gangster politicians to service delivery failures - never mind that the country has been beset by these problems for more than a decade - talk of a new dawn was ridiculed. It's a common and expedient political tactic that purposefully ignores the processes the president initiated as part of his "new dawn".

But, as the old cliché goes, there are none so blind as those who refuse to see... Or maybe the laughter at the back of the class was simply a malfunction in the Superior Logic firmware. Before we get on with the story, let's help the fellows out. It's sad, but some people who believe in the superiority of their own knowledge sometimes need spoon-feeding.

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