President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech was filled with grand plans. But we have heard elements of them before. Part of the problem is that the government moves at a glacial pace. Urgency does not seem to exist in the bureaucratic culture.
So, after all the build-up and conjecture, SONA happened. President Cyril Ramaphosa gave a good speech. He demonstrated understanding of the country's deep anger and frustration at the effects of a decade (and counting) of economic stagnation and decline. He appeared engaged, compassionate and knew when to throw in a smile, joke or personal touch. Statesmanlike.
What a contrast with his predecessor who went through the motions, giggling, while his administration betrayed the hopes and dreams of our people with self-serving, lethargic, incompetent and corrupt maladministration.
A brief note on the EFF's antics. What began as an urgent, imaginative and effective protest against an illegitimate President Jacob Zuma, is now a mere opportunistic attempt to steal the spotlight at the highest value hour on the annual political calendar. I don't condemn the EFF for this opportunism. As the political David to the ANC's Goliath - referencing the size disparity only, not their respective virtues - it is an understandable...