Concluding his excursion of four African countries in Dakar, President Cyril Ramaphosa advised newshounds that challenges faced with the aid of his management in 2021 “mixed to create just a catastrophic 12 months”.
No truer words might have been said.
Ramaphosa’s own assessment builds at the 3 years wasted years of his reign.
The shift from Ramaphoria to Ramaruin has been dramatic. The biblically inclined opt for Ramageddon in connection with Armageddon – the time period “used in a familiar sense to consult any end of global state of affairs”.
Ramaphosa turned into quick to point out: “nevertheless, I’m nonetheless status, and ready for the next spherical.”
William Sanderson-Meyer sums up Ramaphosa’s presidency as: “Ramaphosa can also indeed be bodily vertical but in every other way he’s been slip-sliding, like a jelly in an earthquake, in every course. It’s difficult to consider a single promise that he’s added upon in these kind of four years.” (Cyril’s catastrophic 12 months, The Citizen, December 11, 2021).
Ramaphosa’s ineptitude expresses itself maximum profoundly within the very regions he promised the kingdom could outline his presidency – the economy, activity creation, sorting out the mess in each Eskom and the South African airlines, corruption-busting and the dealing with of Covid-19 pandemic.
The economy has long gone on a downward spiral. The outlook stays bleak. Unemployment has rocketed. children unemployment worsened to seventy four.7%. Eskom appears to be crumbling fast. reports indicate that, in just three hundred and sixty five days, Eskom used a hundred thirty% more gasoline oil than expected for coal-fired power stations and “electricity stations tripped 711 instances during the last yr – seventy two% greater than the preceding year”.
For his component, Tony Leon, the former leader of the DA aptly describes Ramaphosa’s leadership at the economic system as just “huge talk but it’s all fable economics … (and despite] the fanciful promises, on Cyril Ramaphosa’s watch, debt provider costs and public provider wage bill now gobble up 79c of every tax rand.”(business Day, may additionally 27, 2021).
If the outcome of the neighborhood authorities elections is anything to move by means of, it'd seem that the electorate is now not buying into Ramaphosa's big speak. certainly, no amount of spin-doctoring by using embedded journalists can save Ramaphosa.
An sincere baby-kisser might dangle up the gloves. Twenty-two months ago, Isolezwe, the most important every day newspaper in KwaZulu-Natal, with a readership of 339 000 turned into blunt in its description of Ramaphosa’s overall performance while it proclaimed Iqiniso malingafihlwa, uhlulekile uRamaphosa (allow the truth now not be hidden, Ramaphosa has failed). This observation was made in February 2020 before the onset of Covid-19. The mishandling of the pandemic has only exacerbated the challenges.
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