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Thursday, 20 December 2012
WHAT CYRIL'S ELECTION MEANS
20 December 2012
Dear Insight Reader
Worrall is on holiday and will deal with the African National Congress'
conference and its policy decisions, etc. on his return to office in
January. But given the importance that has been attached to Cyril
Ramaphosa's election as the ANC deputy president, and therefore most
certainly deputy president of the country - something which Dr Worrall
predicted - we feel that you might wish to re-read what he said about
Ramaphosa in the last Insight.
Having referred to the importance of the black middle class as an emerging political factor he wrote:
from a rapidly emerging middle-class to the most intriguing aspect of
the ANC conference is the emergence of Cyril Ramaphosa, a supreme
personification of middle-class values, as the probable running mate to
Zuma and deputy president. Cyril, it should be recalled, was Nelson
Mandela's choice to be the country’s first president. It didn't happen,
and he went away and developed an impressive business career. However,
he remained a factor within the ANC, and the extent of his standing and
influence was demonstrated in KwaZulu-Natal, a week ago where in that
region's election of a candidate to run with Zuma, he obtained over 800
votes to Kgalema Motlanthe' s less than a dozen.
election as deputy president of the ANC and therefore the country can
only be good. Firstly, it fits into the middle-class phenomenon Sunday Times
editor Ray Hartley has so superbly analysed - in fact, it reinforces
that transforming development. Secondly, given his business connections
it will have an effect on international business and investor
confidence; thirdly, given his role in the writing of the South African
constitution, his presence at the highest level of power will put an end
to the ANC's tendency to play around with undesirable constitutional
ideas. And fourthly, his association as deputy chairman of the National
Planning Commission - in other words the man behind Trevor Manuel - will
put the National Plan upfront and see the National Plan at the heart of
the ANC's social and economic policy programme. Aside therefore from
the election of an ANC president and deputy president, the most
important thing to emerge the Mangaung conference will be a total
commitment to the National Plan which, as the veteran economist Raymond
Parsons said this week, is what the country needs. It will happen with
Prescient words, we think. And from everybody at Insight and Omega we wish you - wherever you are in the world - well over the festive season and health and happiness in 2013.
PS: Expect the first insight for 2013 on 15 January.