This article is excerpted from a letter by MOI Global instructor Rudi van Niekerk, founder and principal manager of Desert Lion Capital in Cape Town, South Africa.
If you base your understanding of South Africa primarily on the media’s newsfeed, it is very easy to be negative on the country. I am not denying SA’s problems and that the country is still suffering from the damage done during the Zuma decade (president from 2008 to 2018). But, I am proclaiming that much positive is happening, which either is not reported broadly or not considered adequately when people formulate their SA views.
Cyril Ramaphosa became president in 2018, and his administration set itself two very critical goals – rebuilding a capable state and revitalizing the economy.
Rebuilding a capable state essentially means addressing state capture, rooting out corruption, improving policy frameworks, and better service delivery. Rebuilding the country’s investigating and prosecuting units is a critical first step towards rebuilding state capacity and returning government institutions to fully functioning ability.
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