Summits and inquires have defined Ramaphosa's first year in office

Summits and inquires have defined Ramaphosa's first year in office

- After a year as president, Ramaphosa's leadership style is clear

- Due to his fragile hold on power, he has relied on summits and inquiries to do his work for him

- But it remains to be seen what his SONA speech - and the year ahead - will hold for the president and South Africa

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After almost a year office and with his State of the National Address looming, some aspects of how Ramaphosa's presidency works have become clear.

His term has been largely defined by two institutions: summits and commission of inquiry. 

On the economic and social front, Ramaphosa has hosted several summits to try and drum up investment and bring attention to issues like health and gender equality. When it comes to state capture, Ramaphosa has allowed commissions to do his work for him.

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Ramaphosa's position is precarious, according to the Daily Maverick, with many staunch supporters of the Zuma slate still holding power in the party.

This has limited Ramaphosa's ability to change his cabinet or take action against many individuals implicated in corruption, has learned.

As a result, he has largely relied on inquiries like the Zondo Commission to handle accusations of state capture and government corruption. 

The fact that Ramaphosa's grip on power is tenuous has therefore made for a bumpy year in office, with several ups and downs.

Highlights include the appointment of a new Eskom board, the massive foreign investment pledges (South Africa has already received R35.5 billion with another R20 billion expected later in the year), as well as the NPA's decision to try Jacob Zuma.

There have also been disappointments, however, such as the instability of the rand, the failure to take action against those implicated by the Zondo Commisison, and the appointment of David Mabuza as deputy president - a person implicated in extensive corruption.

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It remains to be seen what Ramaphosa will say during his SONA speech, and what the year ahead holds for the president. Importantly, the next few months may determine whether South Africa experiences more Ramaphoria, or if the country's hopes - and Ramaphosa's -  end in disappointment.

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