If the ANC manages to pull off a win and remain the ruling party, there are a number of things that its president, Cyril Ramaphosa, will have to address in order to give South Africans hope for a better future.
The day has finally arrived - South Africans are going to mark their votes and soon the country will know who has been elected to lead it forward.
If the ANC takes the win and remains in control, there a handful of urgent matters to address, and as soon as possible too.
BusinessLIVE reports that Ramaphosa will have four top priorities that he will have to see to: Eskom, a cabinet reshuffle, economic growth and the Reserve Bank.
1. Eskom - This is likely the most urgent problem Ramaphosa will have to find viable and long-term solutions for. Load-shedding is on everyone's minds and if the ruling party can sort it out, it will go a long way to building trust and faith.
Eskom will need to be stabilised with a strong but drastic strategy. Ramaphosa already mentioned remodelling the power utility and announced a Sustainability Task Team, he could build on that plan. It should also be resolved who should fund fixing Eskom.
2. Cabinet reshuffle - The replacement of members who were appointed during Jacob Zuma's time as president could give South Africans more faith in the ruling party.
Ramaphosa declared that there is no place for the corrupt in ANC and Parliament, and a cabinet reshuffle will show that he was being serious.
If Ramaphosa does opt for a reshuffle, it should be announced within roughly two weeks. Whomever he chooses will reflect his ambitions and plans for the future.
3. Economic growth - One of South Africa's most prominent problems is its growth in the economic sector. Ramaphosa will have to find a way to truly bring the economy back to life.
A clear plan that makes sense and is plausible is what is needed. SOEs must also be addressed in a reasonable manner.
4. Reserve Bank - Ramaphosa will have to act fast on dealing with the Reserve Bank, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Francois Groepe's departure and the likely departure of Daniel Mminele, the Reserve Bank’s deputy-governor, will have to be addressed as soon as possible.
Ramaphosa will have to quickly appoint replacements as well as take a clear stand on the nationalisation of the bank.
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Of course, there are many more matters for the ruling party to address, such as unemployment and crime, but these four are considered the top priorities.
Only time will tell how matters will be handled.
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