Hail Ramaphosa, vale Tsvangirai

IT HAS been said that Nelson Mandela brought South Africa together, Thabo Mbeki divided it – and then Jacob Zuma tried to plunder it, writes Barry Avery in African Angle.

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So there is renewed hope that, for a country on the bottom of a political cyclical curve, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s legacy will be that he was responsible for reinvigorating the troubled republic.

It did not take long Ramaphosa to place a fresh and conciliatory stamp on the South African presidency, just days after the disposal of the gloomy Zuma.

And this stamp happened to take place on turf upon which Ramaphosa has trodden for well over three decades – the mining industry.

A court application – brought by the Chamber of Mines – to review the Mining Charter was to be heard this week. Challenging the Chamber was the union Ramaphosa used to lead, National Union of Mineworkers, as well as other ...