His interventions in state-owned enterprises (SOEs), for example, have not gone far enough to signal significant shifts of direction. For all the talk of strengthening state capacity, some cabinet selections and governance at provincial and local government signal uncomfortable continuity with the past.
But the coronavirus pandemic could be just the crisis needed to finally deliver on required reforms. That's if he follows through.
The national state of disaster has indeed placed him in the driving seat. With very limited space for dissent in the context of a global and national crisis, Ramaphosa is stronger than he has ever been, and perhaps will ever be.
He has the ear of business, those domestic investors and corporates said to be hoarding around R4-trillion which they could be investing in SA Inc. Trade unions are reeling over the effects of the economic shutdown on workers - and should be poised to take seriously any reasonable proposals. Communities and broader civil society now more than ever need the country and economy to work better.
His administration has the cover to take unpopular decisions. These include re-purposing SOEs, renegotiating power relations with public sector unions, providing the necessary combination of sticks and carrots to get big business to invest and participate in economic reform.
This is an opportune time. What waits to be seen is whether Ramaphosa will have the courage to deliver on his bold vision for a new economy.
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