President Ramaphosa's emphasis on fighting crime is well placed. Most categories of violent crimes have risen dramatically over the past eight years.
President Ramaphosa's state of the nation speech showed his preference for less contentious matters that attract praise, rather than catalytic decisions.
Ramaphosa offered five simple yet bold goals for the next ten years that cut across the social and economic structural constraints that inhibit South Africa’s potential.
It's easy to report on access and inputs, but much more difficult to achieve educational quality and meaningful outcomes.
The majority of Kenyans appear to be happy as President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga's pledge to “build bridges.”
A tumultuous era has ended and there's a silver lining to the cloud that has been hanging over South Africa.
Zuma will go down in history as South Africa’s most corrupt head of government since Cecil Rhodes was prime minister of the Cape Colony.
President Jacob Zuma shouldn't be allowed to detract from the momentum that Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president of the ruling ANC, has started to build.
The ANC should draw the lesson that South Africans are unlikely to tolerate the ongoing descent of their politics into the gutter without strident resistance - in the streets, if necessary.
There was nothing in President Zuma's speech to suggest that he'd really listened to people's concerns about higher education - nor to suggest that any solutions will be forthcoming.
Jacob Zuma tried to cover everything under the sun in his State of the Nation address. The speech was not pivoted on an anchor. It was a collection of inputs from various government departments.
President Jacob Zuma failed to focus on reforms that fix any of the health care in South Africa in the next five years.
In a bid to improve health care in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has made several promises in the last three years. Some have materialised faster than others.