INDICATIONS ARE that Mbeki, who chose the ANC's premiers, will carefully guide the composition of the notoriously fractious provincial cabinets. While this emasculates the premiers, it will at least ensure that more time is spent on implementing central government policy than on internal squabbles. This should ensure that the programme of transformation is accelerated. The process of getting where we are in the management of the affairs of this country has taken five years. Now is the time to deliver, and a vote for Mbeki is what is needed to expedite this transformation.
MBEKI IS a man of detail, method and the long game. His vision will be realised or fail on detail - on the extent to which he and his government succeed in fostering an environment that enables people to get on with the details of their own lives. In achieving such an environment, he will face more than enough practical problems. He will need to be able to delegate, which means finding people on whose abilities, not only personal loyalties, one can rely. He will also need to recognise that the autonomy of others is a source of complementary creativity.
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