Come on Cyril! FW did it, Mantashe has just done it. You can do it too

05 February 2020 - 07:00
Mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe. File photo.
Mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe. File photo.
Image: Masi Losi/Sunday Times

To mark the 30th anniversary of FW de Klerk’s earth-shaking speech on February 2 1990, is was asked for my meories of the day.

My answer had at the least the relevance of being at ground zero on this shape shifting moment.

At the Mining Indaba on Monday, minerals minister Gwede Mantashe faced his moment of dire necessity.

Like Mantashe’s announcement, De Klerk’s was very late in the day. But –  then as now – late is certainly better than never.

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