Ramaphosa promises fresh start after cabinet reshuffle

President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa promised a fresh start for South Africa.

But his new cabinet is more of a balancing act than a radical shake-up.

He’s brought back some key figures that had been pushed out of government because, it’s widely believed, they’d tried to fight the corruption that flourished under former President Jacob Zuma.

The crucial finance ministry will now be considered in safe hands under Ntlanthla Nene.

Elsewhere allies have been rewarded, others given second chances and a few key rivals in the ANC brought in.

President Ramaphosa and his governing party have much to prove before elections next year if they’re to convince South Africans that a reshuffle of mostly familiar faces can address the country’s formidable challenges.