So, Zuma has officially done it. He is President of South Africa. It will be interesting to see what impact he has. Will those who threatened to leave South Africa really leave? Will he be successful with his populist agenda?
I was able to meet him at a lunch at UC Berkeley a little over a year ago where he — appropriately for his audience — made the argument that education would be a top priority. Will it?
I also wonder about his impact on South Africa’s foreign policy. Mbeki had a clear agenda and goals with respect to the African region. Will Zuma embrace the African Renaissance? Will he improve on NEPAD, or let it falter? Will he continue the agenda of engagement with other major developing countries, most notably India and Brazil? I will definitely be watching!