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WHAT HAPPENED THE APPOINTMENT of Kgalema Motlanthe as President of South Africa in place of Thabo Mbeki attracted hardly any negative comment in local newspapers – especially after his first speech, in which Motlanthe gave assurances that SA belongs to all, black and white. Motlanthe again committed himself to democracy, non-racism and non-sexism and made solutions to the Aids, inadequate skills and crime problems his vision. THE WITNESS said Motlanthe had earned respect for the way he performed his first official duties as SA’s new head of State. Volksblad agreed that he’d “made all the right noises” and had shown through his Cabinet selections that he was prepared to make a difference. The Sunday Tribune said he was definitely the best man to lead the country on the path of recovery and healing.