I have had just two encounters with our new President-elect. The first was in 1971 when he took exception to a piece I had written in 'Business and Finance' magazine. Happily the little dispute was resolved amicably.
Ever since I have been a fan of the poet, politician and humanitarian who seemed to fight for causes such as womens' rights and civil liberties that were not particularly popular at the time. He was also an exceptional Minister for the Arts, probably the best we have ever had.
So, about a year ago, when I got talking to him at a South Africa Day reception, I asked him if he would be a candidate for the Presidency. He gave me a cautious answer, saying that he had yet to make up his mind.
'Go for it, Michael D', I said. 'You are the only man for the job' - or words to that effect.
And to-day I am very glad I did. He will be an excellent President of whom we hcan be justly proud.
Provided we can understand what he is talking about, of course.