Manuel took the advice and made a point every year of addressing some of the ideas people shared with him in his Budget speech.
Almost 20 years later, our new finance minister, Tito Mboweni, is embracing technology to talk to us.
Late on Friday night he tweeted: “Let us do something unusual which will annoy the Establishment. If you were Minister of Finance, what would you announce on Wednesday next week? It is time for the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS). Over to you. Don’t tell the Establishment about this tweet!”
With those few words, Mboweni told us how he wanted us to see him - confident, independent, open to new ideas and having a sense of humour. But it told us something more Mboweni wanted to be seen as being on our side.