The disenchantment of the middle class is often cited as a contributor to the downward slide in the ANC’s popularity in urban areas. KwaZulu-Natal bucked the trend in the last national elections, but the impact of deadly factional battles in the province has caused uncertainty about whether the ANC still enjoys overwhelming support. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was in KwaZulu-Natal this week and had the opportunity to interact with black professionals and business people. If the discussions were anything to go by, KZN’s “clever blacks” are not as concerned about the big issues as you might expect. By CYRIL MADLALA.