My parting shot in this column last month (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/companies/investors-monthly/2021-07-29-editors-note-slight-comfort-amid-the----alarm-and-despondency/) was: "Watch me pay dearly for my political pessimism". It looks very much like I’ll be doing just that …

That said, politically — after a clearly compromised cabinet reshuffle — my pessimism has not entirely evaporated, though the jitters caused by the destructive unrest in July have dissipated somewhat...

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