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Governance failures in some of SA’s towns and cities degraded infrastructure so much that Pick n Pay, SA’s second-largest retailer, is battling to get insurance cover on some assets. 

Gareth Ackerman, the chair, has become the latest corporate leader to bemoan the government’s inability to ensure basic functions, such as fixing potholes, which, in turn, increases the cost of doing business. And that’s on top of the costs associated with dealing with a power utility that cannot provide electricity reliably...

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