President Cyril Ramaphosa gives a speech during the opening ceremony of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, September 3 2018. Picture: REUTERS
President Cyril Ramaphosa gives a speech during the opening ceremony of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, September 3 2018. Picture: REUTERS

SA will struggle to register barely positive growth for 2018.

That is the reality facing President Cyril Ramaphosa, six months after he was swept to power on a wave of optimism that he would reverse the decay of the Zuma years.

His dream of boosting growth to 3% this fiscal year is in tatters, and leaves him vulnerable to opponents both inside and outside the ANC as he prepares to fight an election in 2019, hobbled by a near 30% unemployment rate, which is set to rise further.

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