SA’s biggest companies believe they have the solution to the racial inequality that has riven the country since the end of apartheid a quarter-century ago: grow the economy.

The debate about integrating more black South Africans into one of the world’s most-unequal societies is being thrust into the open amid anti-racism protests sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement. It also comes as the coronavirus pandemic exposes the divide between rich and poor in a country where white households earn five times more than their vlack counterparts, according to government data...

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