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“The number of new jobs and people who will be employed is going to be phenomenal and unprecedented in the history of our country.” In the context of the social, economic and political climate in SA, President Cyril Ramaphosa could not have uttered more emotive words after his much-publicised investment conference. Unemployment is at eye-watering levels and the metaphorical elastic band between the rich and poor is being stretched so far one shudders at how devastating the fallout will be if it eventually snaps. Companies at Ramaphosa’s investment conference have signalled a solid belief in SA’s ability to veer off its collision course with the iceberg we all saw coming half a decade ago, and become prosperous. This is vital for SA and should be applauded. However, South Africans are the world champions at ignoring warning signs. Despite our immense achievements we tend to only wake up when media hype followed by political hysteria snaps us into reality. We were forewarned about the...

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