In a few days South Africans head to the polls in the sixth national elections since we attained democracy. We will be casting our ballots at a time when we take stock of the notable progress the ANC government has made since 1994 in improving the lives of millions of our citizens, especially in the delivery of basic services, housing, health care and social support. At the same time, we continue to grapple with a legacy of apartheid that has frustrated the government’s ability to decrease poverty and underdevelopment within a relatively short period of time. A lot has gone awry. Our economy has been floundering as a result of, among other things, ill-considered policies of the past, regulatory and other uncertainty and the mismanagement of key institutions such as state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

Public debt has ballooned and unemployment is at unacceptably high levels, impacting the ability of our citizens to lead quality lives. Moreover, the ANC government is trying to addre...

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