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Elections might change a parliament, governing and opposition parties, but they don’t dispose of issues. After the election and inauguration of the sixth administration, the biggest challenge is to develop better processes than adversarial parliamentary politics, and generate consensus on major issues. After debates on the electoral arithmetic and its potential implications are over, many important issues will be in the minds of businesses and the nation after the inauguration of the new president on May 25. The new administration and parliament need to ensure their warm words are backed up by practical policies. The country needs an undivided, stable government focusing on stabilising the economy and building on the pillars of long-term growth — education and skills, healthcare, infrastructure and sound governance. Twenty-five years since apartheid rule ended, SA’s prospects are much improved. In our sector, black youth no longer face a narrow choice between miner and farm labourer...

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