Can we create the SA we want to live in after Covid-19?
SA’s historical imbalances have not disappeared so we need a clear national purpose to define future economic strategies
Since Cyril Ramaphosa ascended to the presidency of SA two years ago, the country has seen a wide range of economic and political developments, both positive and negative. In some cases reforms have partially borne fruit, but in other cases the country’s economic performance has deteriorated significantly and will continue to do so (at least in the short term) as the country grapples with a sudden and unpredictable health crisis.
Many of the deeds have evidently not matched the words and promises. And there are whirlpools on both sides, not on one side only. If SA is to move ahead into a post-virus era and prosper, then political idealism, ideology and power rivalry must be constructively balanced with sound economic judgment and policy coherence...