The relationship between capital and politics in SA is characterised by mutual loathing, suspicion, one-upmanship and fear. This is hardly an environment for dialogue and confidence building.

Business recently tabled a document, “Post-Covid-19: A new inclusive economic future for SA — delivering an accelerated economic recovery strategy”. It called on the government to address constraints to economic growth, especially policy certainty; corruption and crime; innovation, entrepreneurship and education outcomes; inefficient and redundant state-owned entities (SOEs); state capability and capacity; inequality, transformation and broad-based BEE (B-BBEE). The cabinet has barely acknowledged the business document’s existence...

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