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SA workers are looking to Thursday night’s state of the nation address (sona), to be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa, with heightened levels of expectation and concern about the future. The latest job figures and economic projections paint a dire picture of the pending gloom in the coming months, with yet more people expected to plunge into poverty.

This is alarming considering that more than half of the working-age population is officially unemployed. It is calamitous for the country because it means millions of workers and young people will be dependent on the state for their wellbeing, and that of their families...

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