Why is SA’s economy growing far more slowly than similar economies? Why is exclusion so high, even after decades of socioeconomic transformation policies? Why are more appropriate steps not being taken to include more of its people, capabilities, assets and ideas in the economy?

These are not just academic questions. They are reflected in the anxious, tired, sadly angry faces of the small business owners I meet in the course of my job. These heroes are wonderfully resilient, but at all economic levels they are struggling. And their ranks are far thinner than an economy of this sophistication should contain — contributing to the huge unemployment rate...

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