Just a few days before the captains of the world economy and industry convene for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the governing ANC released its manifesto for the 2019 general election. This is a manifesto Business Leadership SA (BLSA) has cautiously welcomed. Only a year ago, then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was welcomed by business leaders in Davos; this year, he returns as president leading Team SA, immediately after his party has just dangled bait for the ANC’s re-election. Most of what is contained in the manifesto resonates with what BLSA has long maintained, which is to ensure that accelerated, socio-economic growth should be uppermost on the agenda. An 18th century American inventor and businessman Oliver Evans wrote: “It frequently happens that two persons, reasoning right on a mechanical subject, think alike and invent the same thing without any communication with each other,” Whereas some analysts have referred to this as a coincidence, one wou...

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