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For a news addict there’s still one benefit to being on holiday when a big story breaks. The benefit is that you don’t get to write about it and, in the process, put your panic threshold on premature public display.

So when ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule stood up last week and announced the change of the Reserve Bank’s mandate and pretty well the end of life as we know it, I was unpacking cardboard boxes in a new home in a new part of the country. I wasn’t paying attention. The papers don’t get delivered where I live now so even the next day the most I was aware of was a fleeting glance of the front page of Die Burger in the local OK. Didn’t register much...

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