Three discrete encounters in Johannesburg recently reinforced the singular, stark economic darkness that now clouds the hype and hope of the Cyril Ramaphosa “new dawn”.

First off, I listened to an acute analysis on the essential problem with our economy and its misdiagnosis by the governing ANC. Moeletsi Mbeki — an analyst of our political economy and the author, among other works, of the aptly named Architects of Poverty, a sweeping indictment of the paraphernalia of elite-centred redistribution — does not pull his punches.

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