SA needs the best economic advice it can get given the state of the economy. From this perspective, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of an 18-member economic advisory council (EAC), as promised in a past state of the nation address, is a positive development. 

The EAC members are of strong intellectual calibre, are drawn from the ranks of academics and practising economists, and include a couple of non-SA experts. It is a credible, balanced, high-powered team that can bring its collective expertise to bear on SA’s pressing challenges of turning the economy around and creating more growth and jobs...

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