How time flies. Tuesday will mark three weeks since the presidency released a statement announcing the social partners at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) had reached an agreement on a recovery plan for an economy battered by Covid-19 and the lockdown.

It was hailed as another example of the effectiveness of SA’s  “social compacting” culture, prompting President Cyril Ramaphosa to say, in a statement on September 15, that it was “a great achievement that rises to the challenge of the moment”. But then once again it is let down by what many football commentators have referred to as the lack of an end product...

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