The news is dire: GDP has shrunk to its 2017 size, having grown just 1% annually on average from 2008 to 2019 and contracting 6.4% last year.

Hunger and poverty stalk the land, while SA’s “reserve army” of unemployed in 2021 is 12-million strong, representing 34.4% of the economically active population. The youth are worst affected at almost 75% unemployment...

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