With the streets of Sandton gridlocked by traffic, intense security details and road closures as we host heads of state from across the globe in the Brics summit, it is no wonder that this is the topic of the day.

But we have been here before — maybe not the Brics summit, but certainly the air of great expectation and the air of great disappointment all around us, all at once. The last distinct memory is the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Though a different event, it came with similar hopes of economic opportunity for SA...

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