Looking to the future and writing it down for its inhabitants to laugh at is a mug’s game. In a world as fluid and dangerous as ours, it’s far safer to roll out the hoary old cop-out that the only certainty is uncertainty — along with Benjamin Franklin’s observation on death and taxes.

But safe writing is boring — 2024 will be a veritable jungle of opportunity and risk. The SA economy will continue to be tossed about on deteriorating international geopolitical seas and hamstrung by internal dysfunction. We will also ride the tiger of our own uncertain political future. Within all this there will be risk and opportunity for citizens and investors...

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