PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma, in partnership with organised labour and business, on Wednesday announced a host of measures aimed at getting the country back on track.The methodology is familiar: a social pact, a common voice and a united vision. As it happens, the prognosis is familiar too: our society is too unequal, too dysfunctional and too fractious. And much of the diagnosis is also familiar: better law and order, labour market stability and socioeconomic upliftment.The broad parameters of this kind of interaction are well known. And for this particular patient, with its seemingly familiar ailments, the medicine is "as prescribed".Hence, many of the solutions consist of plans that are already in place: the Expanded Public Works Programme already exists, although now it may be expanded. The R844.5bn infrastructure expansion plan has been a constant theme for five years.To many of the participants, this "social pact" way of dealing with South African problems has the great advantage of b...

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