The last time an SA president failed to cross the Rubicon, our then strong economy was dealt a severe body blow. International sanctions, boycotts, disinvestment, a collapsed rand, strikes and civil unrest were the order of the day.

Now, 34 years later, President Cyril Ramaphosa and his cabinet face a Rubicon of even greater magnitude which, if they fail to cross it confidently, will again have a devastating effect on economic growth, unemployment and poverty. This time our already weak economy could be dealt a lethal blow...

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