The message from the ANC in its discussion document on SA’s post-Covid-19 economy — “Reconstruction, Growth and Transformation: Building a New, Inclusive Economy” — is that things will continue as they have for years.

The use of the word “strengthen”, which tends to signify continuity, is used 41 times in the document. Reform, associated with change, is used only 10 times, and many of these involve carrying on with existing initiatives. “Structural reforms” are alluded to, but apparently their content must still be worked out...

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