I learnt a new acronym this week. New to me, that is. TINA: there is no alternative. It was popularised by British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s to explain some of her most hard-hitting policy decisions. She borrowed it from a Victorian philosopher named Herbert Spencer, who believed in the ability of technological and social progress to solve problems. In South Africa, we need to take a TINA approach to economic transformation. I am not talking here about our nuclear-obsessed energy minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, but something far more far-reaching and fundamental. We have to find an economic model we can all broadly agree on, otherwise the levels of political and social dissatisfaction being expressed with mounting frequency and ferocity run a high risk of boiling over. There is no alternative. I have been fortunate in the past week to spend quality time in the company of two extraordinary individuals. One was strategist Clem Sunter, whose five-year-long appeal ...

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