Aray of hope swept through South Africa when StatsSA announced that the country had risen out of a technical recession, with 2.5% growth in the second quarter of this year. The fact that we have been able to climb out of recession amid all the uncertainty and instability in the local environment and the global economy offers a much-needed glimmer of optimism. We should be taking a moment to celebrate this, especially given how hard it would have been to predict it a while ago. It is a sign that our collective efforts have been significant enough to have a tremendous impact at a national level. This would be hard to achieve in a divided society and is due to both the private and public sector playing their parts. When good news comes after a period of hardship, we tend to be slow in giving it the credit and positivity it deserves. Instead, we question its meaning, validity and sustainability. If anything, we would rather wait, often with scepticism, to see how much longer the economy...

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