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Nothing makes you appreciate home more than travelling. While spending a week with friends in Thailand chasing an elusive white ball into a series of holes, I missed the much-anticipated live broadcast of President Cyril Ramaphosa's stimulus package announcement. Thanks to YouTube, I was able to catch up and also hear the so-called experts react to Thuma Mina's message to the country. As much as the Vusi Mahlasela music makes you feel at home as soon as you step on a homeward-bound aircraft, I certainly did not miss the "talking down" that we South Africans love to give ourselves. Almost everyone I spoke to about the "stimulus package" announcement after arriving back had something negative to say. Many said it wasn't really a stimulus package because it was merely a reprioritisation of money we already have. Others said it sounded like no more than the reversal of bad policy decisions and the fixing of some obvious missteps by the previous Jacob Zuma administration. The consistent ...

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