As SA edges closer to its most contested elections since the dawn of democracy, it finds itself confronted by pedestrian economic growth, high and stubborn poverty, unemployment and inequality. The good thing is that these challenges are not insurmountable. There are opportunities for quick wins to turn around investor sentiment and consumer confidence, which are key to inclusive and sustainable job-rich growth. I recently participated in the Africa CEO Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, where the need for an investor-friendly landscape across Africa was centre stage, as was the role of a strong and entrenched private sector. Rwanda is an epitome of excellence in attracting and retaining investments by doing, not just saying, the right things. To grow the economy and improve investor sentiment we have to do the right things all the time, or at least most of the time. President Paul Kagame's administration is modelled on the lines of Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. It is about effic...

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