Given the hopelessness and despair of small businesses and households due to the energy crisis, there was always going to be cynicism over President Cyril Ramaphosa’s seventh state of the nation address.

The chaotic scenes before his speech would have cemented the public’s sentiment that politicians lack an appreciation of the extent of the crisis and the urgent need for practical solutions. It would be an understandable perspective, which underlines a dwindling tolerance of the  government’s underperformance in key areas...

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