Economist Roelof Botha, author of the highly regarded Afrimat construction index, says the government of national unity (GNU) could turn around the ailing construction sector and triple economic growth if interest rates are slashed and ideological constraints on infrastructure delivery “put on the back-burner”.

“I would like to see first and foremost the influence of more common-sense economics, starting at National Treasury. They need to adopt a more Keynesian, growth-orientated approach, post haste.”..

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