In his ambitious quest to place the Eastern Cape on par with its peers, premier Oscar Mabuyane has vowed to revitalise the economy, tackle maladministration and root out corruption.

He’s got a tough job ahead of him. The Eastern Cape contributed 8% to SA’s GDP in 2017, according to Stats SA, behind Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. But with GDP per capita of just R55,094, it’s the poorest province in the country. And with 35.4% unemployment on the narrow definition, it is battling the highest jobless rate in the country...

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