Apart from trying to placate a handful of worried investors, Team SA may as well have been absent from last week’s 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) gathering in Davos, Switzerland. For a country that once proudly boxed above its weight at the world’s foremost billionaire jamboree, it barely made its presence felt.

If anything, Team SA’s showing reflected the mood of a country yet to drag itself out of the morass of the so-called lost decade. At least in those years the team proudly flew its flag from one of the town’s most prestigious pieces of real estate: the Kirchner Museum. That museum is located at a key intersection between the huge, purpose-built convention centre and the bustling Promenade...

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