If there’s one thing to say for the complex and rather bizarre US electoral system, it’s that it has a sense of spectacle and drama. There is little in politics that comes close to the raw theatre of the build-up, adrenaline and production of the climactic final night.

When the US votes, the world watches. But it isn’t just for the show. The outcome matters to everyone, including South Africans. It affects SA’s currency, domestic economy and place in global markets...

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