Since 2009, SA has been sliding downwards into a swamp of low growth marked by rising unemployment and social discontent. This series of handpicked graphs tells an eloquent story of what happened under former president Jacob Zuma, and what we’re likely to have to deal with under his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa. In the absence of any discernible growth policy — and the government’s inability to turn what little growth SA has had into rising living standards — unemployment, poverty and inequality are stuck at worrying levels. This is the biggest threat to SA’s future. The fact is, Ramaphosa has inherited a country that generates more unemployment than growth; a dysfunctional education system that entrenches inequality; and an economy that is no longer internationally competitive, bar a few exceptions like the automotive sector and tourism. His task is to break the cycle of disappointing growth, fiscal slippage and repeated credit-rating downgrades. The graphs captured here indicate tha...

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