Janu-worry — an apt way to describe the tepid performance of various South African asset classes last month. And asset values seem to have gone in the same direction as last year: downwards.

Amid global geopolitical turmoil — with conflicts in Ukraine, Gaza and the key Red Sea shipping zone — the South African government isn’t doing much to improve domestic investment sentiment. The ports are a shambles, local government infrastructure is on the brink of collapse and power outages stifle meaningful growth and fixed capital investment...

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