Ann Crotty Writer-at-large

There’s a lot of it about, as my doctor used to tell me when I sought rescue from a deadly disease that turned out to be nothing more than a common flu bug. This time around it’s optimism. Maybe not a lot, but more than you’d think. And it’s not all down to Discovery’s Adrian Gore bullying people into optimism by reminding us of all the progress we’ve made. A week after Discovery’s high-profile leadership summit in Gauteng, the vast majority of attendees at a small gathering of investors in Cape Town put up their hands when asked if they were optimistic about the future of SA. It was a surprising response. Surprising not because it was a sophisticated audience and it’s often considered sophisticated to be pessimistic and have gloomy expectations of the world, but because the same audience had just indicated it was not optimistic about the future of the world or of the financial sector. And yet it was enthusiastically optimistic about SA’s future. This does indicate, as Gore suspects...

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