As September runs into the sands, and with it National Prosecuting Authority investigating director Hermione Cronje’s assurance that she would lay a breakthrough state capture/corruption charge this month, there’s a strange battle plan being drawn up to get the economy, still in ICU, at least sitting up in bed.

So far it is all on paper. The latest draft of the social partners’ economic recovery action plan that I have seen is No 18. But if you cast your mind back to mid-Covid (Part 1) you’ll recall business and the ANC each working feverishly on economic recovery plans as companies and small businesses and jobs went rapidly down the Covid-19 lockdown plughole...

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