You can hardly pick up a newspaper today without reading something about SA’s wealthiest man, Christo Wiese. That’s probably to be expected, given the R16bn listing this week of Steinhoff’s African arm, Star, or the machinations at Shoprite this year. But it is his message in Shoprite’s annual report, released last week, that deserves to be repeated often, and widely. Wiese says that at the heart of SA’s problems lie rampant unemployment and poor education. He points, particularly, to an unemployment rate of 38.6% among those aged between 15 and 34 years old.

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