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The government’s approach to post-Covid reconstruction is to draft a recovery strategy that builds on the areas of agreement between the ANC and Business for SA’s plans, especially where they align with reforms already embarked on.This is a sensible strategy and there are solid points of overlap. Everyone seems to agree that a joint infrastructure push, which draws in private sector skills and funding with a strong focus on green energy-related investments, is the place to start. There is also broad consensus that SA must improve the efficiency of all the network industries — energy, rail, water and telecoms — including by expediting digital migration and spectrum allocation to reduce data costs.Focusing on unblocking the barriers to regional integration to boost SA’s flow of exports into Africa is another no-brainer.But it is a huge leap from agreeing in principle to a few broad policy brushstrokes, to the assertion President Cyril Ramaphosa makes in his weekly newsletter that "we ...

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