Fani Titi knows how to solve problems. With a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of California Berkeley, and two decades of creating companies such as Kagiso Trust Investments, Titi — who was born to farm labourers in the 1960s — knows a thing or two about altering your trajectory.

And yet, as the country was burning last week, with thieves ripping off a blood bank live on TV at the precise moment that President Cyril Ramaphosa was "condemning" the looting, the government barely lifted the phone to speak to the business sector. Instead, the day after Ramaphosa’s speech, we saw thieves in cars, gridlocked outside a Massmart distribution centre, waiting their turn to plunder...

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