The problem with this country is not that we have loads of bad news; it’s that it’s so hard to get to the good news. Too many distractions. I was sitting there last week, grinning away, looking at a newspaper headline that said our economic prospects were great. "IMF predicts higher growth for SA," it said. I was well pleased. As I was about to delve into the story my radio informed me that the former president of the republic had just had a baby with a 24-year-old. I mean, really? The man is 76. My interest is not salacious. I am amazed that as the economy plunged to new lows last year former president Jacob Zuma was playing the field. No-one was concentrating on what really matters — jobs and more jobs. But I soldiered on with the good news despite this rude interference. I learnt that the IMF says the SA economy will strengthen to 1.5% in 2018 and 1.7% in 2019. That’s a terrible figure, but it’s an improvement on where we would have been with Zuma in charge. I predict we will go ...

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