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Of course there are naysayers. I see them all the time. They are on social media, in print and even on television. They read this fine column and repair to their own miserable meals at inconsequential eateries.
"Malala doesn’t really write about food," they mutter. "He is really a politics writer masquerading as a food writer."
They are a bit like the Cyril Ramaphosa naysayers. Steadily and methodically, the man and his team torpedo a Jacob Zuma acolyte every week.
Yet listen to some of our "analysts" and you would think Ramaphosa is sitting on his hands. Change things faster, they scream. Send Zuma to jail. Grow the economy by 7%. Take the currency to R5 to the dollar.
As if it can be done just like that. Turning this country around is going to take some serious work, people. And some serious time. And some patience and belief that Ramaphosa and the good people of SA can turn things around. It needs us to believe again.
So I hope you will believe me when I say that the reason food ...
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