Today the rubber meets the road. The much-awaited May 8 poll has come and gone. Now we get to live with our decisions. Not just for today, but for five long years. Ensconced in their comfortable seats, their mandates in hand, the people South Africans voted for are now about to govern — or continue the misgovernance of the past 10 years. It is worth recalling the words of John Adams, the second president of the US (1797-1801), who wrote in a letter that "when annual elections end, there slavery begins". He wasn’t quite right, but we all know what our choices in 2009 and 2014 led us to: last month the International Monetary Fund lowered our projected GDP growth rate for 2019 from 1.4% to 1.2%. PODCAST: VF+ wins over DA's constituency In March, SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago said the Bank expected SA’s GDP growth for 2019 to average 1.3%, down from its January projection of 1.7%.You don’t have to travel far to find the culprit.Fly to King Shaka airport in KwaZulu-Natal, ren...

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