Like so many FM readers, last week I reached for my stash of Scotch and poured myself a triple. I have a strong constitution, but I was shaken.

I was reading the magazine and saw the latest story by my talented colleague Claire Bisseker, about the quarterly GDP numbers: "The horror, the horror: SA’s record GDP plunge (". The article went further: "The second-quarter contraction is SA’s biggest on record, and will hit the country’s faltering confidence."..

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