Take a big red pen and mark Friday October 30 down in your calendar. It is the last day for South Africans to comment on a draft bill by the Gauteng government calling for foreigners without permanent residency status to be banned from running businesses in certain townships in the province.

How a bill that is so manifestly dumb, self-defeating, immature and useless was even drafted boggles the mind. We are in the middle of an economic slide of unimaginable proportions, and the Gauteng government thinks that people who are starting businesses that serve South Africans are a problem. This is moronic...

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