President Cyril Ramaphosa famously characterised the period under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, as nine wasted years. Sadly, South Africa is not the only country going through a sustained season of anomie. Our entire continent is in trouble, and quick, effective solutions are needed.

Last week, the World Bank said Africa is in danger of going through a “lost decade” unless we “urgently achieve stability, increase growth and create jobs”...

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