When Malusi Gigaba stood before parliament as finance minister on February 21 2018 to deliver the budget speech, he said: “We have the opportunity to achieve faster and more inclusive growth, to create jobs for our people and a better life for all South Africans.” 

He gave a list of positives to help achieve this “better life”: a favourable global economic outlook, improved prices for our exports, a stronger rand, a favourable inflation outlook, business-government partnerships to prevent further ratings downgrades, improving business and consumer confidence...

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