It is almost two years to the day that President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his inaugural state of the nation address (Sona). It has been a trying two years for South Africans. Unemployment is at its highest ever — nearly 40% of South Africans are unemployed according to the expanded definition; this in a country which has long been counted among the most unequal societies in the world.

Economic growth is dismal, load-shedding is the norm, corruption allegations have long lost their shock value, government debt is rising, and South Africans are becoming poorer...

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