In this file photo, Diepsloot residents queue for water after taps in the township ran dry. Poverty is likely to deepen as SA fails to meet its growth target — PICTURE: THE TIMES I could have been Thandi. This truth touched my heart as I concluded a conversation with Thabo (not his real name), an unemployed 33-year-old father of two, in Port Elizabeth’s New Brighton township last month. He spends his days turning to the sun, entertaining unending conversations about the past and the continuing nightmare of life under the faded South African rainbow. His life is similar to Thandi’s.Thandi is "born free" and a millennial, the population segment that should, under normal circumstances, be seen as a proverbial "light bulb in a dark room" due to their ability to drive consumer trends and, therefore, affect economics and politics in significant ways. But she is a barely educated, unemployed and unemployable 18-year-old, one of the pieces of the crumbling mosaic that is SA today. She is un...

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