Please, Cyril, no more talk shops – you need to act to fix SA

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Please, Cyril, no more talk shops – you need to act to fix SA

He’s gathered yet another committee of advisers, but the same problems continue to blight our beautiful country

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One of the advantages of living outside of SA for a while is that it reminds you just how wonderful this country can be. For most of us who are middle or upper class, life is as good as or better – from infrastructure to schools to quality of life – than most developed countries.

At the same time the experience of being outside the country illuminates just what a master SA is at dragging its feet and at failing to deal decisively with the problems we have. We are world champions in discussing, then ignoring, and finally fiddling while the most pressing problems of our time worsen.

On Friday, for example, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he had appointed his Economic Advisory Council to deal “with developing economic policies to help rejuvenate the embattled SA economy”, according to one report. This august body starts its work on October 1...

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