South Africa Is Stuck in a Rut of Rot and Rhetoric


As retrenchments and economic stagnation fast become the new normal, South Africa's political establishment is transfixed with talking about the country's problems. The political status quo has demonstrated an extreme phobia for implementation, which is desperately required as the country enters into economic free fall.

Talk is cheap, so they say. It can also prove to be a costly endeavour if that is the only thing you're good at doing. Since December 2017, or more precisely, February 2018, South Africa has been in an endless cycle of talking a good game. It has been wonderful to witness.

All the talk made for a nice break from the shenanigans we were forced to endure during the previous administration. It felt like a national group therapy session. The best description of that period would be to categorise it as a dream-like state. In that daydreaming phase, we got an opportunity to reset the national vision and articulate the future goals, which must be attained to achieve an optimal state of governance.

It seems to have worked, but only briefly.

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