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Sabelo Mtantato

Basic education is failing the economy

A second-class system for the majority poor population entrenches social and economic inequality

SA’s ‘welfare state’ is in trouble

The government has to make tough decisions about social grants in the face of poor economic performance

Investment barriers are problem No 1

Foreign direct investment is vital for economic growth

The drivers behind fuel price hikes

Ways to cushion the knock-on effects, to protect the poor in particular, must – and can – be found

Saving is key to a healthy economy

Given this economic uncertainty, households should save during boom times so that they can survive during a recession

Smart thinking for fiscal balance

A mix of tax increases and expenditure cuts are essential for long-term growth

Funding focus should be lower-cost urban housing

Increasing housing delivery to address the demand is unlikely to be achieved any time soon given low economic growth and fiscal consolidation

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