Mixed signals

2008-04-03 00:00

Yesterday’s issue of this newspaper placed in an intriguing juxtaposition two contrasting articles about the state of this country’s economy. First, there was Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s jubilation over the latest achievement of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) in collecting a record amount of tax for the year ending March 31. On the opposite page was the account of street vendors in this city trying to make a living by selling simple meals to taxi commuters and struggling to cope with increases in the prices of basic foodstuff.

Manuel can sit in his current conference in Addis Ababa feeling, in his words, “like the cat who’s had all the cream”. On the ground at home many of the mice are far from happy or content.

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