Mboweni must stare down South Africa’s ugly fiscal vista or get a change of scenery

The country is building a mountain of debt that is much less scenic than the finance minister’s idyllic hideout

You will encounter an incredible scenery and weather pattern change on the drive from Polokwane past the small town of Haenertsburg to Tzaneen, along Route 71.  One minute you are passing the historic University of the North at Turfloop, the next you are in Zion City Moria – site of the biggest church in Africa. As you drive on, you will pass endless sun-scorched villages where dry watering holes are a recurring nightmare for herders and their livestock. Ten minutes later the landscape changes so dramatically it’s almost like entering another country. On the steep approach to the Magobaskloof mountain range, the sunny weather gives way to a thick of layer of cloudy mist that contrives with green lush forests to reduce visibility to a few metres. This is a place where flowing water is in such rich abundance upper-class Gautengers in 4x4s go trout fishing on weekends...

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