Ina Opperman
Business Journalist
6 minute read
23 Dec 2021
8:00 am

2021 – The year that totally crippled SA’s already limping economy

Ina Opperman

After the doom and gloom of 2020, 2021 showed us that no matter how bad things are, they can always get worse.

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A year ago, South Africans were under the impression that 2020 was one of the deadliest and costliest years in the country's history, with Covid-19 and 300 days of lockdown costing millions of jobs, economic growth, and billions in lost revenue from tourism and elsewhere. 2021 came and showed that no matter how bad things are, they could always get worse. Now, after 639 days of lockdown since president Cyril Ramaphosa first addressed the nation and declared the lockdown, it is clear that even those most cynical about the prospects of 2021 being a better year than 2020, couldn't have...