Ever since the global financial crisis of 2008, the world's advanced economies, which led the way into the mess, have struggled to get back to their pre-predicament performances.

The South African economy showed uneasy growth in 2013, slipping to just 0.7% in the third quarter on an annualised basis. But the signs are pointing to a modest recovery in 2014 in the domestic and global economies. But it is not yet time to celebrate.
Read the full analysis by Adrian Saville on the Mail & Guardian business section.