Analysis

Silence in Johannesburg: 21 pics capturing how a virus forced a boisterous and brash city indoors

2020-03-27 17:40

On Friday, Johannesburg, the city established along the main gold reef on the Witwatersrand, the city that built South Africa and the city that remains at the centre of commerce and industry, went silent. This is a record of Day 1 of the national lockdown in the country's most important city.

Deon Meyer: Imagining a post-apocalyptic, post-virus world

2020-03-27 11:00

Coronavirus? Covid-19? Internationally acclaimed and award-winning South African fiction writer Deon Meyer has seen this before ... well, technically. His book 'Fever', published in 2017, imagines the world after a devastating virus sweeps through it, killing millions of people. He explains how he researched a post-virus world.

ANALYSIS: How the state will take control of our lives, and why it must be kept in check

2020-03-26 15:40

South Africans, Covid-19 or not, cannot simply and blithely forfeit their freedoms and liberties to the state without questioning every detail of how and what the state is going to do with it, writes Pieter du Toit.

FIRST TAKE: The night Cyril Ramaphosa became a wartime president

2020-03-23 22:26

On Monday night President Cyril Ramaphosa became a wartime president. He showed South Africans that the only way home is to unite around a single purpose - to defeat the Covid-19 disease, writes Pieter du Toit.

Force majeure: How Covid-19 could shape Cyril Ramaphosa's presidency

2020-03-22 07:20

The arrival of a new coronavirus to our shores called Covid-19 could not have come at a worse time for President Cyril Ramaphosa. His presidency might well be defined by how he handles this crisis, writes Pieter du Toit.

 

 

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Friday Briefing | How Covid-19 will change South Africa and the world’s economy forever

2020-03-27 06:00

In this week’s Friday Briefing, economist Thabi Leoka argues that now is the time for the private sector to step up; politics and international affairs analyst Phumlani M. Majozi reflects on the importance of effective border controls; and academics Sean Gossel and Athol Williams argue for the building of a social cohesion in these trying times.

ANALYSIS: First 20 days into SA’s battle against Covid-19 marked with fear and nonchalance

2020-03-26 11:31

Looking back over the first 20 days of South Africa's attempts to halt the spread of Covid-19, shows a nation changed from watching a crisis from afar, to being gripped with fear and uncertainty, writes Kyle Cowan.

ANALYSIS: Could the Covid-19 crisis offer us a window of opportunity to build social cohesion?

2020-03-27 06:00

A national disaster declared on top of a technical recession and a stand-off between the ANC and its alliance partners means that we can expect the SA economy will remain in a downward cycle for the foreseeable future – our only hope lies in building social cohesion in the face of crisis, writes Sean Gossel and Athol Williams.

Friday Briefing | A country in shutdown: Covid and Corona

2020-03-20 06:00

In this week’s Friday Briefing, Wits professor Alex van den Heever, Sport24’s chief writer Rob Houwing, Channel24 editor Herman Eloff and interim DA leader John Steenhuisen, look at how the coronavirus is shaping the present and future of all of our lives.

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ANALYSIS | Silencing the applause: culture and entertainment in the time of a virus

2020-03-20 06:00

Fewer and fewer people will be risking their lives by venturing outside their homes as they stream entertainment from the comfort of their couches while blissfully unaware that those behind their favourite shows are going through a crippling time, writes Herman Eloff.

ANALYSIS: We can only defeat Covid-19 and save our economy if we flip the script

2020-03-20 06:00

if the governing party again fails to stand up to these narrow and destructive interests to protect the well-being of South Africans, it will potentially condemn hundreds of thousands of people to preventable deaths and destroy thousands of jobs and businesses, writes John Steenhuisen.

ANALYSIS | Ramaphosa and Roosevelt: Overcoming fear the key to a great national effort

2020-03-16 06:00

Clearly drawing from former US president Franklin Roosevelt's famous speech about fear in 1933, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered arguably his best address to the country on Sunday night, attempting to calm frayed nerves and calling on a sense of national unity to combat the dreaded Covid-19 coronavirus, writes Pieter du Toit.

ANALYSIS | Serjeant at the Bar: the Mkhwebane judgment asks some serious questions of MPs

2020-03-13 06:00

If this was the only judgment against the Public Protector's reports, one might be entitled to consider that this was an aberration. Sadly, this is not the first time that a court has made a similar finding, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

ANALYSIS | Insurgent or independent: The many lives of Busisiwe Mkhwebane

2020-03-13 06:00

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been handed a series of damning court judgments, she has been accused of sloppy investigative reports and suspected of maintaining dubious political alliances. She has become an active political player. So, the question is: Why is she here, and what does she want? reports Sarah Evans and Kyle Cowan.

ANALYSIS: The end of the sports season ... and what comes next

2020-03-20 06:00

The eerie time is upon us … a complete absence of frontline, live sport over a weekend. How will it, and its devotees, emerge? Rob Houwing explores.

ANALYSIS | Covid-19: What the smart countries do ... and we don't

2020-03-20 06:00

We need a plan and action, not warnings of our impending doom. The actions pursued also need to do more than just shut South Africa down, writes Alex van den Heever.

FIRST TAKE | Stoic and sombre Ramaphosa puts SA on war-footing against Covid-19

2020-03-15 21:52

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement to a scared and spooked country was delivered with strength, intelligence and poise. He signaled his determination to take command of a situation which a couple of weeks ago never seemed as dangerous as it is turning out to be.

Friday Briefing | Insurgent or independent: the many lives of Busisiwe Mkhwebane

2020-03-13 06:00

In this week’s Friday Briefing investigative reporters Sarah Evans and Kyle Cowan track her career – including a very close relationship with the intelligence community – and attempt to answer the question: why is Mkhwebane here, and what does she want?

ANALYSIS: Let’s hope what's right does matter to two-thirds of the members of the National Assembly

2020-03-13 06:00

She wields constitutionally protected power to safeguard our democracy. It was not for nothing that the Constitutional Court likened the Public Protector to a biblical David who takes on the powerful Goliaths in public office, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

ANALYSIS: Mkhwebane’s latest legal Isandlwana is the prelude to her end

2020-03-13 06:00

The courts found that she doesn’t understand the law, she fails to act rationally and ignores evidence. And these findings are compounded by the SARB and Estina judgments. Her position is untenable, and she cannot survive, writes Pieter du Toit.

Friday Briefing | Adrift and dangerous: The sorry state of South Africa’s opposition parties

2020-03-06 06:00

In this week's edition, political strategist Paul Boughey argues that it is evident that the established political players are not up to the task. It is hard to disagree with this assessment. Analyst Phumlani M. Majozi warns that if the DA does not get its act together, he foresees a national government made up of an ANC-EFF coalition - a scenario, he says, will be the worst possible outcome for South Africa.

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