Friday Briefing | A country in shutdown: Covid and Corona

2020-03-20 06:00

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As the coronavirus continues to spread its pernicious (and deadly) tentacles far and wide, South Africans have been forced into a new way of having to go about their daily lives.

Self-quarantining, social distancing and working from home have become a lived reality for many, while many more have no choice but to continue using public transport as their livelihoods depend on being present at their places of employment.

We have had to take stock regarding our hand washing practices or lack thereof.

Fear abounds as (some) people panic buy despite numerous pleas not to – would be fair to say that they are among our least favourite South Africans at the minute.

In this week’s Friday Briefing, Wits professor Alex van den Heever takes a look at what has worked in combatting the pandemic elsewhere and questions whether we have the capacity to deal effectively with the virus if it spreads exponentially as has been the case with Italy.

Sport24’s chief writer Rob Houwing looks at the sports landscape and what starved fans could do during this uncertain time of postponed/cancelled matches and events.

Channel24 editor Herman Eloff urges us to spare a thought for those working in arts and entertainment as their livelihoods are under threat as the industry battens down the hatches.

Interim DA leader John Steenhuisen says it cannot be business as usual and called on the ANC to abandon its “narrow and destructive” interests so as to best serve South Africans.

Be safe.

Best, Yunus Kemp

Opinions Editor  

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

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

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

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

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

If the governing party again fails to stand up to 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


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