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Herman Mashaba: Silence in the face of our looming economic disaster

2020-04-07 17:41

The crippling effects of lockdown on our economy are most obvious. It is already having a severe impact on businesses, both big and small. Herman Mashaba believes the country needs to put the economy on top of our agenda, along with healthcare, during this period.

ANALYSIS: What will happen if Cyril Ramaphosa, like Boris Johnson, is felled by Covid-19?

2020-04-07 14:30

Deputy President David Mabuza will become acting president if President Cyril Ramaphosa falls ill to the coronavirus, like British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has done. His ascension to the top job could change the country's whole political dynamic, writes Pieter du Toit.

Ralph Mathekga: Ending SA's Covid-19 lockdown too soon 'will be a death warrant for many'

2020-04-07 13:04

If we succeed in containing the virus in the 21-day period, the only way for us to protect the gains we would have made, is to retain some restrictions while relaxing others, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Mandy Wiener: On baking banana bread, drawing rainbows and missing live sport

2020-04-07 06:10

The entire concept of lockdown is that we are fighting this thing together in a combined effort. It is teamwork, for a common goal, writes Mandy Wiener.

OPINION: Brave health practitioners deserve our honour for their sacrifices to curb the Covid-19

2020-04-05 10:00

In the coming weeks and months, thousands if not millions of healthcare workers will find themselves under more pressure, as they are called upon to help us navigate issues of healthcare access as the virus bites, writes Anna Mokgokong.

OPINION: Extrusion - one of the solutions for the looming humanitarian food crisis during Covid-19

2020-04-05 06:00

We are already experiencing a humanitarian food crisis due to Covid-19. It is therefore important that private-public partnerships be established to feed the people of South Africa and Africa, writes LJ Grobler and Theo Venter.

 

 

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Daniel Silke: Can Covid-19 be a catalyst for political change?

2020-04-07 12:22

The Covid-19 crisis can be a catalyst for political change that unlocks a new way of doing business in South Africa. But it requires a real and tangible change of habits, writes Daniel Silke.

Dan Kriek: We need to monitor food security as closely as our health

2020-04-05 13:28

The Covid-19 pandemic will accentuate levels of inequality in society in ways we have not anticipated, unless we start paying closer attention to food security among the poorest of the poor, writes former Agri-SA president Dan Kriek.

OPINION: A time to rise like lions in the battle against Covid-19

2020-04-04 11:00

South Africa stands on the brink of a possible explosion of Covid infections. This is the time for us to put all our differences aside and focus on defeating the pandemic, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.

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OPINION | South Africa vulnerable to those looking to use Covid-19 to spread hate and fear

2020-04-03 14:30

In these days of doubt and anxiety, it is important not to let fear fuel our distrust of outsiders. And we must be careful of those peddling distrust of foreigners for their own selfish ends, writes Steven Gordon.

Friday Briefing | Ramaphosa and the convergence of three crises: Poor governance, a weak economy and Covid-19

2020-04-03 06:00

In this week’s Friday Briefing Pieter du Toit scrutinises and shows how the Zuma years are catching up with us now; Helena Wasserman looks at the surprising ways in which South Africa’s economy will shape up and Alex van den Heever, makes a sobering assessment of how we have dealt with Covid-19 so far.

ANALYSIS | Bitter harvest: How the Zuma years are catching up with South Africa in the time of Covid-19

2020-04-03 06:00

A decade ago, South Africa deftly negotiated the global financial crisis thanks to good governance and effective decision-making. But the spread of Covid-19 has exposed the country, and sees the convergence of three major crises for President Cyril Ramaphosa, writes Pieter du Toit.

ANALYSIS | Covid-19: Where are we? The clock is ticking and failure is not an option

2020-04-03 06:00

To put it in a nutshell, therefore, government has two weeks to define a post-lockdown strategy that works. What this requires is a full-scale prevention strategy, at whatever cost, which is able to co-exist with a re-opening of the economy, writes Alex van den Heever.

OPINION | Covid-19: People in informal settlements continue to show great resilience

2020-04-02 15:16

Going forward, the government needs to view its resource allocation for basic service provision in informal settlements. It should use the coronavirus as a moment to awaken to future outbreaks of a similar kind, writes Qhamani Tshazi

OPINION | Beijing to Rome: South Africans share their lockdown experiences far from home

2020-04-02 12:52

From Beijing to Rome to South Korea, Wesley Seale, Casper Strydom, Inge Odendaal and Judy Philander, give us an insight into their lives in lockdown in a foreign country.

OPINION: Army, police may help stop the spread of Covid-19, but we must stay watchful of Big Brother

2020-04-01 15:44

It is the responsibility of each person to remain watchful over their governments; to not be overly distracted by the pandemic to the point where legislation that further advances governments' powers are simply accepted, writes Danielle Hoffmeester.

Herman Mashaba: What kind of South Africa will arise from our current crises?

2020-04-01 12:19

Our government will need to prove to its people, and the world, that it is serious about rooting out the theft of public funds. The turnaround of our economy needs this statement of intent, writes Herman Mashaba.

Sello Hatang: May we rise to the challenge

2020-04-01 10:44

We see the things which remind us that our society carries deep pain, damage and dysfunction which manifests destructively at times like these, writes Sello Hatang.

Advocacy: New privacy rules for Covid-19 tracking a step in the right direction, but …

2020-04-04 06:00

The new rules are no doubt an improvement, and credit is due to those officials who saw the need for tighter regulations and made it happen. But proper implementation is vital, writes writes Murray Hunter and Cherese Thakur.

OPINION: Fear and policing in the time of Covid-19

2020-04-03 13:38

A major area of concern is that the oversight bodies that were created in the 1990s in an effort to protect South Africans from abuses by the security forces are overwhelmed, understaffed or are not operating due to the lockdown, writes Guy Lamb.

OPINION | Covid-19 - A rejoinder: the case for a tailored approach

2020-04-03 12:41

The nationwide lockdown does a lot of good in its effort to help flatten the curve, and preventing further stress of an already stressed healthcare system, but it does have unintended consequences, writes Hloni Bookholane.

ANALYSIS: The surprising ways corona will change SA’s economy forever

2020-04-03 06:00

Whether the pandemic, and the massive job losses will help focus the minds of civil servants amid government’s crucial bid to reduce its wage bill, remains to be seen, writes Helena Wasserman.

António Guterres: All hands on deck to fight a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic

2020-04-02 20:18

Ending the pandemic everywhere is both a moral imperative and a matter of enlightened self-interest. At this unusual moment, we cannot resort to the usual tools, writes António Guterres.

OPINION: Four reasons to be hopeful about South Africa’s coronavirus testing plan

2020-04-02 10:10

In a grim news cycle, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s announcement yesterday that the country is evaluating rapid tests for the new coronavirus is something to celebrate, writes writes Mosa Moshabela and Richard Lessells.

Mbhazima Shilowa: In the most unusual of times, Treasury's business as usual approach baffles

2020-04-02 06:00

We are headed for a recession for a longer period unless we take drastic measures to, on the one hand, deal with the pandemic, while, on the other, trying to prevent the economy from collapse, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.

OPINION | April Fool's Day 2020: Covid-19 is no joke

2020-04-01 14:35

There are a few words that I have tried to stop using as frequently as I have been. "Unprecedented" sits at the top of the list. Because the reality is that we are forging forward in uncharted seas, writes Howard Feldman.

OPINION | Unicef: Covid-19 - children once again find themselves on the frontline

2020-04-01 13:56

Covid-19 has killed more than 40 000 people worldwide, though just a handful of these are thought to be children. Why is it then that children are suddenly suffering? And what can parents and governments do to help? James Elder explains.

Melanie Verwoerd | Lockdown Day 6: We are all grieving

2020-04-01 06:00

One thing we know for sure is that this fearful plague will not last forever and when it is all over, those of us who survive will inevitably find some form of meaning in it, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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