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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 | 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: 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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

Mondli Makhanya: Will we emerge as a new nation?

2020-03-31 12:41

When we meet again after this traumatic period of disease, death, isolation and no football, will we go back to our tired old debates and enmities, or will we focus on engineering an ambitious future as a 21st-century nation? asks Mondli Makhanya.

Ralph Mathekga: Ramaphosa's decisiveness on Covid-19 should extend to the economy

2020-03-31 10:23

The crisis induced real fear in our politics and society and removed consensus as a requirement for decision-making, paving the way for Ramaphosa to lead with less obstruction, writes Ralph Mathekga.

OPINION: Why a one-size-fits-all approach to Covid-19 could have lethal consequences

2020-03-30 12:19

Suppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot of elderly people. Policy B would result in the death of a lot of children, especially infants, writes Alex Broadbent and Benjamin T H Smart.

Cyril Ramaphosa | A lesson from Wuhan repatriates: lockdown works

2020-03-30 08:24

It is now abundantly clear that the most effective way for a society to contain the spread of the disease is for the population to remain at home and physically isolated from each other for at least several weeks, writes President Cyril Ramaphosa.

OPINION | Panic buying is herd behaviour not in the interest of social good

2020-03-28 06:00

In some instances, when it comes to matters for social good, herd behaviour can be a powerful force. When used for selfishness, all you’re left with is a smug sense of entitlement and an overstocked cupboard, writes Charlene Naidoo.

OPINION | Coronavirus: regional operations centres key to stopping the spread

2020-03-27 16:18

A regional operational centre will also bear great results in updating healthcare worker availability in correlation to patient demand and thus be at the disposal of the office of the Minister on command and regional assistance, writes Naledi Chirwa.

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.

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: 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.

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.

OPINION | Covid-19: The more drastic the measures will need to become, the more our rights will be curtailed

2020-03-31 08:00

Declaring a state of emergency signals an exceptional situation. We are condoning the use of extensive executive powers, within the confines of the Constitution, to contain and address the situation, writes Elmien du Plessis.

OPINION: The virus doesn't move people, people move it

2020-03-30 11:06

The coronavirus is uniquely efficient in infecting people, so if the disease spreads in our communities, containment will no longer be realistic, and we’ll all be worse off, writes Anna Mokgokong.

Adriaan Basson: Ngiyabonga South Africa, well done for locking down!

2020-03-30 06:00

The one positive aspect of this, even if some of the reading is quite depressing, is that it focuses the mind that we will get through this. There will be life on the other side of Covid-19, writes Adriaan Basson.

OPINION | Let's seize this Covid-19 moment: our way of life demands a reset

2020-03-27 17:35

The Covid-19 moment is an opportunity for young people to stand up and claim the future we tell them they are inheriting. This is the moment to re-shape the world for their children, writes Helga Jansen-Daugbjerg.

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.

Melanie Verwoerd | Day 1: How to survive the Covid-19 lockdown

2020-03-27 07:00

There is definitely light at the end of this tunnel. The only question is how long this tunnel will be in South Africa. That will depend on how cooperative we all are in the next three weeks, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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