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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.
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
The post Covid-19 world order must appreciate that the new reality is that "when any country sneezes, the whole world can catch a cold," writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
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.
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.
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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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.
We are trying to avoid loss of life during this difficult period and it is imperative that the security cluster join the nation in that goal, writes Mmusi Maimane.
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.
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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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.
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.
Trust in institutions of governance is perhaps more important now in this time of crisis, when our rights are constrained, writes Lawson Naidoo.
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.
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.
Beyond the physical well-being of our medical staff, we also need to worry about how they are going to get through the next few weeks as cases are expected to surge, writes Mandy Wiener.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Immigration is crucial for every nation’s prosperity. South Africa needs immigrants to bolster innovation and to address the skills shortages it’s battling with. writes Phumlani M. Majozi.
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.
Disease-specific programmes can only be effective with the support of a health system that allows provision for basic, day-to-day health requirements, writes Zamanzima Mazibuko.
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.
Current generations of South Africans are inheritors of a proud national history whose many inspiring moments should be our guiding stars in these dark times, writes Xola Pakati.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is now discovering the convergence of three crises all at once and his government has little firepower to do anything about it, writes Pieter du Toit.
The state's first move to use phone tracking to fight Covid-19 lacks key details and safeguards against abuse, writes Murray Hunter.
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.
It is now up to us to create a vision of getting to the other side of the crisis. We have been given the tools to overcome this by being constantly informed, writes Kriyanka Moodley.
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.
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.
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.
To most South Africans, digital or remote learning is as much as an oxymoron as the idea of "physical" or "social distancing" in overcrowded townships, writes Nuraan Davids.
Without being reckless and irresponsible, we will remain your eyes, ears and voice on the streets of South Africa over the next three weeks, Adriaan Basson.
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.
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.
How do we sell art without art fairs? How does an actor get paid for an online performance? How does one sell poetry per click? asks Joost Bosland.
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