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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 | 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.

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.

 

 

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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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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.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela: Beware the coronavirus threats to our Constitution

2020-03-26 09:07

What the constitutional and legal provisions sought to prevent - rampant collusion, excessive pricing, corruption and general rogue market conduct among private sector players - could prove costly to the public, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Dan Kriek: Panic buying is irrational behaviour and even more so in a food secure South Africa

2020-03-24 09:11

The agricultural sector might very well emerge as a star performer to economic growth figures in what seems to be an extremely challenging year that lies ahead of us, writes Dan Kriek.

Mandy Wiener: Pride, praise and gratitude for Ramaphosa - but daily updates please

2020-03-24 06:00

It would be a good idea for government to let us hear from the scientists and not the politicians. We need to hear from those experts - the epidemiologists and doctors that are advising the politicians, writes Mandy Wiener.

OPINION | Covid-19: During a crisis, transparent, regular and clear communication is a responsibility

2020-03-23 14:49

With every communication-related faux pas, the more anxious citizens become. News of new cases, and developments in general, should come from the government directly with a great use of digital platforms, writes Mabine Seabe.

Melanie Verwoerd | My family got Covid-19: What we have learnt in the past week

2020-03-23 07:00

Having lived with Covid-19 in my house for more than a week, I have learned a lot. How each one of us behaves in the next few weeks will determine if and to what extent we will still have an economy, social cohesion and peace once this epidemic is over, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

OPINION: Love in the time of Covid-19

2020-03-22 07:00

We have to learn to be in touch without actually touching; to "hold hands" at a distance, to be in solidarity without being in close bodily proximity, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.

OPINION | Human Rights Day: Sharpeville at 60 - will we ever overpower apartheid’s ghosts?

2020-03-21 07:00

There are moments when I believe we are still not listening to each other; almost as if we never learn. It is not only the older generation that have to listen to each other, we also have to listen to the millennials, writes Leon Wessels.

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.

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.

Mbhazima Shilowa | Countdown to midnight: let's hope we all comply

2020-03-26 06:00

In many parts of the world that are under lockdown, the behaviour of citizens, the speed with which governments moved to ensure testing and quarantining of those who are positive, the provision of relief measures including compensation for loss of earnings to workers and companies, especially small businesses, have helped reduce infections, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.

OPINION | Covid-19: Working from home - today’s notes

2020-03-25 12:48

Remote working, agile working, or working from home, the next few weeks is set to challenge us all. It will test working relationships, romantic connections and inter-generational ones, writes Howard Feldman.

OPINION: Youth climate activists call for countrywide community support in response to Covid-19 crisis

2020-03-24 17:11

President Ramaphosa’s firm response to the COVID-19 crisis has inspired the youth. However, with existing inequalities, the lasting effects of spatial apartheid planning and high rates of TB, HIV, poverty and malnutrition in South Africa, those who can, must step up to prevent the worst through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, writes Kate Birch, Gabriel Klaasen, Sairusha Govindsamy and Nick Ford.

Herman Mashaba: We are behind you Mr President, lead us

2020-03-24 12:55

It is my deepest hope in these times, and against the backdrop of the strong leadership shown to date, that President Ramaphosa will break free of the shackles of factions within the ANC and start getting real about corruption, writes Herman Mashaba.

OPINION | Covid-19: What sort of South Africa do you want to see post-pandemic?

2020-03-23 13:52

Responses designed and updated now must include sustainable long-term solutions to problems that existed before Covid-19, including issues of GBV, refugee and asylum seeker rights, education and poverty, writes Mienke Steytler.

Adriaan Basson: Will a state of emergency wake up the Covid-19 denialists among us?

2020-03-23 06:00

Our numbers are growing and despite the best efforts of the government to control the outbreak of Covid-19, it will be up to South Africans to decide the extent of the public health crisis we will face when thousands of citizens suddenly need oxygen, writes Adriaan Basson.

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.

OPINION: Don’t take good-quality drinking water for granted

2020-03-22 08:00

While we continue to look for innovative solutions through partnerships between universities, research institutes and companies, it is essential that public perception over water quality changes, writes Gideon Wolfaardt & Marlene de Witt.

William Gumede: 'Stand for your values; even if you stand alone'

2020-03-21 08:00

Self-worth should not be defined by material success, ostentatious displays of wealth and bling. Neither is success about being superior to others, writes William Gumede.

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.

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