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.
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.
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.
Multimedia · User Galleries · News in Pictures
Send us your pictures · Send us your stories
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.
We have you covered.
There's an app for that
Tranquil and completely off-the-grid with not a soul for miles.
Here's how to cope
90 'Day Fiancé' follows several newly engaged couples.
Cape Town's art rhinos have two messages to convey this week.
We find out more.
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.
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.
Looking back at the past 28 years, I (and everyone who was affected by any violence, injustice or pain) have survived and living in a country that, as a child, I never thought could exist, writes Nthabi Nhlapo.
When we talk about the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it should not only relate to its benefits for commerce, but also for the communities that sustain commercial entities, writes Jaynisha Patel.
The coronavirus isn’t going away anytime soon, and the way our leaders handle it and the way the nation responds, will be revelatory for generations to come, writes Rich Mkhondo.
Going forward, if Ramaphosa acts any less than this to any other crisis facing the country, then he is not a leader worth the title, writes Oliver Dickson.
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.
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.
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.
The impact of coronavirus has put South Africans to the tests, writes President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's is a crisis moment not only for the government, but also for communities who must now learn to live apart when they feel they need each other more than before, writes Ralph Mathekga.
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.
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.
It strengthens the hand of the media to counter often dangerous quackery, as the many sudden "cures" and "solutions" by quacks and charlatans to prevent Covid-19 or to heal those who are ill, testify, writes George Claassen.
Having been accused of lethargy early on in his term, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reaction to the Covid-19 crisis has been remarkable and perfect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Western CapeWork In China R20 000.00 - R45 000.00 Per Month
Western CapeTechnology Specific cc t/a MVCR10 450.00 Per Month
Cape TownE-Merge IT RecruitmentR600.00 - R650.00 Per Hour
Apartments / Flats
R 1 750 000
R 2 950 000
Apartments / Flats
R 9 950 000
We subscribe to the Press Code.
You choose what you want
News24 on Android
Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.
Terms and Conditions
24.com Terms and Conditions - Updated April 2012
Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.
This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.