The problem is that when general policy failure happens, it is unjustifiable to conclude that the general policy failures are caused by affirmative action, writes Ralph Mathekga.
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When President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams minister of communications last year, there were many howls of protest and sighs of disappointment in the sector.
The nation expects decisive leadership from President Cyril Ramaphosa on a range of issues, including the fight against Covid-19 and holding his Cabinet to account, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
South Africans have become used to ministers and government officials behaving with impunity. It's part of convention and the culture which became so prevalent over the last decade. President Cyril Ramaphosa's rebuke of Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams though signals a clear departure from those norms, writes Pieter du Toit.
If we get through this lockdown with our sanity, our family and relationships intact, then we have something to pat ourselves on the back about, writes Howard Feldman.
This deadly virus is forcing all of us to take a breath and to slow down, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, or "StellaRated", as she is known on Twitter, needs to be disciplined by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Going to dinner parties while the rest of South Africa is under a three-week lockdown undermines his whole effort to get citizens behind his national effort to curb the coronavirus, writes Pieter du Toit.
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Carpenters have a dictum that is very applicable to modern day journalism in the age of social media – and, unfortunately, too often not applied diligently in my profession: "Measure twice, cut once", writes George Claasen.
The national lockdown and its after-effects will impoverish people who are already living below the breadline, writes video journalist Wesley Fester.
Whether President Cyril Ramaphosa decides to end or extend the lockdown, the price could be just as high for South Africa and its people, writes Adriaan Basson.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Timidity, complacency and reticence in a time of crisis are enemies that, left unchecked, will ravage us far deeper and longer than even the virus itself, writes John Steenhuisen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to the emergence of Covid-19, new approaches in education, awareness, and social-media nudges have proven to be effective in hand washing engagement, writes Rich Mkhondo.
The country needs a Public Protector who protects the public from corruption and maladministration and it needs one as soon as Covid-19 passes and Parliament reconvenes, writes Serjeant at the Bar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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