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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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
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 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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