OPINION | Coronavirus is our warning: Save South Africans, not ailing SOEs

2020-03-28 16:00

Government decisions on South African Airways can be considered a leading indicator of what its response will be to the double-crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic and the national debt-trap that will define much of the expected economic contraction over the coming year, says Gabriel Crouse

OPINION | How exemptions to the Competition Act help the fight against coronavirus

2020-03-27 16:17

Several players in the sector will not be in contravention of the Competition Act if they have to coordinate an emergency response to the imminent threat of Covid-19, says Prof. Nicola Theron.

Thabi Leoka | Counting the economic cost of the coronavirus

2020-03-26 16:26

Government has designed a number of interventions to cushion the blow of steps taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. But the economic cost of doing this - while undoubtedly less than the human cost of leaving it unchecked - remains staggering, says Thabi Leoka.

The carnage of corona

2020-03-26 10:21

As South Africa enters a three-week lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, government and the private sector are braced for the crippling consequences it will have on our already weak economy. But the measures being put in place can only do so much.

US senate, White House agree on $2 trillion stimulus plan

2020-03-25 10:37

US Congress and the Trump administration agree to plan to protect the economy from coronavirus containment measures.

Business bodies set up specialist task teams to help govt tackle coronavirus

2020-03-23 15:10

South African business bodies and lobby groups have set up specialised task teams to take on challenges ranging from supporting businesses to helping trace and monitor the outbreak.

These 4 charts show just how quickly Covid-19 decimated key US industries

2020-03-22 16:39

The virus initially dragged on the world's tourism and travel industries, harming revenue outlooks for hotel, airline, and cruise companies.

WATCH: Bank of England cuts rates to 0.1%, ramps up bond-buying

2020-03-20 11:37

The Bank of England cut interest rates to 0.1% on Thursday, its second emergency rate cut in just over a week, and promised £200 billion of bond purchases in a fresh attempt to shield Britain's economy from the coronavirus outbreak.

Small business to benefit from coronavirus relief fund

2020-03-19 21:51

A Debt Relief Fund is on the horizon to assist small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus, the Department of Small Business Development announced on Thursday.

OPINION: Young people continue to be ignored and are not a priority for government

2020-03-14 10:00

It can be said that young South Africans, which make up a very large part of the South African population, are not a priority for our government - we've seen young people play second fiddle when it comes to economic growth and other big issues such as safety, writes Sheilan Clarke.

 

African Development Bank issues world's biggest social bond in virus fight

2020-03-28 13:55

The African Development Bank said it issued the world’s biggest social bond yet by selling $3 billion of notes to fight the impact of the coronavirus on the continent.

ANALYSIS: Covid-19 reminds us of the importance of effective border controls

2020-03-27 06:00

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.

Stronger tomorrow than today

2020-03-26 10:34

Schalk Louw points out those fiscal and monetary measures that will likely soften the blow to South African consumers as the country navigates the current crisis.

WATCH | 'It's not rosy': Kenya's flowers rot amid virus slowdown

2020-03-25 17:51

On a Kenyan flower farm, workers stick to their daily schedule of cutting some of the world's finest roses.

Stocks, oil, and bitcoin plunge as US lawmakers fight over coronavirus rescue package

2020-03-23 15:31

"If affairs start to get out of control, the market sell-off will be profoundly uglier than any of the previous crises."

OPINION | Our way of life has needed a reset. Coronavirus might force it

2020-03-23 13:39

These are truly terrifying moments for humanity. But there's a chance for real change here, says Helga Jansen-Daugbjerg.

OPINION | Cut SAA bailout to fight coronavirus

2020-03-20 12:56

It is unthinkable that redundant SOEs like SAA will receive a bailout of R16.4 billion in the current circumstances, says Geordin Hill-Lewis.

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.

Thabi Leoka: We haven't done the unthinkable, and nobody shook the tree

2020-03-17 05:00

Ahead of the 2020 Budget, the finance minister's tweets suggested a major shakeup. But none came, says Thabi Leoka.

Justin Trudeau's wife has Covid-19. Experts explain the possible fallout if a world leader caught it

2020-03-13 11:05

Several experts weighed in on the social, political, and economic impacts of what would happen if a major world leader were to contract COVID-19.

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