Just more than six months ago, South Africa adopted the hard lockdown aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19. The hard lockdown - classified according to levels of severity - has been a steep learning curve for all of us.
For younger citizens unfamiliar with the nature of state actions reminiscent of states of emergency, the experience was completely new. For a nation that prizes the type of liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, having to comply with limitations on mobility and curfews was a source of anxiety and frustration.
But as the bigger picture was all about preserving lives, the lockdown was grudgingly accepted as the way of life. For policymakers whose plans and strategies for managing a public healthcare crisis had remained hidden in reams of documents, unleashing and implementing them with a sense of urgency showed us which plans were fit for purpose, and which ones were ill-suited to the challenge of our times.