ANALYSIS: SA should top up child support grants to avoid a humanitarian crisis
To support precarious households that are unable to access existing relief during this lockdown and its aftermath, the South African government should implement a temporary increase – a “top-up” – in the value of the existing child support grant.
ANALYSIS: The world before this coronavirus and after cannot be the same
We must avoid the mistakes made throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries by undertaking fundamental reforms to ensure that we never again face the threat of pandemics.
ANALYSIS: COVID-19 tests: How they work and what’s in development
What tests are being used by health officials, how much do they really cost and what developments are there to come?
ANALYSIS: Reality of COVID-19's exponential growth shows SA’s lockdown is right
As a computer scientist who also works in bioinformatics, I’m very familiar with exponential growth, it’s clear to me that President Ramaphosa has done the right thing, writes Philip Machanick.
ANALYSIS: TB, HIV and COVID-19: urgent questions as 3 epidemics collide
Speculation based on the behaviour of other viruses and chronic illnesses raises concerns that HIV and TB patients may have a higher risk of developing severe disease.
ANALYSIS: COVID-19: Could the cure be worse than the disease for SA?
There are reasons to believe the promulgated measures announced by President Ramaphosa may be excessive and premature, writes Seán Mfundza Muller.
Coronavirus self-isolation: A psychologist explains how to avoid cabin fever
When people are stuck indoors for long periods of time, they can report getting “cabin fever” or feel like they are going “stir crazy”.
ANALYSIS: Coronavirus: 10 reasons why you ought not to panic
It would be wrong to say there is good news coming out of COVID-19, but there is cause for optimism; reasons to think there may be ways to contain and defeat the virus. And lessons to learn for the future.
ANALYSIS: Coronavirus: How big, how bad, and what to look out for
What percentage of people who get the virus are dying from it? Is this high compared with other infectious diseases? Is the reaction overblown?
What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?
It's a matter of scale, writes Rebecca SB Fischer.
ANALYSIS: Yes, washing our hands really can help curb the spread of coronavirus
The cynics ask if preventing the spread of the virus can really be as simple as washing our hands.
ANALYSIS: Bringing al-Bashir to justice: the pros and cons of various options
After Omar al-Bashir was ousted as the leader of Sudan, the country's new ruling Sovereign Council of Sudan said that it would hand him over to the ICC. But it seems that other options are now being considered. Michelle Nel looks at the options.
ANALYSIS: Why SA’s white leaders shouldn’t get into comparative politics of sin
Despite the apology from former president FW de Klerk, we are left with the impression that he remains insensitive to the feelings of the mass of South Africans. He is simply out of touch.
ANALYSIS: Why it’s important to study coronaviruses in African bats
Evidence points to a possible initial spill over of the coronavirus into humans and other animals in an animal market in Wuhan in China.
ANALYSIS: African countries paying too much for debt, not borrowing too much
African governments are issuing and listing their Eurobonds on established international debt markets – usually London and Irish Stock Exchanges.
ANALYSIS: The politics behind South Africa’s property clause amendment
The proposed amendment to the Constitution represents a critical juncture in South African constitutional politics.
ANALYSIS: What connects Shaka Zulu, decolonisation & mathematical models?
Decolonising mathematical sciences is possible. The answer lies in rediscovering existing African examples of teaching maths and including them in the Western body of knowledge.
ANALYSIS: Why a Wits academic got a radio ad banned
Gender stereotyping might be funny, but it's no joke. A public health professor explains why she took action against everyday sexism when she heard it in a radio advert.