ANALYSIS: How SA can balance control of COVID-19 and avoid economic disaster
South Africa's management of the COVID-19 pandemic must now shift from a centrally regulated approach to one that enables participation and compliance by communities, workers and businesses.
ANALYSIS: How a post-COVID-19 revival could kickstart Africa’s free trade area
Africa is more vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19 because it is highly dependent on imports for its medicinal and pharmaceutical products and on commodity exports.
ANALYSIS: COVID-19 exposes underbelly of SA’s education system
The inequalities in South Africa's education are systematically being exposed at a scale not experienced before.
A tricky legacy: How Fela lives on in pop stars like Wizkid and Wyclef
The Afrobeat pioneer has steered many of our current pop stars in a very specific direction.
ANALYSIS: What is the rule of law & why does it matter in lockdown?
The court says people need to be able to trust the government to abide by the rule of law, make rational regulations, and not intrude on the rights of those subject to the law.
ANALYSIS: Why easing the lockdown could put workers in SA at risk
Compliance with occupational health and safety requirements is already poor and few inspections of workplaces are being done.
Lessons from Sierra Leone’s Ebola pandemic's impact of school closures on girls
What the consequences of school closures during Africa's 'longest, largest and deadliest' Ebola outbreak can teach the continent.
ANALYSIS: How youth and technology can drive Africa's COVID-19 response
The current pandemic response in Africa should tap into youth who are full of innovative ideas that could disrupt traditional thinking and modes of addressing diseases.
ANALYSIS: This is why economic policy remains hotly contested in South Africa
A new book sheds new light on the evolution of the economic policy of the African National Congress, South Africa's governing party.
RESEARCH CHECK: Does nicotine protect us against coronavirus?
What can we make of a recent paper which examined smoking rates among COVID-19 patients in a French hospital and hypothesised that smoking might make people less susceptible to COVID-19 infection?
ANALYSIS: Why more must be done to fight bogus COVID-19 cure claims
Authorities around the world can do more to ensure that correct information and messages on the pandemic reach everybody.
ANALYSIS: Pentecostals and the spiritual war against coronavirus in Africa
Framing the fight against coronavirus as a spiritual war may stem from a shared sense of discomfort about an adversary without discernible conscience; an impersonal demon.
ANALYSIS: Our COVID-19 strategy needs updating: here’s why and how
South Africa should base its COVID-19 mitigation strategy on the premise that the pandemic will last for two years unless a vaccine is developed before then.
ANALYSIS: COVID-19 has blown away the ‘First’ & ‘Third’ world competence myth
For Anglophone Africans, it is doubly interesting that two of the greatest failures in handling COVID-19 are former coloniser, Britain, and the English-speaking superpower, the US, writes Steven Friedman.
ANALYSIS: Exploitation changes leopard behaviour with long-term genetic costs
If left unregulated, the unsustainable exploitation of leopards will have severe ecological and evolutionary costs.
ANALYSIS: Could BCG, a 100-year-old vaccine for TB, protect against coronavirus?
A vaccine historically used to prevent tuberculosis is now among the contenders for a COVID-19 vaccine. So what is the BCG vaccine and why might it work against coronavirus?
ANALYSIS: COVID-19 highlights SA’s need for local level social data
The social impacts of the coronavirus will leave a legacy long after the virus itself.
ANALYSIS: Lockdown riles black & white South Africans: is this a reset moment?
It is remarkable how quickly South Africans have lost the sense of camaraderie and support for a strong leader, and begun to complain rather about crypto-fascist authoritarianism.