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.
ANALYSIS: African nations are making masks mandatory: key questions answered
Wearing masks is being introduced in conjunction with maintaining a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres and following hygiene measures such as hand washing.
ANALYSIS: How SA can address digital inequalities in e-learning
COVID-19 has shown that technology is no longer a luxury but an important component of the education process. In presenting solutions, a wide range of factors must be considered.
ANALYSIS: Why SA needs to ensure income security beyond the pandemic
Economic distress was the norm for many before the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic is an opportunity to provide an economically secure future for all.
ANALYSIS: COVID-19 and why South Africa needs a wealth tax now
A wealth tax is in line with the recommendations recently made by the International Monetary Fund to equitably attain fiscal sustainability and better position the economy for post-COVID recovery.
ANALYSIS: Gaps in SA’s relief scheme leave some workers with no income
Some civil society organisations have highlighted how the COVID-19 relief scheme excludes the 3 million workers who are employed in the informal economy.
ANALYSIS: The big asks Africa needs to table with the IMF & World Bank
With the World Bank and IMF spring meetings due to take place this weekend, this is what the continent will need from it.
EXPLAINER: COVID-19 tax relief: a snapshot of what’s out there
Which tax relief ideas are the best? What are the various options and ideas that could be useful examples to policy makers, including those in South Africa?
ANALYSIS: Tough choices on who gets ICU access: the ethical principles in SA
For a population of around 59 million, the country has limited intensive care unit beds and ventilators. And supplies of personal protective equipment for health workers are sub-optimal
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?