A post-pandemic world is unlikely to focus on meeting need over human greed

1 July 2020, 2:25 PM
How often has it been said that ‘the world will never be the same again after the COVID-19 pandemic’? If so, the question is, how might it change? Might it not change much at all? The questions have given rise to speculative debate, with optimists and pessimists offering their predictions.
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Sudanese soldiers secure the area as Sudan's ex-president Omar al-Bashir leaves the office of the anti-corruption prosecutor.
Why the African Union has failed to ‘silence the gun’ 30 June 2020, 4:23 PM

Seven years ago African leaders committed themselves to working towards an end to armed conflict. As they marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the African Union they swore to ensure lasting peace on the continent.

Think vitamin D deficiency is not common in Africa? Think again 29 June 2020, 2:51 PM

The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, and the number of diseases associated with it, seems to be increasing worldwide. Africa is known to have a huge burden of disease, but little is known about the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency.

Open letter to Chief Justice Mogoeng on his utterances on Israel 28 June 2020, 4:08 PM

Mr. Chief Justice. We have had a long relationship and have always been candid with each other. It is with a heavy heart that I give you my opinion.

Prepare for difficult times ahead, BLSA tells SOE Council in an open letter 25 June 2020, 6:22 PM

In an open letter to the State-Owned Enterprises Council, appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has warned of the tough task ahead.

US sanctions against the ICC undermines international cooperation 25 June 2020, 1:45 PM

The US has dared the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate its role in allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan. Washington’s threat to the ICC wasn’t hollow.

South Africa should help keep aid flowing to desperate Syrians 25 June 2020, 6:52 AM

South Africa will soon have a chance to use its UN Security Council seat to show that when it comes to Syria, it is fulfilling Nelson Mandela’s hope that “human rights will be the light that guides our foreign policy,” write Dewa Mavhinga and Louis Charbonneau.

Mboweni’s budget takes no steps to address SA’s debt : Analyst 24 June 2020, 7:43 PM

Institute of Race Relations Deputy Head of Policy Research, Hermann Pretorius, says Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget speech takes no steps to address South Africa’s debt.

How racism complicates Black parenting 24 June 2020, 9:24 AM

Racism is an all-encompassing factor in Black people’s lives. Experiences of racism can start very early in childhood, so Black parents have to manage their children’s encounters with racism.

The coping mechanisms the DRC is putting in place as it faces Ebola, measles and COVID-19 24 June 2020, 9:11 AM

Ebola, a viral haemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates, has become endemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The country has had 10 outbreaks in 40 years and has recently declared the 11th. Now the DRC is facing the COVID-19 pandemic, with 4,637 confirmed cases and 101 deaths as at 13 June 2020.

A look at global changes in refugee policies through the lens of Dadaab 20 June 2020, 11:18 AM

Two initiatives passed by the UN in 2016 changed the landscape for policies towards refugees. These were the Global Compact on Refugees and the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework.

women holding placards
Eradicating GBV, femicide requires collective societal efforts 19 June 2020, 6:14 PM

Genoeg is genoeg!! (Enough is enough). These words reverberated among the community of Eersterust, Tshwane when I visited the De Kock family earlier this week following the gruesome killing of their beloved daughter, sister and mother- Evelyn.

COVID-19 is underscoring the vulnerable lives of Kenya’s artisanal gemstone miners 19 June 2020, 11:38 AM

In a country like Kenya, artisanal and small-scale mining represents a significant proportion of gemstone mining. Taita Taveta County is the largest producer of gemstones, with artisanal and small-scale mining accounting for over 60% of its annual production. Gemstone mining is a source of employment and an important foreign exchange earner for both the national and county governments.

Refugee crisis: SA can lead by example 18 June 2020, 7:04 PM

Due to extreme conditions dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's World Refugee Day under the theme “Every Action Counts” will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the state of refugees, writes Mpho Tsedu. 

African countries need to seize opportunities created by US-China tensions 17 June 2020, 1:28 PM

African countries need to seize opportunities created by US-China tensions Shutterstock Mzukisi Qobo, University of the Witwatersrand and Mjumo Mzyece, University of the Witwatersrand The unfolding US-China power rivalry bears a striking resemblance to the tensions between the US and the Soviet bloc during the Cold War years. Back then, African countries were positioned like […]

Decade-long study shows why South Africa needs to stop stereotyping young black men 16 June 2020, 2:49 PM

South Africa’s Youth Day celebration on the 16th of June, just after my birthday on the 15th, remained a special day in my life as a young black man writes Malose Langa, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand.

So you think investing in fever screening can curb the spread of COVID-19? Think again 15 June 2020, 3:04 PM

As lockdowns are lifted, procedures are being put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Along with physical distancing, hand sanitisation and wearing of masks, fever screening is increasingly being set up as a requirement before entry is allowed into hospitals, shops, workplaces and schools. But there are physiological and clinical reasons why fever screening simply won’t work.

Who has been hit hardest by South Africa’s lockdown? 12 June 2020, 2:48 PM

In trying to limit the spread of COVID-19, policymakers globally have the difficult task of balancing the positive health effects of lockdowns against their economic costs, particularly the burdens lockdowns impose on low-income and food-insecure households. In the case of South Africa, the lockdown policies are relatively stringent, and the economic impacts large.

Minneapolis’ ‘long, hot summer’ of ’67 – and the parallels to today’s protests over police brutality 7 June 2020, 7:24 AM

The scene was intense. Black residents of Minneapolis angered over an incident of police brutality fought with officers in the streets and set buildings ablaze. Many were injured; dozens were arrested. Eventually the National Guard, called in to patrol the streets, ordered black citizens back into their homes. This may sound a lot like a scene from the past week, but it’s actually a flashback to 1967, when African Americans took to the streets of north Minneapolis after a series of abuses that, like today, culminated in days of unrest.

Controlling COVID-19 will carry devastating economic cost for developing countries 7 June 2020, 6:42 AM

Many African countries quickly closed their borders and imposed lockdown. This meant that, until the beginning of May, no African country had more than 10 000 people affected, with South Africa, Egypt, Morocco or Algeria being the hardest hit.

Under petulant President Trump, America is on a rapid fall from grace 4 June 2020, 9:30 AM

The recent brutal murder of African-American George Floyd bears the hallmarks of South Africa’s heinous apartheid past when virtually every black man in this country was a corpse waiting to be confirmed by the police, writes Abbey Makoe.

What Kenya must look out for before easing COVID-19 restrictions 3 June 2020, 2:57 PM

Kenya’s initial response to COVID-19 was highly praised as effective in suppressing the spread of infections. There is cautious optimism as the country prepares for reopening of schools and economy due to a daily spike in cases and fatalities, writes Dr. Mark Nanyingi of the University of Liverpool.

Dubious remedies will not decolonise Africa 2 June 2020, 12:48 PM

So-called African solutions that are often uncritically accepted as ‘good’ do nothing for the continent, writes William Gumede.

A look at the Repo Rate cut and its effect on households 29 May 2020, 2:40 PM

A week ago the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) sliced its key repo rate by 50bps to 3.75% during its May meeting.

After COVID-19, Africa can build back better 27 May 2020, 2:19 PM

We mourn the lives of the people we have lost and recognize the sorrow and burden of families and loved ones they have left behind. Life, as we have known it, has changed in unimaginable ways, writes Amina J. Mohammed.

President Cyril Ramaphosa
From The Desk of The President 25 May 2020, 1:46 PM

This Africa Day we are reminded once again that the solutions to Africa’s problems, be they overcoming disease or eradicating poverty and underdevelopment, reside within Africa itself, writes President Cyril Ramaphosa in his weekly From The Desk of The President.

OPINION: Supporting Africa’s Agribusiness will avert a food crisis 14 May 2020, 2:50 PM

 In Kenya’s coastal Mombasa County, Mercy Mghanga reminisces about her past, not so long ago she sold tons of fish to five-star hotels in the tourist town and exported the rest to China.

Money
OPINION: The stimulus package is welcome, but… 13 May 2020, 3:02 PM

With or without favourable loan instruments, the most important question we should all be concerned with is whether or not the stimulus package will really stimulate economy, writes Alex Mabunda, CEO of Ntiyiso Consulting.

Coronavirus
‘With COVID-19, we are all in harm’s way’ 13 May 2020, 6:40 AM

COVID-19 has truly humbled the entire universe.  Already, it sounds like a cliché, yet the pandemic only befell the world not so long ago.

As the lockdown is gradually eased, life will slowly return: Ramaphosa 11 May 2020, 10:04 AM

Since the beginning of May, when we began the gradual easing of the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown, many people have started returning to work.

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa lauds SA for adhering to lockdown regulations 4 May 2020, 12:39 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has applauded all citizens who have adhered to all regulations since the commencement of the nation wide lockdown.