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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Former President Jacob Zuma.
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Michel Temer
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Lesetja Kganyago
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Former President Jacob Zuma
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Importance of declaring conflicts of interests 12 March 2018, 4:05 PM

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Unpacking the latest tax hikes in South Africa 26 February 2018, 8:39 AM

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Gigaba’s budget was nothing more than average: Expert 24 February 2018, 9:04 AM

The 2018 budget speech presented by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba as his maiden (and probably his last), was encouraging in many ways but so much so in the content than in the delivery itself. Sonorously, due to the cloud hanging over his shoulder, Gigaba didn’t bring his “A game” to present the heartening news to […]

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Somadoda Fikeni
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Former South African President Jacob Zuma
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