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.
We are spending far more than we are earning: Ramaphosa 2 March 2020, 11:24 AM

The Budget presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni last week presents a sobering assessment of the state of our economy.

Budget 2020: A bitter sweet trade-off 27 February 2020, 10:44 AM

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget for the 2020/21 fiscal year was delivered at the backdrop of a synchronised global economic slowdown.

#Budget2020: ‘Substance over Bluster’ 24 February 2020, 4:25 PM

There is much riding on the contents of this week’s budget speech. Perhaps a little more this time because of a slide into full-blown “junk” status, which is a very clear and present danger, writes Busi Mavuso.

Mboweni might not please everyone in his #Budget2020 20 February 2020, 1:59 PM

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's budget speech may be one of the most important South African budget speeches of the past 20 years. Mboweni is under pressure to deliver bold reforms and to restore investor and business confidence, he may need to take some steps that will be unpopular with taxpayers and constituencies like the trade unions writes Yolandi Esterhuizen.

Apartheid denialism and our trauma: Father Michael Lapsley SSM 17 February 2020, 11:36 AM

Like millions of South Africans, I wanted to watch President Cyril Ramaphosa give his State of the Nation Address (SONA). 

Youth are a significant presence in the nation’s psyche and fabric: Ramaphosa 17 February 2020, 8:49 AM

Engaging with young people always leaves me energised.

Why FIFA’s reform proposals could damage African football 12 February 2020, 6:30 AM

FIFA has ended its 6-month management takeover of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). But the future of the game on the continent is still clouded with uncertainty.

Innocent Russian athletes are the ‘Grass that suffers when two elephants fight’ 10 February 2020, 5:21 AM

There are growing suggestions to accentuate levels of transparency in the long-running polarizing clashes between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA.

Motion of no confidence against Ramaphosa will not succeed: Mathekga 5 February 2020, 6:07 PM

Political Analyst Ralph Mathekga says the envisaged motion of no confidence submitted by the African Transformation Movement (ATM) to remove President Cyril Ramaphosa has no chance to succeed.

How does the Wuhan coronavirus cause severe illness? 4 February 2020, 2:30 PM

We usually think of viral respiratory infections, like the common cold, as mild nuisances that pass in a few days. But the Wuhan coronavirus has proven to be different. Of those infected, around 2% are reported to have died but the true mortality is unknown.

Plenty to be negotiated under Brexit deal: Expert 31 January 2020, 9:26 AM

International Relations Expert Professor Siphamandla Zondi says there is still a lot to be negotiated in the Brexit deal as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union after 47 years on Friday.

From the desk of the President: It takes a village to raise a child 27 January 2020, 10:18 AM

In his weekly letter, President Ramaphosa writes that tragedies that have led to the deaths of children can be brought to an end if everyone takes responsibility for raising South Africa's children.

School tech: Teachers explain what they need to make it work better 21 January 2020, 8:34 PM

At the start of each new year there’s a global flurry of excitement and attention around education’s new directions.

There’s a pressing need to build a capable state: President Ramaphosa 20 January 2020, 9:52 AM

President Ramaphosa writes that a capable state starts with the people who work in it, adding that officials and managers must possess the right financial and technical skills and other expertise.

South Africans unsure of what to expect in 2020 19 January 2020, 2:18 PM

To many South Africans, it would seem as if 2020 is likely to bring “more of the same” - drought, economic woes and a low growth rate, political uncertainty and squabbling within and between political parties, load shedding and concerns about unemployment.

Why Mosimane must not add more confusion to the already identity-less SA football 17 January 2020, 6:42 PM

The fact that Glen Hoddle left behind poor hybrids of himself, like Pitso Mosimane, who will, on his behalf, rebuke their own for being themselves is excruciatingly painful. But Mosimane obviously never thought that far before he made that comment hence the need to remind him, writes Sipho 'King K' Kekana.

Absence of arrests tells of the depth of refereeing corruption in the NFD and beyond 16 January 2020, 4:40 PM

For many years, allegations of corruption in South African football, and in the National First Division, in particular, have existed and as the fight for PSL promotion intensifies, the same issue of match-fixing is rearing its ugly head … AGAIN.

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe 16 January 2020, 5:40 AM

Ellen Fungisai Chipango, University of Johannesburg Zimbabwe’s economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the country’s population has access to electricity. The country has access to vast and diverse possible energy resources. These include about 12 billion metric tonnes of coal, hydro power potential concentrated along […]

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ANC January 8 statement brought policy uncertainty: Analyst 13 January 2020, 3:09 PM

Political analyst, Ralph Mathekga, says he does not believe the African National Congress' January 8 statement delivered any breakthroughs in political direction.

Ten years on from a devastating earthquake, Haiti still faces a crippling housing deficit 12 January 2020, 5:06 PM

Ten years ago, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake that killed over 200 000 people and destroyed 250 000 homes.

African National Congress celebrates 108 years since its formation 11 January 2020, 2:31 PM

African National Congress celebrates 108 years since its formation. Read ANC president January 8 Statement...

Considering the current challenges confronting cricket in SA 10 January 2020, 2:28 PM

The composition and leadership of both Cricket South Africa and the national cricket team, the Proteas, has been under much scrutiny in recent weeks.

Sluggish climate action may see warming do Russia more harm than good 10 January 2020, 2:28 PM

Russia's first plan to adapt to climate change is a tardy but much-needed acknowledgement of the risks and opportunities presented by global warming, although it lacks concrete action to address the increasingly evident threats, analysts said.

Ramaphosa still has a lot of work to do: Analyst 8 January 2020, 6:41 PM

Political analyst, Angelo Fick says ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has his work cut out when he addresses the party at its 108th birthday celebrations this weekend in the Northern Cape.

Aaron Motsoaledi’s rules on refugees pander to xenophobes and dictators 7 January 2020, 6:50 PM

Refugees in this country who admire the ANC’s fight in exile against apartheid, beware. If you try the same thing here, a government run by the ANC may throw you out, writes Steven Friedman.

Early modern humans cooked starchy food in SA 170 000 years ago: Study 7 January 2020, 5:02 PM

Early modern humans cooked starchy food in South Africa 170 000 years ago. The discovery also points to food being shared and the use of wooden digging sticks to extract the plants from the ground, reveals Wits University's study.

Why very few women go into politics in Mauritius 31 December 2019, 9:21 AM

Mauritius has held 11 general elections since independence. But the recent general elections highlighted one serious political failure that the country continues to grapple with: poor female representation, writes Ramola Ramtohul.

Christianity Today’s split with Trump highlights deeper issue in white evangelical America 29 December 2019, 7:24 PM

After evangelical publication Christianity Today published a blistering editorial on what it called Donald Trump's "grossly immoral character", some church leaders and the US president himself denounced the criticism as elitist and out-of-touch.

Recession, robots and rockets: another roaring 20s for world markets? 27 December 2019, 12:37 PM

Helicopter cash, climate crises, smart cities and the space economy -- investors have all those possibilities ahead as they enter the third decade of the 21st century.

A tumultuous year for SA cricket 25 December 2019, 1:06 PM

It's been a tumultuous year, to say the least, for South African cricket both on the playing field and in the boardroom and corridors of Cricket South Africa (CSA).