Philip Machanick

Philip Machanick is an associate professor of computer science at Rhodes University

Covid logic beats ‘irrational’ human logic

The virus will lose if the government and high-profile people communicate effectively the reasons for restrictions and the compromises that have been made

Unpacking the myths and misunderstandings in the Covid-19 vacuum

The basics of epidemiology will help explain why some of the believable but incorrect propositions about the pandemic are wrong.

Rid the infrastructure spend of patronage in the post-Covid-19 reconstruction

This can be done by making the project’s 30% of the budget for local broad-based black economic empowerment a separate budget to break the feedback loop that greases the wheels of patronage.

Trump awakes human decency

The US leader’s outrageous rule and overt bigotry roused the white middle class from indifference

Electoral reform allowing independent candidates is long overdue

In implementing the Constitutional Court’s recent ruling, legislators will need to rethink the closed list system

Covid-19: Free the evidence

Governments need to provide the modelling and data informing the strategy to control the spread of the novel coronavirus

Eskom: South Africa can learn from Australia’s mistakes before it too burns

The current restructuring plan for the state-owned entity won’t solve its problems, but there is a way to make the power utility work successfully

Makana municipal mess up has lessons for local government

Citizen action, where diverse groups work together, offers hope that municipalities can be forced to do their job properly

How China could solve its Hong Kong problem

The way university management handled the #FeesMustFall demonstrations offers some lessons for the Beijing administration

Rhodes must stop treating rapists like victims

The university senate is fighting over the limited execution of a limited sexual violence strategy

Mr Ramaphosa, this is how to get the country working

Address the clear shortcomings at the local government level, starting with simplification, accountability and an appropriate workforce

It’s time to get real about free higher education

As a country with a developing economy, why are we so obsessed with university?

Press Releases

Debt management amid Covid-19 and beyond

This webinar on Debt Management, sponsored by Debt Rescue, had its experts share a practical approach to debt management amid this crisis and beyond

NSTF-South32 Awards

All of the awards are made for outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa

The benefits of being a GEMS member

The scheme offers comprehensive and affordable healthcare options to all public service employees and greater access to better healthcare

The evolution of South Africa’s savings culture

A common misconception is that you need a lot of money to start saving, but this is simply not true – you can start with R50

Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

How to tell if you have a hidden contact centre in your business

The important thing to remember is that a contact centre is defined less by the physical space it occupies and more by the customer experience it delivers

Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

The similarities between the HIV epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic are hard to ignore – the most obvious is the level of premature deaths caused by both

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