Philip Machanick

Russia has a fascism problem and it’s not Ukraine

Putin attacked Ukraine without a pretext (he created one later), which makes it a war of aggression and hence a war crime.

Why South Africa should care about Ukraine

Had the West implemented sanctions against the apartheid regime as effective as those Russia is now facing, the system would have collapsed in a week.

We need to go beyond the Electoral Amendment Bill and the ‘Lekota Bill’

The Electoral Amendment Bill will permit independents and the Lekota Bill proposes a constituency system.

Covid-19 in South Africa: Which approach should we take now?

The trick to tackling Covid-19 at this stage is to be adaptive. The government’s one-size-fits-all approach is broken; we need to be more flexible. But we should not throw away hard-won lessons

Makana citizens score in local government elections

The Makana Citizens Front won more votes than any other opposition party, giving residents a direct voice on the local council

New grouping promises the people of Makana shall govern

The Makana Citizens Front brings together diverse groups with a focus on accountability

Advocates for ivermectin use severely flawed data

If ivermectin had dramatic results in combating Covid-19, it should perform well in any well-conducted, unbiased scientific study, but this is not the case

On pounding the constitutional court over the local government elections

Far from an election being a more risky environment, ongoing anger without an election is more dangerous

Vaccine hesitancy is harmful

In a rebuttal to an opinion piece, Philip Machanick says while there is a distrust of Big Pharma and some medical bodies and research has been proven wrong, throwing out all of science and applying faulty arguments is not at all helpful

We have lost more than three years of life expectancy during the pandemic

Covid deniers and anti-vaxxers seem to want more excess deaths and a shorter life span


Those of us living in relatively comfortable homes may have been rattled and shaken up but the real deep problem in this country is inequality

What are the various Covid-19 vaccines being used in SA and how well do they work?

The vaccines being used to fight the pandemic take at least two weeks after inoculation to become effective — and nonpharmaceutical interventions remain crucial

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