Philip Machanick

Students, we will need your critical thinking after the Covid-19 hard reset

Economically disadvantaged students suffer most from disrupted education, but they also have the most to contribute to lessening inequality when we build the new normal

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

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