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Analysis

The tobacco sales ban is a giant stimulus package for organised crime

We should learn from history that prohibitions tend not to work, even if the intention is good

Connected economy is a strength

The global nature of modern trade is a vulnerability, but it will also be a valuable tool to aid in our recovery

Blessed peace under lockdown

I’ve silenced the Bible Thumper and dumped social media drivel but physical distancing, an art the deputy prez has mastered, is tricky

Army and police violence spurs racial tensions

With the Covid-19 pandemic exposing many structural cleavages and spurring racial tensions, it is likely that the post-pandemic South Africa will encounter new challenges and setbacks on the road to reconciliation

Hunger is as big a threat as Covid

For the many that rely on pension grants, Sassa’s seemingly simple date change has severe ramifications

Ramaphosa misses chance to create a better climate future

Ramaphosa missed the chance to get even more out of his big moment

Richard Calland: A lifetime chance for a future we want

Leaders need to grapple with the wicked problem of how to ease out of the lockdown

Covid-19: Police abuses reveal systemic flaws

The decision to rely on the police and army to enforce the lockdown was correct, but security force actions show both the weaknesses of the state and of systems for establishing social order

Nature thrives in our distancing during the lockdown

In the past few weeks, nature has expanded into the spaces we have ceded by going into isolation

Meaty matters plague me

The days roll into one another as I work the phone to feed the news machine. I’d like to be fed too . . . but my butcher betrayed me

Southern Africa has cracked down on fake news, but may have gone too far

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Eswatini, South Africa and Zimbabwe have implemented new rules on disinformation. But these may have unintended consequences

Spliffs down, scrubs up

It’s time to shut up, listen, think about the effect of your words and actions and continue washing like a madman

Paddy Harper: What’s with whities and bog roll?

Covid-19 is playing havoc with my life and mind — no hanging out in the pub and the genetically determined run on white gold

Coronavirus: What lies ahead?

The coronavirus pandemic places moral, economic, and political questions before us. Only two answers remain: socialism or barbarism

Richard Calland: Covid-19 can have positive outcomes

Democracy and social welfare may get a boost and blind capitalism may see that it’s unsustainable

Inner-city raids: criminal police conduct violates residents’ privacy and dignity

Residents of 11 buildings in Johannesburg have challenged the constitutionality of the raids they were subjected to in the high court

Eusebius McKaiser: Certain views about Covid-19’s global trajectory are anti-poor and anti-human

This is no time to snigger at the high rates of coronavirus in the Global North. We could be just as hard hit — and it is poor people who will suffer the most

Develop the Advanced Manufacturing Institute to increase SA’s competitiveness

The institute should develop products that are applicable to different industries, such as 3D-imaging and self-driving cars
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