Analysis

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

Anarchy rules at home affairs

It is unwise to entrust our fingerprints, biographical details and legislative authority to a syndicate of delinquent government officials

Containing Covid-19: SA must learn from the mistakes of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic

In 1918, 6% of the population died from the Spanish flu.This could have been avoided had soldiers returning from World War I been strictly quarantined

Audit Act introduces steps to prevent wasteful, unethical ‘loss’ of public money

The lack of accountability and consequences for deviant behaviour by government officials allowed the misuse of taxpayers’ money

Why Soweto residents do not owe Eskom R18-billion

This debt should be deemed a subsidy, an external cost that the government must bear for inadequate service delivery.

Climate change is fuelling social tensions and conflict

Governments need to understand how environmental conditions affect migration and economy

Africa’s youth must continue the struggle of great leaders

Our continent is not just united geographically, but also by our shared experiences and we should use that to build a bright future

A new continental free trade agreement is here: But what about the regional economic communities?

The agreement could go beyond economics towards the political unification of Africa
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