MAIL & GUARDIAN: Coronavirus

Teacher union to join Cosatu strike over ‘uncaring employer’

Sadtu has accused the state of being an “uncaring employer” for failing to pay salary increases due two years ago

Testing sewage: The Covid canary in our wastewater

Local scientists are using wastewater-based epidemiology to trace the SARS-CoV-2 virus in South Africa’s sewage system, which could act as an early warning system for outbreaks of Covid-19, as well as other diseases

October 7 strike: ‘Lukewarm’ action amid Covid-19 crisis?

After months of little action, the planned nationwide stayaway may not be an impressive show of force by the trade union movement

Farmworkers’ children forgotten

They have been unable to return to their school in North West because the hostel is closed

Citizens bear Covid’s economic scars

Data released this week is evidence of the scale of the financial and humanitarian crisis South Africa faces

Four big hospitals in Gauteng fail to observe Covid-19 health protocols

This week the M&G visited four big hospitals in Gauteng — and none of them were adhering to safety standards to minimise and prevent the spread of the coronavirus

WHO’s flawed vaccine plan means well

Drug companies can be forced to ‘help’ competitors when it’s in the public interest. The WHO seeks a similar strategy for a Covid vaccine

Covid-19 jobs unlikely to bounce back

Evidence suggests that job losses triggered by the lockdown may be long lasting

‘Lockdown quarter’ sees jobs bloodbath

The decline in employment has been accompanied by a larger increase in economic inactivity, resulting in a 42% expanded unemployment rate

Q&A Sessions: Mari Stimie and opera’s next act

The producer spoke to Cayleigh Bright on the day the Cape Town Opera returned to rehearsals after almost six months of lockdown about the future-proof transcendence, resilience and relatability of opera

Compassion fatigue is normal during abnormal times

We understand why we become blunted to the suffering of others when we are exposed to too much of it, but we must guard against moral apathy

Emergency hospital: Gauteng’s potential R500-million albatross

Construction of an emergency Covid-19 hospital is running months behind deadline, promising to come online only after Gauteng’s peak

SA must fix its ‘dop system’

The Covid-19 lockdown has exposed the effects of South Africa’s weak alcohol regulations. Government and health campaigners want tougher policies, but the liquor giants are pushing back

Why insurance firms’ earnings are down

Covid-19 has hit the insurance industry especially hard

Debt rises as virus eats paycheques

Heavily indebted, South Africans turn to loan sharks rather than banks for short-term relief, while business resists borrowing from banks due to economic uncertainty

SA’s level best: Welcome to the new normal

It’s a lifestyle that South Africans will have to maintain as the country navigates an almost post-lockdown situation in which the coronavirus remains very alive and active

Eusebius McKaiser: Why the bullshit curfew is seriously dangerous

Anti-democratic creep sets in when the state feels no need to explain its irrational decisions. Is that the type of state we want to live in?

Level one loading: Almost back to normal

President Cyril Ramaphosa announces South Africa will move to level one of lockdown on September 20 after nearly six months of restrictions on movement, trade, learning and socialising

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