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Covid-19: Why buying time was vital

100 000 tests. 600 000 people screened. And an increase in daily tests to 30 000 — inside what the state is doing with the time the lockdown bought

Not enough Covid-19 food parcels

Northern Cape residents who receive social grants say they’re being excluding from receiving food assistance packages

Still no plan for schools to go back

Learners and teachers are keen to get back to class as government tries to find a workable solution

Behind the Covid-19 spiral in the Eastern Cape

‘Port St Johns and Port Elizabeth funerals are the cause of rising numbers,’ says the department of health

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

READ IT IN FULL: Final amended lockdown rules

Read the amended national lockdown regulations

Fighting Covid-19: The rise of the premiers

While the president takes charge of the national effort against Covid-19, provincial premiers are using the crisis to show they too a leading from the front

Pick n Pay workers lose their jobs for ‘striking’ during the lockdown

A group of workers have been dismissed, but they insist they never embarked on industrial action in the first place

Watch it again: National command council briefing on lockdown extension

Ministers Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Ronald Lamola will brief the nation on regulations pertaining to the extension of the lockdown

Pandemic gives us a last chance to avert climate – and social – catastrophe

As Covid-19 upends life, it has taught us critical lessons and offers an opening to confront other crises. Political will is required, of course

Inside Strandfontein: Cape Town’s Covid-19 homeless site

The City’s Covid-19 homeless site has been criticised for being inadequate to shelter the most vulnerable from the Coronavirus storm, while drug addicts say they’re being left to suffer due to inadequate medical attention

Africa’s Covid-19 response should focus on people’s needs — and rights

The Covid-19 outbreak should not be used as an occasion to diminish human rights, but as an opportunity to reaffirm them

The Covid-19 pandemic is not an excuse to trample on human rights

By violating basic human rights, governments risk inflicting a double tragedy on their most vulnerable populations

Human lives matter more than education, but humans can still learn

The lockdown has exposed gross inequalities in education and society, but also gives us the opportunity to find new solutions

Effective communication from leadership is essential during a crisis

So far, the minister of health can be commended on his visible, open approach to keeping in touch with citizens during the pandemic

South Africa’s invisible majority: Women feeding hungry families

Sit up, take notice and get angry that a third of South African households have R120 or less a person a week for food, let alone nutritious food

With no nutritional reserves, Covid-19 will push people over the edge

With South Africa under lockdown, many South Africans are hungry — and very soon persistent hunger will dramatically increase malnutrition

Alexandra’s black market for booze under lockdown

Underground liquor has a long history in South Africa. Its next chapter is being written under the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown

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