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Virtual world left out of policy on universities’ international collaboration

The pandemic has underlined the need for effective research, teaching and learning through virtual platforms regardless of travel restrictions

Covid-19 surges in the Eastern Cape

With people queuing for services, no water, lax enforcement of mask rules and plenty of partying, the virus is flourishing once again, and a quarter of the growth is in the Eastern Cape

Ramaphosa: We want investment pledges to translate into new jobs

To move out of South Africa’s economic funk, Ramaphosa is prioritising the materialisation of pledges made at the previous investment conferences.

Bye-bye, Don. But is this the end of Trumpism?

If it hadn’t been for Covid-19, Donald Trump might have won the presidential election. Almost 48% of voting Americans believe in his brand of democracy, equality and justice.

Greed won’t end the vaccine wars

In the race for a safe and effective vaccine, human rights and honesty should be prioritised above profits, say activists

South Africa must revisit and refresh its idea of itself

Covid has propelled citizens into feelings of a new shared identity in which the historical force of ‘whiteness’ is fading into irrelevance

Tax, wage bill, debt, pandemic: Mboweni’s tightrope budget policy statement

The finance minister has to close the jaws of the hippo and he’s likely to do this by tightening the country’s belt, again.

Q&A Sessions: ‘My north star is the patient’

Rhulani Nhlaniki is Pfizer’s cluster lead for sub-Saharan Africa. As Pfizer starts phase III of the clinical trial of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate, he tells Malaikah Bophela that if it is successful, the company will ensure the vaccine will be available to everyone who needs it

The wicked challenge of rethinking internationalisation in Southern Africa

The ability to innovate, and adaptability and flexibility will determine whether universities can advance internationalisation in the post-Covid-19 world

The cost of Covid: 25 years of progress, halted

Development has been set back by two decades, says the Gates Foundation Goalkeepers report

Debt-for-climate swaps are crucial for economic recovery in the developing world

COMMENT: Developing countries face a debt crisis that will only become worse as the Covid-19 pandemic continues, and massive debt relief will inevitably be necessary. The only question is whether it will be designed to address the even larger climate crisis

‘Jobs vs health’: What will shape public-health policies after Covid-19?

Comorbidities, particularly noncommunicable diseases have been put into the spotlight during the Covid-19 pandemic. How we approach preventing NCDs in the future will depend on how the effects of the coronavirus are framed

Msaki sings, and we heal

Msaki views her singing as a space from which to gather strength and courage

Cameroon is not learning the governance lessons offered by Covid-19

Citizens of Cameroon are unable to trust their government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, given cases of ministers flouting restrictions, as well as allegations of corruption. This does not bode well for state responses to future crises

Vital remittance flows plummet due to Covid-19 lockdown

Money sent home by migrant workers in South Africa fell about 80% in April after the hard lockdown was instituted

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