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The crippling second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is officially underway in South Africa, characterised by full hospitals in both public and private healthcare, and high daily “confirmed cases” and deaths. Daily recorded cases are averaging anything between 15 000 and 20 000, while the daily death average is between 400 and 600.  The minister...
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Because he lives with his 84-year-old father and 75-year-old mother, Zimbabwean farmer Paul Mtisi and his family decided to be proactive to prevent Covid-19 from reaching their home. But despite their best efforts, seven people in his household ended up catching the virus during the festive season. His mother’s brother had succumbed to the virus...
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The grim reality of a second wave of Covid-19 infections in KwaZulu-Natal is perhaps best summarised by one of the province’s biggest undertakers. “We are swamped. We are exhausted,” said Nomfundo Mcoyi, whose staff at Icebolethu Funerals are frantically trying to manage the ghastly surge in business. “Normally, we handle 150 to 200 burials around...
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COMMENT As the sun set on 2020, a year primarily defined by the Covid-19 pandemic, all segments of society in Africa have been affected. Some areas suffered more than others, but none have been spared.   In the democracy and good governance space, analysts, civil society groups, donors, and implementers worried that the onset of the...
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has used the ANC’s annual January 8 statement to renew the party’s commitment to fighting both the Covid-19 pandemic and the corruption deeply rooted within its ranks and the state. Addressing party members and supporters using virtual platforms, Ramaphosa committed the party to a path of organisational renewal, which he said was...
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 Jean Debouche is not “against” vaccines. In fact, the 80-year-old says he is among the first in line to get the flu shot every year. But when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine, the retired truck driver says there is no way he will be getting inoculated, even if he is eligible. “We don’t know...
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COMMENT Recently Jacinda Ardern declared a climate emergency, sending a signal to the world that leaders need to be on a “war footing” to tackle global challenges.  Similarly, she steered her country effectively through the Covid-19 crisis.  The final common pathway for tackling inter-linked global challenges is leadership. Power, politics and policy have long been...
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This webinar was sponsored by the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS). Guest speakers included Dr Stan Moloabi, Principal Officer at GEMS; Prof Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology: University of Witwatersrand (Wits); Director: MRC Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA); DST/NRF South African Research Chair: Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Co-director African Leadership in Vaccinology...
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Throughout history, people have faced pandemics: the bubonic plague, smallpox, influenza, HIV and now Covid-19. Pandemics affect people of every creed, colour and class. But they do not affect everyone equally. These health crises expose the ugly fault lines within our societies. Inequality, marginalisation, poverty and other human rights barriers to healthcare dictate who gets...
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COMMENT When President Cyril Ramaphosa called a “family meeting” on 11 November, fear of a second wave of Covid-19 infections and a return to a hard lockdown mounted. Europe, which peaked a few months before South Africa, was seeing record numbers of infections. Would we be next? And would we again climb the fantastical ladder...
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