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Darlene Creamer

DRAMATIC DROP

18th September 2020 The steep contraction in South Africa’s second quarter gross domestic product – 51.2% when annualised and seasonally adjusted and 16.4% quarter on quarter – was not entirely unexpected in light of South Africa’s aggressive Covid-19 lockdown. Less certain, however, is whether there is a coherent... 

READY TO SPRING

11th September 2020 In a recent interview with Sunday Times, Hermione Cronje, who heads the National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigating Directorate, said that the first charges against high-profile individuals implicated in State capture should be made in September, which is Spring in South Africa. These charges... 

HACKING PANDEMIC

4th September 2020 South Africa was hit by a massive data breach in August after Experian, one of the country’s biggest credit bureaus, was hacked. Experian said the personal information details of as many as 24-million South Africans, and nearly 800 000 businesses, were “exposed to a suspected fraudster”. The... 

WAVES OF DESTRUCTION

28th August 2020 There may be much talk about a possible Covid-19 second wave, but there is now little doubt that we are in for wave upon wave of confidence-sapping load-shedding. With this scourge having been afflicting South Africa for over a decade and with the energy availability factor from Eskom’s... 

VACCINE RACE

21st August 2020 By naming its Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V, Russia did not even attempt to disguise the fact that it views the race for a vaccine as integral to its broader efforts to secure international prestige and a geopolitical edge. Cutting corners in the way it conducted the clinical trials is dangerous,... 

DEADLY PANDEMIC

14th August 2020 South Africa’s murder rate remains at pandemic-like levels. During the 2019/20 period covered by the latest crime statistics, murders in South Africa rose by 1.4% to 21 325, which translates to 36 murders for every 100 00 people living in the country. The most common causes of murder are... 

COVID IN COMMAND

7th August 2020 To navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and keep economic activity going ahead of the discovery of a safe vaccine that can be administered on a massive scale, adherence to the ‘Three Cs’ is critical. Besides wearing a mask and practicing hand hygiene, this means avoiding ‘Crowded Places’, ‘Confined... 

MANY FRACTURES

31st July 2020 As United Nations secretary-general António Guterres put it when delivering the 18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on July 18: “Covid-19 has been likened to an X-ray, revealing fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built.” Recovering from this pandemic and setting society on... 

DIVIDED OPINION

24th July 2020 The decision to reimpose a ban on the sale of alcohol during South Africa’s Level 3 lockdown has divided opinion. Supporters view the ban as rational, arguing that alcohol-abuse-induced trauma cases should decline materially, freeing up much needed hospital capacity to deal with the Covid-19... 

COLLECTIVE EFFORT

17th July 2020 It’s mid-July, and South Africa is, sadly, in the middle of its dreaded, and predicted, Covid-19 surge. Now is not the time for complacency or fatalism, however. South Africans need to double down on their physical-distancing, hand-hygiene and nonpharmaceutical-intervention efforts. Without... 

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