Essential to the creation of this “new” economy is bridging the digital divide.
These are truly extraordinary times; there is nothing that could have prepared us or any other country for Covid-19 and the questions it would pose not only for our health but for our way of life.
We can only brace ourselves for what may emerge in a third wave that many experts are pencilling in for June or July.
To boost economic activity and access to services, SA needs to invest far more in infrastructure — such as transport projects — and ensure the programmes yield value for money in the long term, the authors say.
What a difference a year makes.
We’ve become disillusioned and almost numb to the years of corruption and fruitless expenditure across government departments, feeding into a confidence crisis that has tripped up efforts to propel economic growth, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
The growing unease at the lack of progress in the vaccine rollout was somewhat eased by this week’s announcement that Johnson & Johnson will produce 30-million vaccines for the country.
More than a decade has passed since the last infrastructure-led boom in the SA economy, one fuelled by the need to prepare for the Fifa World Cup and to urgently begin expanding our electricity generation capacity.
If ever we needed reminding of the electricity challenges that we still face as we head into our colder months, the return of load-shedding over the past few weeks was just it.
By Busi Mavuso
Taking over the political oversight of ailing state-owned enterprises (SOEs) such as Eskom was always going to be one of the more difficult jobs in the administration of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The confidence-sapping news of yet another delay in the auction of spectrum for telecommunications operators highlights yet another area of concern in South Africa’s pursuit of structural reforms: the limitations of SA’s key regulatory institutions.
Business for South Africa (B4SA) has been requested by the National Department of Health to set up a private sector structure that co-ordinates private sector vaccine roll out activities and feeds into the National Vaccine Co-ordinating Committee (Co-ordinating Committee).