In the past month, we’ve heard two important messages for the country reeling from the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rising coronavirus cases and a particular worrying rise in weekly excess deaths are early pointers to a second wave in the pandemic that health minister Zweli Mkhize warned us of last week.
The fiscal strain facing South Africa is serious. Today, finance minister Tito Mboweni compared our fiscal position to that of the end of Apartheid.
SA’s resolve in achieving fiscal reform will be tested this week in the medium-term budget policy statement as we face up to the question of public-sector wages.
It was with great trepidation that we entered those uncertain days of the great lockdown.
Let me start by stating the obvious: the Covid-19 crisis has been devastating to our economy.
The call from BLSA, labour and civil society for greater urgency in the state’s response to the economic crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic has been loud and clear.
We are about a week away from a medium-term budget policy speech that comes in a most extraordinary year for all of us.
It’s almost a month since the state, labour, business and civil society agreed to an economic recovery plan at Nedlac. Now implementation is critical.
A central cog of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic recovery plan is boosting confidence in the country’s renewal after a decade of demoralising tales about “state capture”.
Flouting lockdown regulations has become almost as common an occurrence as the frequency with which the regulations themselves change.
The land issue in South Africa has not grown less important despite the seeming lack of focus on it at the moment.