News & Analysis: South Africa

Ramaphosa in self-quarantine after guest at fundraising dinner tests positive for COVID-19

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of self-quarantine following the positive COVID-19 diagnosis of a guest at a dinner attended by Ramaphosa on Saturday.”

via News 24

Not waiting for a savior

“The picture of how successfully Africa has combated COVID-19 to date may be up for discussion, but the innovation and ingenuity demonstrated in the continent’s response to the pandemic deserves to be reflected in writing on the global response.”

via Africa is a Country

African money transfer firms thrive as pandemic spurs online remittances

“The pandemic gave remittance companies an advantage over their main competition in Africa: the sprawling informal networks of traders, bus drivers and travellers used by many migrants to send money home.”

via Reuters

How should we evaluate lockdowns? Disentangling Effectiveness, Context, and Politics

“In the early stages of the pandemic, there was significant pressure and urgency to respond. Now several months into the response, we are better equipped to assess the effectiveness and necessity of lockdowns, and to determine the most appropriate package of interventions to combat COVID-19.”

via Center for Global Development

Entrepreneurs strike COVID-19 gold

“A handful of companies, especially in the tech, online services and logistics field, were able to weather the COVID-19 storm with a little bit of flair through innovative and sometimes crazy changes in how their businesses ran, while other people started new businesses.”

via Mail & Guardian

South Africa: ‘We don’t want to scare you’: Mkhize warns of COVID-19 ‘resurgence’

“Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is worried about South Africa’s COVID-19 trajectory, particularly following a recent spike in the Western Cape.”

via Sunday Times (South Africa)

Joburg electricity costs spiral as city suffers COVID-19 revenue loss

“Johannesburg city bosses have pushed electricity tariffs so high that they are now the most expensive in the country. Now consumers are feeling the pinch.”

via Daily Maverick

Cyril Ramaphosa: ‘South Africa’s economic recovery must be swift and inclusive’

“When it comes to unemployment, the Presidential Employment Stimulus is not about vague commitments for some time in the future, but about jobs being created right here and now.”

via Daily Maverick

It’s not a ‘second wave’: COVID-19 resurges because safety measures are relaxed or ignored

“The danger of thinking of this as a second wave is it obscures the fact that suppression measures have slowed the spread and relaxing them prematurely can make numbers take off again.”

via Mail & Guardian

South Africa: Zweli Mkhize and wife test positive for COVID-19

“Health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday night that he and his wife had contracted COVID-19.”

via Sunday Times