News & Analysis: Political impact

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

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

Kenya records 685 cases, government warns of impending second wave

“Health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the country was headed for the second wave of COVID-19. Kagwe urged political leaders halt political rallies describing such gatherings as fertile ground for the spread of COVID-19.”

via Tuko

Gauteng Premier David Makhura fires embattled Health MEC Bandile Masuku

“Gauteng Premier David Makhura has decided to remove embattled Health MEC Bandile Masuku. Two sources close to the matter said Makhura was ‘left without a choice’ and had to take action against Masuku, given the allegations of impropriety against him.”

via News24

COVID-19: Kenya’s cases cross 40,000 mark as 271 more test positive

“The Ministry of Health raised concern over the increasing number of positive cases in counties of Turkana and Uasin Gishu. The government urged Kenyans to keep off crowded areas especially political gatherings which provide a fertile ground for the spread of the virus.”

via Tuko

Observing COVID-19 in Africa through a ‘public authorities’ lens

“To understand the response to COVID-19 in Africa we must look beyond actions taken by formal states. The roles played by various public authorities, operating below the national level, are crucial in shaping the pandemic’s long-term legacy.”

via Africa at LSE

Paths out of the pandemic

“Dire predictions of the toll in Africa from COVID-19 were overblown but disinformation is threatening public health initiatives.”

via Africa Confidential

Record-breaking $86bn debt leaves Nigerians stunned

“The pressure on the economy has caused an 8.31 percent increase in debt owed from the total of $79.3 billion recorded in March.The public debt spiralled as officials argued for funding budget deficits and critical infrastructure.”

via The East African

COVID-19’s impact on South Africa’s relations with Africa

“South Africa’s Africa agenda has always been central to its foreign policy. However, the pandemic has exposed some of the contradictions within its implementation, as the effectiveness of this policy is determined not only by the government’s pronouncements on its commitment to the continent but also by its actions both inside and outside the country.”

via SAIIA

Kenyans sharply divided on proposed reopening of schools in October

“Whereas they were those who welcomed the Education Ministry’s directive, others pointed out the country was ill-prepared to handle a surge in COVID-19 cases thus should go slow on reopening.”

via Tuko