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Unravelling why some democracies -- but not all -- are better at fighting pandemics

Unravelling why some democracies -- but not all -- are better at fighting pandemics

15th April 2020 One of democracy’s strengths is that it allows its critics to complain about it loudly. The current complaint in South Africa from some... 

Debunking 9 popular myths doing the rounds in Africa about the coronavirus

Debunking 9 popular myths doing the rounds in Africa about the coronavirus

14th April 2020 In the second week of March the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. By mid-March the disease had spread rapidly in many... 

The big asks Africa needs to table with the IMF and World Bank: here's the list

The big asks Africa needs to table with the IMF and World Bank: here's the list 

9th April 2020 The coronavirus and its economic consequences have caused economic tsunamis in every country in the world. The scale of the onslaught will dominate... 

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Investing in research is South Africa's best insurance policy against crises

Investing in research is South Africa's best insurance policy against crises

9th April 2020 As the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads around the world, causing the disease COVID-19, it is becoming ever clearer that the solutions to this pandemic... 

How Africa has developed its scientific research capabilities

How Africa has developed its scientific research capabilities

9th April 2020 Africa’s preparedness for containing the spread of Covid-19 is determined by several factors. So far the focus has been on Africa’s weak health... 

Ghana's president has invoked a tough new law against coronavirus: why it's disquieting

Ghana's president has invoked a tough new law against coronavirus: why it's disquieting

8th April 2020 During a state of emergency, governments, as the duty-bearers, are allowed to temporarily suspend the exercise and enjoyment of some rights. They... 

Tough choices about who gets ICU access: the ethical principles guiding South Africa

Tough choices about who gets ICU access: the ethical principles guiding South Africa

8th April 2020 Just weeks after confirming the first case of COVID-19 in South Africa, the government ordered a lockdown in an attempt to flatten the curve of... 

Few clinical trials are done in Africa: COVID-19 shows why this urgently needs to change

Few clinical trials are done in Africa: COVID-19 shows why this urgently needs to change

7th April 2020 The World Health Organisation (WHO), in its quest to find efficacious therapies to treat Covid-19, plans to conduct a multi-arm, multi-country... 

Coronavirus will have long-term implications for business leaders. Here are the top five

Coronavirus will have long-term implications for business leaders. Here are the top five

3rd April 2020 As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, the focus of business leaders and others has been on immediate responses and short-term time horizons. This is for... 

COVID-19: how personal versus public freedoms are playing out in South Africa

COVID-19: how personal versus public freedoms are playing out in South Africa

3rd April 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in South Africa two weeks ago, the first glimpse emerged of the lengths to which people would go to avoid... 

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