Our governmental COVID-19 mitigation policy of broad societal lockdown focuses on containing the spread of the disease at all costs, instead of “flattening the curve” and preventing hospital overcrowding. Although well-intentioned, the lockdown was imposed without consideration of its consequences beyond those directly from the pandemic.
Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, started his emergency budget speech by alluding to the two solutions the government must implement: stabilising debt and reducing the deficit. Alas, the initial spark of hope soon died.
The outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent pandemic has led to an alarming uptick in authoritarian behavior by governments across the globe, who are using the crisis to silence critics, an open letter signed by more than 500 former world leaders and Nobel Laureates claims.
Premiums of roughly R10 per month have triggered average payments of around R400,000 for a small group of insurance clients who took out pandemic extensions to their business interruption policies, at a time the coronavirus disaster was nearly unthinkable.
A new Ipsos/News24 poll has revealed the dire effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on many News24 readers’ finances, with thousands resorting to dipping into their savings to make ends meet and reporting a severe impact on their financial positions.
The South African pharmaceutical giant Aspen says it can manufacture 10 million tablets that can save some severely ill Covid-19 patients within a month – as the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of surging demand for dexamethasone.
People who test positive again for the coronavirus, despite having already recovered from COVID-19, aren’t being reinfected, a new study finds.
On Tuesday, the 76-year old Hasso Plattner announced that his foundation has donated R100 million towards South Africa’s Solidarity Fund.
The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) should widen its probe into fraudulent transactions involving the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)’s Covid-19 Ters benefit.
The DA intends to appeal a Gauteng High Court judgment that directed the government to use transformation criteria when providing relief.
The EFF insists that its leaders have no criminal connection to the looting of the VBS Bank. The party said in a statement on Wednesday that it was pleased to hear of the arrests of individuals accused of bankrupting the bank.
Instead of covering this up or ignoring until people forget, they’re actually running an article exposing the story behind the bizarre rushed studies and subsequent retractions. And they even call it a scandal.
Eight men were arrested early on Wednesday morning in connection with the theft of R2,7-billion at VBS Mutual Bank between 2015 and 2018. The National Prosecuting Authority issued a racketeering certificate in which the group is accused of being instrumental in the fleecing of the bank’s resources and its ultimate implosion. They will be prosecuted for a broad range of crimes, including allegations of racketeering, corruption, money laundering, fraud, bribery and theft, Scorpio was told.
Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the World Health Organization’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, says transmission of the coronavirus by people who aren’t showing symptoms is “very rare.” She spoke Monday at a briefing in Geneva.
A cheap steroid, which is available from R149 an injection in South Africa, has been hailed as a breakthrough treatment to reduce fatalities among severely ill Covid-19 patients.
The widely available steroid drug dexamethasone may be key in helping to treat the sickest Covid-19 patients who require ventilation or oxygen, according to researchers in the United Kingdom.