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A time for stability to return

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Whether or not a second wave of the pandemic comes along, the room for manoeuvring for the government is very limited.


18 Aug 2020
PREMIUM!
A time for stability to return

Parkhurst restaurant owners, staff, patrons along 7th and 4th streets in Johannesburg, 22 July 2020, during the protest against the restrictions imposed by lockdown and the lack of deadline for restuarants affecting the livehoods of people. Restaurant owners, staff, patrons took to the streets to voice their anger. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The wildly circulated joke that during the national state of disaster people were not allowed to visit relatives but could arrange to meet them at a casino or restaurant for a meal goes a long way in summing up government’s difficult position during the Covid-19 lockdown. From day one of the declaration of the state of national disaster, it was clear that the unenviable battle that government faced was one between saving lives by restricting personal interactions and saving the country’s economy by allowing parts of it to function to save whatever jobs could be saved – especially in the...

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