President Cyril Ramaphosa has rapidly mobilised life-saving financial support for small and medium enterprises, strengthened social support mechanisms for poor and vulnerable people, and catalysed philanthropy at scale to tackle this crisis.

The president has earned plaudits for leveraging public and private resources at an early stage of this crisis for SA and the rest of the continent. To date he has secured pledges of more than R2.2bn for the new Solidarity Fund from the country’s leading philanthropists and he established the AU Covid-19 Response Fund with pledges of $12.5m from member states and private banks...

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