The dictum “Do not let perfect become the enemy of good” is rarely more important than in a crisis. It is the approach President Cyril Ramaphosa and his advisers have adopted in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic and its threat of Covid-19 disease.

In that vein the Solidarity Fund, which was announced by Ramaphosa on March 24, was registered on March 25 and has moved with purpose and speed since then to acquire millions of personal protective equipment (PPE) items for tens of thousands of vulnerable South Africans at the front lines of the war against Covid-19...

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