The local and global medical crisis is fast becoming an unprecedented economic crisis. In this context the debate is dominated by epidemiologists and economists as SA and the world rush to find the right treatment model and the correct mix of economic stimuli and rescue packages. We are walking a tightrope, trying to save lives and also livelihoods.

On Wednesday the cabinet failed to announce its “recovery plan”, with more and more voices worrying that the government is mismanaging the economic response. A Business Day editorial on April 17 (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/editorials/2020-04-16-editorial-president-trips-on-his-economic-response-to-virus-after-an-energetic-start/) complained that the steps that have been taken so far are too small and that they have been bogged down in “bureaucratic incompetence”...

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