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Social pacts between all levels of government, business and civil society could be a means for SA to quickly overcome the financial, social and political crises causes by Covid-19. But they will have to be more imaginative, innovative and practical than those tried before.

A social pact is an agreement between social partners, whether government, business, organised labour or civil society, to jointly solve a development, social or economic problem. They have the potential to play a catalytic role in rebuilding the post-Covid-19 economy, social order and politics. The reality is the state on its own cannot overcome the multiple Covid-19 crises. It simply lacks the capacity, leadership and ideas to do so...

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